Flare Isolate Metal Earplugs
Released in 2016 the new Isolate Aluminium earplugs are now in store!
ISOLATE® earplugs by Flare Audio Ltd is a revolutionary new, patent-pending ear protector, set to rival traditional foam or flanged ear plugs for both home and commercial use.
Traditional earplugs rely on absorption to attenuate sound, which rapidly meets its limit, particularly with bass frequencies. ISOLATE® protectors reflect sound away from the ears and therefore achieve much greater attenuation, as they do not accept sound into the ear canal.
The first of their kind made from solid metal (standard aluminum or Pro titanium options), the micro protectors will help protect your hearing using Flare’s unique approach, making ear protectors a more effective and enjoyable experience.
Reusable and designed for life-long use, ISOLATE® is perfect anytime you want to reduce sound levels, whether at concerts or motor sport events, travelling (suppress train, plane or public noise), in noisy working environments, at home or to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. They’re so effective at not only meeting but surpassing health and safety requirements, they are ideal for industrial workplace environments, replacing both in-ear and over-ear alternatives.
Flare Audio is already respected in the live audio industry, with its products used by artists at festivals and concerts. Flare products are also installed at cinemas, including the renowned Olympic Studios in London.
Delivered with Flare’s discreet and stylish custom-designed memory foam tips, EARFOAMS®, ISOLATE® dramatically reduces sound without muffling or distortion. They block all standard sounds such as snoring or traffic noise and vastly reduce excessive sound levels, ranging from concert and festival sound to close range roadworks or aviation noise. Live music sounds clearer, with increased detail at safer listening levels. Ears are protected from loud noise that could otherwise damage your hearing.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Here’s the science. Medical experts agree that ringing and muffled ears ‘the morning after the night before’ is the sound of hearing damage. Flare believes that conventional plastic or foam earplugs don't work very well to protect the ears because both these materials stop some sound entering the ears, but not all, especially lower frequencies. When low frequencies get past traditional ear protection they apply an EQ on your hearing which means details are lost and you are left in a world of booming bass and sub sonic pressure which most people can’t wait to escape from. The frequencies muffle sound, leaving you feeling disconnected or underwater.
Traditional earplugs, particularly the standard foam ones, rely on absorption principles. Trying to absorb sound requires a large amount of material to work well. When an ear plug has less than an inch of material the resulting small scale absorption leads to muddy/muffled audio in the high and mid frequencies, with little to no reduction in bass frequencies. With bass getting through, music is no longer enjoyable to listen too as it masks details of higher frequencies.
“Solid metal is a good conductor so it has never been considered for use as an ear protector before,” Flare explains. “But what we discovered was that, in order to conduct sound, metals need a direct connection. Without a direct connection, solid metal blocks and reflects sound perfectly. When you isolate a small piece of metal or dense material in soft foam inside your ear, sound cannot get into it through the flexible medium of air: it becomes the perfect isolator. Understanding this principle drove us to develop the perfect ear plug or ‘protector’. We wanted to revolutionise hearing protection."
ISOLATE® blocks sound from entering the ears and so attenuates all frequencies. Sound is not able to conduct into the patent-pending technology that ISOLATE® uses, which means users are able to effectively turn their ears off to direct sound. The only sound you hear while using ISOLATE® is from bone conduction, which results in an enjoyable and balanced experience with safe, low level sound detail, rather than the rumble and distortion created by traditional ear plugs.