CES 2012: Hearing Components
It's funny how sometimes the most obvious thing comes as a complete surprise. I had assumed the folks who make Comply tips were audio geeks, but it turns out they're chemists. Well duh! They're all about making squishy foam.
A spin-off from 3M, Hearing Components was founded by Robert Oliveira who has a PhD in biochemistry. He's got some serious chops in and around the ear, however. He led 3M's cochlear implant business, and was on the board of directors of the Hearing Industries Association and the American Auditory Society. Knowing that gives me quite a bit more confidence when I put a Comply tip on my Shures and stick it in my ear.
I've asked for a variety of samples, and sometime this year I'll be measuring these and a variety of other tips to see if I can measure changes in audio performance of the IEM. That should be an interesting little experiment.
Here's Thad Olsen to talk about the coolness of squishy foam.