Product: Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs protect individuals with sensory sensitivities from the discomfort of loud sounds while preserving the clarity of sound in their environment.
For decades, foam earplugs and over-ear headphones have been the standard for protecting individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory disorders from the discomfort they experience in loud environments. These types of hearing protections are designed to block sound and muffle sound, which severely inhibits the ability to hear and understand people talking, as well as the ability to hear what is happening in one’s environment. This can hinder social interaction and participation, and can often be a safety concern. Not to mention, these common hearing protection devices are often uncomfortable and brightly colored, which can draw unwanted attention in a variety of situations.
Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs, recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, are a product new to the world of sensory relief, but one that allows individuals with sensory sensitivities to be comfortable in environments that would typically feel uncomfortably loud and overstimulating, while still being able to hear everything around them, including human speech, with clarity. Originally designed for live music, Vibes use acoustic filters and a sound tube designed to mimic the inner ear canal to lower decibels by an average of 22dB without sacrificing sound quality. In short, Vibes lower the volume of the wearer’s environment to a more comfortable level, while still allowing them to hear clearly.
In reference to the adjustments that a family has to make to accommodate their child’s sensory sensitivities, one parent who purchased Vibes for his son who has autism and is sensitive to noise, reported that Vibes “reduce those adjustments, and my son and the rest of our family get to share events and experiences we have not been able to in the past.”
With three interchangeable sizes of soft silicone ear tips (S, M, L), Vibes are designed to comfortably fit all sizes of ears. Vibes’ clear-as-glass design makes them virtually invisible, permitting individuals with sensory sensitivities to be discreet about their use of hearing protection at school, movie theaters, grocery stores, crowded streets, doctor’s offices, shopping malls, etc. Each pair of Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs also includes a convenient pocket-sized carrying case, the option to include an attachable cord to prevent the earplugs from getting lost (available on Amazon), as well as a donation to Hear the World Foundation, a global hearing health charity that provides hearing aids, hearing healthcare, and education to children and families around the world in need.
Link: Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs are available online through Vibes.
This article was featured in Issue 65 – Back-To-School Transitions