Innovative Dive Helmet for Hearing Conservation (1001-860)

Period of Performance: 06/25/2012 - 04/13/2013

$80K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Rhode Island
School of Oceanography 215 South Ferry Road
Kingstown, RI 02882
Institution POC

Abstract

Helmeted divers are exposed to high levels of noise. The sources of these noises can be self-generated (e.g. airflow through the demand-regulators during inhalation and bubble noise during exhalation), as well as transmitted through the helmet from underwater tools. While administrative controls (i.e. noise exposure guidance and regulations) are a necessary part of an overall hearing protection strategy, the critical component that determines success is our ability to eliminate the effects of various noise sources. The proposed Triton system addresses the noises associated with the various dive helmets currently in use by the U.S. Navy. During Phase I Triton will determine the feasibility of developing and constructing the proposed technology to reduce the acoustic noise produced by and transmitted through dive helmets (