ACCES® (Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece System)
products are unique in the world and are currently made exclusively by
Westone. Westone Laboratories partnered with the U.S. Air Force
Research Laboratory under a Cooperative Research and Development
Agreement to research, design, build and test communications earplugs
with the goal of improving hearing protection and communications for
military pilots and ground crews.
The primary benefit of ACCES® is it offers greatly improved speech
intelligibility in noisy environments. Military aviation personnel are
exposed to hazardous acoustic noise that degrades hearing and
communications. The F-22, and legacy Air Force and Navy fighter
aircraft, generate up to 150 decibels. Current hearing protection is
inadequate. Personnel wearing current protection are often overexposed
in seconds or minutes.