For many working on construction sites, hearing loss is a big challenge. Enter advanced technology that will protect hearing.

According to Global Industry Analysts,, San Jose, Calif., hearing protection devices sales have reached a high pitch. In fact, the report projects sales for these devices will reach $714 million by 2020, driven by the strict enforcement of occupational safety standards.

There are many factors contributing to these increased sales including: legislation of stringent worker safety regulations; focus on noise- induced hearing loss; and rising levels of employment in the construction industry. For these reasons, demand for specialized ear protective wear is expected to grow strongly in the coming years.

With this increasing need, manufacturers are investing resources in product R&D (research and development) projects to develop new materials and designs that provide a balanced mix of both protection and user comfort.

Here is where this takes a technology twist. Speech enhancement technology is integrated into noise suppression technologies for use by workers operating in extreme working environments. And active noise reduction also helps workers exposed to constant levels of low-frequency yet dangerous levels of noise.

The United States represents the single largest market worldwide, according to the new market research report. Additionally, with a projected CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.2% throughout the analysis period, Asia-Pacific is forecast to emerge as the fastest growing market. This region’s growth is sparked by rapid industrialization and rising manufacturing and construction activity.

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