Our mission and focus is to make certain that noise induced hearing loss does not put any child’s dream out of reach!
That sounds like an insurmountable task, and when our founder, Glenn Hood, presented us with this direction and focus, many of us were a little overwhelmed. This was before we heard story after story of kids who were denied their lifelong dreams purely because they played in the band or orchestra, and never wore hearing protection. Those kids make it real and we wake up every day working to make sure that it never happens again. Ultimately, prevention is the only cure!
About The Company
Earplugs For Kids was formed not as a company, but more as an epiphany. Entering the second decade, after founding Big Ear, Inc., Glenn Hood and his team worked hard to protect the hearing of people when working, riding motorcycles, or any other hobby that took place in a loud noise environment. Their products were well respected and led the industry in many ways.
Everything was going well when Glenn heard the story of a young musician that forever changed our mission. This young man had spent his life playing music, even though he suffered from tinnitus, the same affliction which led Glenn to his original quest to end hearing loss. This young man was unable to pass his college music entry audition because of his hearing loss and tinnitus.
Glenn began researching and found the unthinkable, that every day in America, we are allowing the hearing of our current and future musicians to be damaged and lost just by doing the activity that they love… playing music.
OSHA will not let an individual work in an environment in which the average sound level exceeds 85 decibels, but our kids are routinely exposed to higher levels just practicing. Then when you add full band and orchestra rehearsals that have been measured in excess of 110-120 decibels, damage is occurring every day.
In that moment, our entire world changed. We refocused and dedicated ourselves to making certain that every musician in America would be able to pursue their dreams without being limited by something that can be prevented. We dedicated ourselves to providing Earplugs For Kids…