Featuring an advanced acoustic filter and volume slider, dBud is an earplug designed to protect your ears from harmful noise while giving you a crisper, clearer listening experience. With the slide of a button you can adjust the amount of decibels you want to filter out, allowing you to set the appropriate sound level for your environment.
Noise pollution is a global and rapidly growing issue. Consistent elevated sound levels, whether at work or in your free time, can cause problems like hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance and sleep disturbance. Add to that constant headphone listening, often at levels set to exceed the noises around you, and it’s no wonder as many as one billion young people worldwide are at risk of hearing loss.
dBud’s two stage volume slider enables you set the appropriate attenuation for your environment. In open position noise reduction is about 15 dB and in closed position about 30 dB. Due to a logarithmic relationship, increasing volume with as little as 6 dB will double the sound pressure exerted on your ears. Your ears however, will perceive a doubling of volume for every 10 dB increase in sound pressure.
In open position dBud reduces the perceived volume with around 65% and actual sound pressure with as much as 97%. In closed position the perceived volume reduction is about 87.5% and actual reduction of sound pressure as much as 99.9%.
After getting successfully funded on Kickstarter, dBud is now available to pre-order on Indiegogo for $54 USD.
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