Hearing protection leader Howard Leight has redesigned and updated its popular AirSoftmultiple-use earplugs. First introduced nearly 30 years ago, AirSoft was the first earplug to utilize an internal air pocket. Offering an ultra-high attenuation of 26 dB Class 5, AirSoft quickly became an industry standard and the flagship product of the Howard Leightline. The updated AirSoft includes new material, new design features, and new engineering technologies that provide even better fit, comfort and performance.
According to Bacou-Dalloz , with AirSoft approaching its 30th birthday, it was appropriate to look for ways to improve upon the original design. With recent advances in material science and design innovations, it quickly became apparent that Bacou-Dalloz could make an industry standard like AirSoft even better. The improved AirSoft design is easier to insert, fits better in the ear, and is more comfortable for long-time wear.
Key to the success of the original AirSoft and to the redesigned product is its internal air pocket design. The improved design incorporates a series of patented, noise-blocking fins within the pocket. As the air pocket compresses in the ear canal, these fins interweave to create a noise-blocking barrier optimized to the wearer's ear canal. This facilitates more dependable attenuation from one user to another.
A fourth flange has been added to AirSoft's profile, and the center shaft has been stiffened to facilitate insertion and removal, and to assure a more consistent fit. The new flange design creates a better seal in the ear canal and is more tapered, with rounded edges, to increase comfort. As a result, AirSoft fits more comfortably in a wider range of ear canals, eliminating the necessity for multiple sizes.
The original PVC material in AirSoft has been replaced with a more user-friendly TPE which also increases comfort, especially during long-time wear. Howard Leight has retained AirSoft's familiar look, but has added a trademarked logo on the stem collar to assure users they are receiving a genuine Howard Leight product. AirSoft is available in corded and uncorded versions, and with an SLC80 of 26 dB, AirSoft provides the industry's high attenuation available in a multiple-use earplug.
In recent product testing, safety managers unanimously endorsed AirSoft's improvements, citing better fit, comfort and enhanced protection. Bacou-Dalloz’s improved AirSoft is designed to please both current users of the original AirSoft, as well as new customers looking for the latest and great in in-ear solutions.
Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight Industries has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of in-ear hearing protection in the industrial market and is widely recognized as an innovator in protection and fit. Since 2001 Howard Leight has been a part of the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group.
Combining the innovation and expertise of Howard Leight Earplugs and Bilsom Earmuffs, the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group is a world leader in hearing safety.