Boise, Idaho —Two audiologists have invented earHero earphones, which enables the skier or active outdoors enthusiast to listen to music while still hearing sounds around them. earHero’s proprietary patent pending product uses miniature speakers that never block the ear canal, yet remain in place.

Matt and Mali Murphy, husband and wife clinical audiologists, came up with the idea on a ski trip. They noticed it was very difficult to communicate with their group of friends because everyone was wearing traditional earphones.

Typical consumer earphones focus on isolating the user so that only music is heard. As a result, the Murphys felt that wearing standard earphones was unsafe because it isolated the wearer from their environment. They wanted a product that would allow them to listen to music while maintaining awareness of sounds around them.

As audiologists, they used products that were often found in the hearing aid industry and created a few prototypes for testing. After 7 years, the Murphys have finally developed the earHero product, designed to be small and comfortable with good sound quality.

In addition to the outdoor enthusiast market, the Murphys say they have sold units to the government security industry.

SOURCE: earHero