World’s first active noise cancelling earplugs to the market

28 January 2017

QuietOn helps to reduce noise, sleep better and improves work ergonomics

The global phenomenon of ever increasing environmental noise affects everyday lives and is one of the factors affecting general wellbeing. Noise has been diagnosed as a major cause of hearing loss, insomnia, increased stress levels and other health related problems. To tackle the universal noise pollution, two former Finnish Nokia engineers developed the world’s smallest active noise cancelling wearable, the QuietOn earplugs.

“The QuietOn project started from the need of saving the air passengers from the weariness of continuous airplane cabin noise. Now the number of QuietOn’s user groups is growing daily as more people are adopting the earplugs,” says Global Sales Director Olli Remes from QuietOn Ltd.

QuietOn has been accepted as a functional sleeping aid by suppressing the noise of a snoring partner or sounds coming through walls in the apartment, hotel room or any other contemporary accommodation. Hospital patients and military personnel have also concluded that QuietOn earplugs work well in creating one’s own personal space in group accommodation.

Acute help for work ergonomics

QuietOn is being utilized also in various working environments, such as open plan offices to ease one’s focus on a task on-hand and in factories to relieve workers from the machinery noise.

“Our active noise cancelling earplugs have also proved to be an essential tool in enhancing the work ergonomics. For example dental clinics are interested in the product in saving dentists from the inevitable hearing loss,” Olli Remes says.

QuietOn earplugs utilize active noise cancellation technology as well as passive acoustic attenuation. The earplugs' microphones capture external sound and use speakers to produce phase-shifted sound that cancels out the original sound.

“The greatest benefit of active noise cancellation technology is that it reduces the low frequency sounds that ordinary earplugs are not able to address. Our product fits to larger and smaller ears perfectly. We have designed a handy carry on box that also functions as a charger. You can use the earplugs up to 50 hours with one charge,” Remes emphasizes.

Tested in the air

The inventors of QuietOn Matti Nisula and Janne Kyllönen have a background in Nokia mobile phones and electronics. The idea was to have active noise cancelling product that was small enough to enable sleeping and that the noise cancellation performance would be even better than market's leading headphones.

- In normal noise cancellation headphones the problem is that they are too big for sleeping with your head on the pillow. Our product is easy to use, it is small, it fits perfectly to users ears and it has no wires. We have had good results with our testing campaign Testlab In the Sky with the Finnish airline company Finnair. And also a huge success with our crowdfunding campaign, says Olli Remes.

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QuietOn earplugs will be presented at the stand No. Z5.F21 as a part of Oulu Health stand at the Arab Health Exhibition. QuietOn products can be tested at the stand.