ProSounds X-Pro earplugs give noise the silent treatment

Earplugs can come in handy whenever people are faced with loud, irritating noise for extended periods of time –- such as on an airplane or at an especially loud concert that a heavy metal fan friend has dragged them to. But there are several problems with earplugs –- among them, that they can sometimes block out too much sound and they can also often be very uncomfortable.

ProSounds X-Pro solves both of those particular issues. They are manually switchable earplugs that have been designed to fit comfortably in any ear. After the X-Pro is placed in the ear, the user can activate its hearing protection with the push of a button. Its closed valve will protect the user’s hearing by providing 30 decibels (dB) of noise reduction with its foam tips (24 dB noise reduction with silicon tips).  When the user needs to hear again, instead of completely removing the earplugs, the user can simply press the button again to open the patent-pending acoustic valve, allowing sound to pass through naturally.

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Smart Earplug provide a volume knob for real life

Smart EarplugSelective hearing is about to go from being a figure of speech to a new reality. Smart Earplug offers the option of controlling sound that’s being blocked. Through the use of a built-in sliding window, users can gradually decrease or increase the sound that is impacting their eardrums. Whether it’s a noisy work environment, a rock concert, air travel or parents seeking peace and quiet from noisy kids, volume controlled earplugs let users decide how loud is too loud. For $18, backers can get the early bird special of one pair with an expected delivery of August 2014.