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Heat-activated SmartFit Reusable Earplugs provide long-term comfort


Advanced material technology conforms to the ear canal
for custom-like fit, extended comfort

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (May 27, 2003) The new Howard Leight SmartFit reusable earplug uses advanced Conforming Material Technology to adapt its original form to the unique shape of the individuals ear for exceptional comfort and a custom-like fit with an off-the-shelf product.

SmartFit earplugs feature new, heat-activated materials that sense the contours of the users ear canal and adjust their shape accordingly providing superb fit at an affordable price, said Bill Sokol, Hearing Protection Brand Manager, Bacou-Dalloz. Increased comfort will extend wear-time, improve compliance, and ultimately help to preserve workers hearing.

Once inside the ear, SmartFit warms up and takes on the shape of the surrounding ear canal. Unlike traditional earplugs, which may feel fine at first but can irritate over time, SmartFit is designed to feel better the longer its worn. In addition, its conforming fit means that one size is suitable for nearly all employees. When removed, SmartFit returns to its original shape ready to be used again.

Howard Leight, a division of Bacou-Dalloz, developed SmartFit as its newest reusable earplug. It has a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 25 for solid, reliable protection and is ideal in applications that require constant hearing protection over extended periods of time, such as manufacturing line operations, oil/petroleum refining, and mining.

SmartFits unique design features a flanged handle for easy insertion and removal. It also includes a detachable fabric cord that adapts to any application or user preference, and a HearPack storage case for long-term protection and use.

For more information or to request samples, call 877-618-1905 or visit www.howardleight.com/smartfit/samples or www.bacou-dalloz.com.

A division of Bacou-Dalloz Inc., Howard Leight Industries is a leading manufacturer of hearing protection devices, including reusable and disposable earplugs, banded hearing protectors and earmuffs. Founded in 1971, Howard Leight has excelled at product development and innovation in hearing protection for more than 25 years. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., its state-of-the-art facility houses a world-class audiology department that maintains the highest quality standards and is actively involved in the design and evaluation of hearing protection products. In 1998, Howard Leight Industries was acquired by Bacou USA Inc., who joined with Dalloz in 2001 to form the worlds largest personal protection safety equipment company. Bacou-Dalloz provides head-to-toe protection through their core businesses: hearing protection (helmets, earmuffs and earplugs); eye and face protection (safety eyewear, laser protection and eyewash products); respiratory protection (gas detectors and respirators); fall protection (harnesses, lanyards, lifelines and fall arrest systems); and body protection (gloves, apparel and shoes).

Contact:Bill Sokol
Brand Manager
Bacou-Dalloz Inc.
401-233-0333
bsokol@bacou-dalloz.com


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