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The company behind a ‘smart’ hearing protection system already used by construction firms including Galliford Try Highways, the Costain-Skanska joint venture on HS2, Ferrovial, VolkerLaser, Skanska-Costain-Strabag, and BAM Nuttall, has raised £2m to fund its expansion.
Tech start-up Eave produces the FocusLite smart ear defenders,
as well as Peak, a cloud-based risk monitoring and prevention platform.
The FocusLite headsets, which contain hear-through technology
that allow workers to retain their situational awareness and communicate while
still being protected from harmful sources of noise, gather real-time data on
site noise. The data is fed to Peak, where it can be analysed by health and safety
professionals and site managers to eliminate noise-related risk.
The system also allows managers monitor hearing protection
wear rates and take action where headsets aren’t correctly fitted or being worn
Eave was founded by clinical and research audiologist, Dr David Greenberg, in 2015, and received early-stage funding from FORWARD.one and private investors. It is now receiving a further £2m investment from venture capital firm Pembroke VCT.
Greenberg said: “Noise-induced hearing loss is a huge
problem – it’s the number one occupational disease in Europe and accounts for
about a third of all work-related disease. It’s also extremely prevalent
amongst construction workers. Our partnership with Pembroke VCT is incredibly
exciting – because it will allow us to double down on our strategy of getting
construction businesses to mandate active hearing protection with integrated
noise monitoring across all their sites – and get us that bit closer to
achieving our long-term goal of totally eliminating the loneliness and
isolation caused by hearing loss.”