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“When hearing is damaged or lost, there’s no way to get it back.CoreMicro's Safe Volume Earbuds will reduce the numbers of hearing impaired children coming to see us in the future – and we can only imagine how many kids will be grateful to their parents for protecting them against a preventable source of hearing loss.” said Dr. Blake Papsin, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP
“I don’t know anyone in the world who cannot benefit from iHearSafe.” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at the 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge, held by The History Channel and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.
The iHearSafe earbuds were among 25 inventions showcased in a travelling exhibition by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
“You’ll never have to tell your kids to turn it down again,” David Pogue of The New York Times. The iHearSafe earbuds received a coveted Pogie Award for “the glints of cleverness and innovation that sometimes appear in consumer electronics and that should become standard in their product categories.”
“Worried that your kids are ruining their hearing from blasting their music? Here’s one possible solution.”Donny Deutsch, host of CNBC’s The Big Idea.
“With all of the talk lately about hearing loss and ear buds, play it safe and grab some of the iHearSafe volume limiting ear buds for yourself and your kids.”
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“It’s a great way to get the younger ones who have not been exposed to loud music yet started on the right path.”
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“Given the ubiquity of MP3 players, we’re wondering why no one invented this sooner, but glad someone finally did.” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“This local innovation truly has the ability to change peoples’ lives for the better,”
Roy Duddy, executive director, the New Hampshire Business Resource Center.
iHearSafe is a trademark of Ingemi Corp and the iHearSafe patent pending technology is owned by Ingemi Corp, New Hampshire, USA.
Toronto, ON – All too often, tragic and avoidable deaths and injuries happen in Canada because MP3 listening kids and adults can’t or don’t hear what’s around them. These same MP3 users are also at risk for noise-related hearing loss, the result of music played at unsafe levels so close to the ear. In response, Canadian company CoreMicro is launching the SafeVolume earbuds, a decibel limiting “make sense” product in retail stores nation wide on May 27.
Retailing for the affordable price of $19.99, CoreMicro’s SafeVolume earbuds will be available at Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Atlantic Superstore and also via Dell Canada Online. The SafeVolume earbuds feature the patent-pending, sound limiting iHearSafe™ technology. The earbud and the technology in it are the recent winners of a 2008 iParenting Media Award.
The SafeVolume launch overlaps both Speech and Hearing Awareness Month (May) and the start of the summer season, a time when kids have more time to listen to MP3 players.
An estimated 1 in 10 Canadians, representing 3 million people, experience significant hearing loss, increasingly from preventable injuries, including MP3 players played at unsafe levels. And every year, emergency room doctors see far too many accidents, some fatal, because MP3 users simply couldn’t hear their surroundings.
The SafeVolume earbuds are the first in CoreMicro’s Playsafe line, which is comprised exclusively of kid-friendly products that make play safer while contributing to causes and programs that better the lives of children and families. A portion of CoreMicro’s sales of SafeVolume earbuds will be donated to Canadian hearing organizations and other children’s charities, including Meagan’s Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope, a volunteer organization raising money for paediatric brain tumour research at SickKids.
“We built the CoreMicro name on digital technology that helped people save or recover precious documents, pictures and memories,” says CoreMicro’s Toronto-based president, David Eby, a married father of three. “SafeVolume earbuds extend our mission of protection to our customers themselves and to the people they treasure most: their families. We’re delighted to be launching our newest division, Playsafe, with a product that could literally save millions of eardrums.”
The noise-reducing feature of the SafeVolume device cannot be removed or tampered with, an important consideration when sounds above 85 decibels for eight hours or more can result in hearing damage. Unlike software, which can be deleted, the technology behind SafeVolume cannot be circumvented.
CoreMicro’s SafeVolume earbuds look like any other standard headset with two small earbuds that fit snugly in the ears — but with one big difference. A small circuit in the earbud wire prevents sounds from exceeding 85 decibels — about the level of city traffic — no matter how high the music player is turned up.
The earbuds have independent verification from audiologists that the product caps sound at the 85 decibel threshold.
Before CoreMicro’s SafeVolume earbuds have even hit store shelves, the earbuds and the iHearSafe™ technology featured in them has won critical notice and several awards, including the coveted Pogie award from New York Times tech guru David Pogue. The technology also received a top five finalist award from Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge, issued by The History Channel and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, prompting the Award’s presenter, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to say “I don’t know anyone in the world who can’t benefit from iHearSafe™ .”
iHearSafe™ is a trademark of Ingemi Corp and the iHearSafe™ patent pending technology is owned by Ingemi Corp., New Hampshire, USA.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Toronto, CoreMicro offers top quality, innovative, technologically driven products at competitive prices with exceptional customer service. A leading distributor of flash memory cards used in cameras, cell phones, music players and other electronic devices, CoreMicro kicks off its newest division, PlaySafe, with the launch of its SafeVolume earbuds. Please visit to learn more.
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