3M develops revolutionary new hearing protection and communication product

January 31, 2011
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3M announces a new in-ear headset designed for use with two-way radios, that allows the user to wear other PPE such as respiratory protection, welding helmets and military-style helmets.

Following in its long tradition of customer-focused technology expertise, 3M has launched yet another product that offers what customers have needed for quite some time.

The all-new 3M™ Peltor™ ORA TAC In-Ear Tactical Communications Headset provides all-inone lightweight hearing protection, ambient (tactical) listening and two-way communication. 3M Peltor product marketer, Jason Jones, says, “One of the great features of this product is that the hearing protection is provided through comfortable, lightweight earplug tips. These earplug tips have tactical microphones in them that allow the user to hear ambient sound at or below 82 dB regardless of the actual external sound level. In addition, the user can communicate via a two-way radio without the need for a boom microphone. Workers can easily wear this system with welding helmets as well as powered and supplied air units."

ORA TAC is a direct-connect product for use with a variety of two-way radios. The system uses an in-ear communications microphone to transmit the user’s voice, helping to minimize external noise. In addition, the long history of 3M™ E-A-R™ passive hearing protection is incorporated into its earplug tips through the use of 3M™ E-A-R™ UltraFit™ Earplugs.

Please contact a 3M Hearing Conservation Specialist for additional information relating to this new product, or for other 3M Hearing Protection information.

Additional information

For more information about 3M™, Peltor™ and E-A-R™ hearing protection products, or additional resources and information on its comprehensive approach to hearing conservation visit www.3m.com/hearing.

About 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division

3M OH&ES Division is a global leader in respiratory, hearing, fall protection, detection, and environmental products. Visit www.3M.com/OccSafety.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter. 3M, Peltor, E-A-R, and UltraFit are trademarks of 3M Company, used under license in Canada. Peltor is a trademark of 3M Svenska AB used under license.

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