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Piezo Pair Materials for the Selective Exclusion of Workplace Noise

Objective

The problem of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in the work place is a problem for SMEs and European workers, particularly in the manufacturing and transport sectors. NIHL results in reduced productivity from lost work days, insurance claims and potential early retirement. Current EU legislation requires employers to provide suitable ear protection for workers exposed to high levels of noise, but worker compliance is often low as they perceive the use of hearing protection as impairing hearing capability. Thus a suitable alternative to existing ear protection is needed, allowing speech and alarms to be heard whilst significantly reducing other potentially harmful sound. In summary the PiezoSelEx device will: • Promote productivity due to easier communication • Reduce the risk of NIHL • Contribute to a more comfortable work environment • Reduce employee absenteeism due to increased wearer comfort and a reduction in NIHL • Contribute to a safer working environment as warning signals will be easier to hear. The use of piezo materials in this proposal has many advantages over prior art of high end earplugs. The novel use of ‘piezo pairs’ self-powers the earplug, thus eliminating the need for external electrical equipment as is required by all current piezo earplugs. Furthermore, the use of sets of piezo pairs not only enables the device to cancel out all noise above 75 dB (A), but also ‘filter’ out background noise except for sound frequencies associated with speech and warning signals. The use of piezo pairs removes the need for batteries, thus having positive environmental implications. Ergonomic and safety testing of the prototype will take place to ensure maximum comfort and safety for users over extended periods of time. There are also a number of wider benefits for Europe. In addition to working environments currently protected by legislation our device may provide a driver to enforce new legislations, particularly in the entertainment industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

GBA Services Ltd
Address
Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank 429
PR4 6XJ Preston
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 373 386
Administrative Contact
Andrew Birkbeck (Mr.)

Participants (8)

PIEZOTECH SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 62 224,50
Address
Rue De Colmar 9
68220 Hesingue
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Domingues Dos Santos (Dr.)
STATICE SANTE
France
EU contribution
€ 233 327,44
Address
Rue Thomas Edison 9
25000 Besancon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Schoeb (Mr.)
DBHi Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 254 502,59
Address
Liverpool Road 209
PR8 4PH Birkdale
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Kiddell (Mr.)
TROYKA MAKINA GIDA INSAAT MUHENDISLIK ENERJI CEVRE BILISIM ARASTIRMA GELISTIRME DANISMANLIK SANAYI VE PAZARLAMA LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 169 889,84
Address
Odtu Teknokent Ikizler Binasi
06531 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nuri Akkas (Prof.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOMECANICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 5 288
Address
Camino De Vera Edificio 9C Universidad Politecnica De Valencia
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Oltra (Mr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 364
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 218
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nieves Murillo (Dr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 242
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gareth Mcgrath (Mr.)