INVISIO's new in-ear headset achieves
market-leading hearing protection levels

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Tactical communications leaders INVISIO have revealed that their latest in-ear headset, the X7, has achieved a ground-breaking level of hearing protection of 39 dB SNR, providing higher safety levels for users than ever.

The INVISIO X7, performed even better in tests than its initial results, and has now been certified as delivering industry-first levels of hearing protection, outperforming all other tactical headsets for dismounted usage. The impressive test results are part of an array of improvements that have been made to the X7, ensuring it offers a whole new level of comfort and ease of use as well as hearing protection, thus remaining market-leading within this field.

The X7's proven ability to offer unrivalled hearing protection ensures it has ongoing appeal to a range of sectors and not only meets requirements when it comes to safety, but surpasses those, having a huge impact on the times users can operate safely in high-noise environments.

User impact

According to INVISIO's latest test results, which have been independently verified, the X7 offers 39dB of SNR. This compares to the highest, current level of certified hearing protection using an over-the-ear dismounted headset of 29 dB - corresponding to the user being able to withstand three times louder noise levels. It also suggests that the operator can cope with eight times longer exposure to the same noise levels, marking a huge shift when it comes to what these headset users can do and where they can operate.

The improvements in hearing protection will provide a profound impact when firing weapons; both in terms of the calibre used and the number of firings users can be exposed to without compromising safety. Similarly, improved hearing protection levels will have a tangible impact on the type of vehicle platforms dismounted soldiers can operate in and how long they can be mounted safely for when exposed to high continuous noise levels. Carsten Aagesen, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at INVISIO said: “X7 users will be even better protected and can work in noisier environments for longer periods of time, without risking damage to their hearing”.

Fully certified

INVISIO's milestone achievement in hearing protection has been fully certified by an independent test laboratory and notified body, hence it releasing its results as the latest advantage of the newest in-ear headset in its range.

The improvements are the result of extensive R&D efforts and vigorous testing of the INVISIO X7 using six different sizes of foam tips and three different sizes of tri-flanged tips.

Key INVISIO X7 certified hearing protection results:

  • 39 dB SNR and 32 dB NRR (using INVISIO's foam tips)
  • 31 dB SNR and 25 dB NRR (using INVISIO's tri-flanged tips)
  • 43 dB dual layer hearing protection (simultaneous use of INVISIO X7 and T7)

On top of its own market-leading hearing protection, the X7 can be combined with the INVISIO T7 over-the ear headset to provide dual-layer hearing protection of 43dB SNR when exposed to excessive noise environments. These two intelligent headsets work seamlessly together, allowing users to move dynamically without losing vital communications or situational awareness at any time. “When we launched the X7 we said it would set a new industry benchmark for in-ear headsets in the most demanding environments, and these SNR figures show that we have achieved exactly that”, added Aagesen.

Feedback-based design

The INVISIO X7 was developed using extensive feedback from both military and public safety operators to create its range of new features, which include the ergonomic design along with previous attributes of being headwear-agnostic, having an unobtrusive design and hugely robust, being submersible to 2 metres for 2 hours MIL-STD-810G compliant.

The headset is AI-enhanced, with an integrated Voice Pick-up Sensor (VPU) which picks up vibrations from the inner ear and transforms them into speech without the need for a specific in-ear contact point to transmit the speech. The AI-powered audio enhancements provide unparalleled communication and speech quality excluding unwanted noise with different hear-through modes and digital signalling processing that automatically adjust the received audio volume to the surrounding noise levels.

“The X7 is the product of our ongoing work to create the best headsets on the market, and headset systems that can work intelligently together with the rest of our state-of-the-art technology to ensure users not only have situational awareness wherever they are, but can operate comfortably and safe in the knowledge that they have the best hearing protection possible,” added Aagesen.

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