Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

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Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Mon, 06/06/2016

Hearing loss is a big problem in the military. According to Defense Department statistics, more than half of all troops returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from some sort of damage to their hearing. Since 2014, the U.S. Army has gradually been deploying the latest version of a hearing protection system that protects users from loud noises while still letting them hear the world around them. The system is called TCAPS, or Tactical Communication and Protective System, and about 20,000 of the new TCAPS devices have been deployed in the field so far.

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