Description and rationale for the unique insta-fit, multi-use,
electronic "in-the-ear" E.A.R., Mini Canal
After participating for over 30 years, in the electronic hearing
enhancement and protection market, E.A.R., Inc. (www.earinc.com) is
pleased to announce the introduction of its new insta-fit "E.A.R.
Mini-Canal". The purpose of this review is to respond to the many
questions that arrive from our strong customer research efforts and
describe the rationale behind the development for this new state of the
art product. One of the concerns we saw were consumers paying $700 -
$2000 for electronic ear plugs and basically only getting ONE USE from
them. The E.A.R., Mini-Canal is proving to be a sensible and affordable
choice to those seeking state of the art miniaturized electronic hearing
enhancement that can be assigned for multiple uses, (i.e., Shooting,
Hunting, Law Enforcement, Range Commands, Archery, Dentistry, Social
Activities and Business Meetings.)
Questions and Answers
1. First... describe the basic specifications for the new E.A.R.
The E.A.R. Mini-Canal is a small highly sophisticated assistive
listening device that is easy to use and fits securely and comfortably
in the ear tips (small, Medium, large) that include a built-in wax
Maximum output.......108 dB
Sound Compression Limiting....76 dB
Est. Battery life....170 hrs
Tips.................Vented or Unvented
500 Hz......25 dB
1000 Hz......31 dB
2000 Hz......33.5 dB
4000 Hz......35 dB
2. What does this product cost?
$795 per set plus shipping. Note: When sold in some foreign countries
the price may vary to cover importation and shipping. If these units
were marketed and fit as a hearing aid, pricing could be expected to
average $800 - $900 per ear or $1600 per set.
3. Can a person buy just one unit?
Yes. Pricing will be $425 plus shipping.
4. If client does not like the unit is there a privilege to
Yes. Clients can return product to authorized provider within 30 days
for a refund.
5. What is the rationale behind the E.A.R. Mini-Canal?
Today the latest step toward full customization for in-the-ear hearing
aids (and now electronic ear plugs) includes a standardized housing
(shell) mated with soft flexible ear tips of various sizes. This choice
of manufacturing benefits the consumer by containment of expensive
fittings for ear mold impressions, and virtually eliminates remakes due
to weight changes or anatomical changes in the ears. With instant
Mini-Canals, poorly fit devices that might otherwise require a week to
remake at the factory can be addressed in a matter of seconds by simply
changing the ear tip at a fraction of the cost.
Another advantage to this procedure is that it permits the client to
share his or her device with another person by adding a new tip. This
cannot be done with custom fit units. This reason alone helps law
enforcement agents who prefer to purchase equipment that can be shared
by other officers.
And finally, the other rationale for the E.A.R. Mini-Canal is this
design permits each client to position a high quality electronic device
into the ear canal where it is not conspicuous, not in the way of
glasses/hat or long hair. This design is a preferred choice over the
behind the ear version which can be more difficult to use in active
sports or professional activities.
6. Does the Insta-Fit design of the E.A.R. Mini-Canal imply
Absolutely not. Low tech electronics were not a consideration in
developing the E.A.R. Mini-Canal. E.A.R. and its manufacturing advisors
chose to use one of the most highly sophisticated circuits (OSP_Output
Signal Processing) produced in the hearing healthcare field. This would
enable high quality sound when being used recreationally, socially, for
the TV, Church, Meetings or for business.
7. In what situations have you used Mini-Canals?
I carry my Mini-Canals almost everywhere and have used them for
shooting, TV, social situations and meetings. In all cases I was
extremely pleased. Initially I had to learn to turn the unit down while
walking and I also exchanged the ear tips to the vented tips for social
situations and watching TV. This helped reduce the effects of occlusion
(hearing my voice louder) when I spoke.
During the U.S. 2002 Open and the National Competition for Sporting
Clays I wore them on the firing line and they exceeded my expectations.
I was well satisfied the engineers had performed an excellent job to
develop a new state of the art product for hearing enhancement and
I might mention that during social situations, watching TV, and
meetings I chose to use one unit in my left ear where I have a mild
hearing loss. This was extremely effective. I was able to control the
volume easily with my finger to adjust the unit to fit the listening
situation. And they were extremely comfortable on hot and humid days.
8. Explain the importance of the patented ear tips.
It is extremely critical that the ear tips used with a mini-device
protect the unit from excessive wax and moisture. Our patented ear tips
provide this feature without any problems in addition to helping reduce
problems with acoustic feedback.
Another advantage to our tips are that they are comfortable and can
continually modify their shape in the ear to accommodate changes due to
head, neck, and jaw movements. This constant flexibility provides
real-time customization to the dynamic ear canal that hard materials
9. If the Mini-Canal does not fit my ear, can I have it custom
Yes! The E.A.R. Mini-Canal was designed to fit most ears. Occasionally
we run across an ear that simply won't fit to adjustable ear tips. We
have the answer with our problem solver. Simply get a set of ear
impressions made and we can convert your E.A.R. Mini-Canals into our EAR
Precision Custom molds. Or, you can use your credit toward the
"behind-the-ear" models. This must be done within a 30-day period after
This new generation of electronic earplug brings new excitement to the
market place with multiple uses at affordable prices. We invite you to
visit a local provider or contact Brite Ears at firstname.lastname@example.org (www.britears.com)