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New Device for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Drivers

kw147 at gnn.com kw147 at gnn.com
Thu Dec 5 21:07:23 EST 1996


	According to a National Safety Council study there were 
53,000 accidents involving emergency vehicles in a recent two-year 
period.  Some of these accidents were caused by drivers who simply 
did not hear the siren of the approaching emergency vehicle.  
Drivers with hearing impairment realize this lack of auditory 
awareness can cause a serious safety problem on the highway.

	With the advent of  Digital Signal Processing and computer
miniaturization, a new product called E.A.R.S. (Early Alert 
Response System) was developed.  Within 1.5 seconds the E.A.R.S. 
unit recognizes all siren sounds currently used in the U.S. up to 
distances of 500 feet.  The presence of an emergency vehicle is 
detected by specialized microphone circuitry and conveyed to the 
driver through a dash-mounted processing module which flashes red 
warning lights and emits a high-pitched audible tone.

	Qualified purchasers/leasors of new G.M., Ford, Chrysler and 
Saturn vehicles can receive reimbursement for this device through 
their manufacturer's "Mobility" program. Consult your dealer's 
mobility representative for qualification requirements.  Veterans 
who are profoundly deaf may also qualify for this type of device 
under Title 38, Section 1717(c).   Direct inquiries to the 
Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, 
Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, Washington, DC 20420.

	Auto Trim Design of Reading, Inc., 211 Evans Avenue, Reading, 
PA, recently added this unique device to its automotive electronics 
product line.  Auto Trim Design of Reading provides full 
installation service.  All E.A.R.S. components are U.L. approved.  
E.A.R.S. is completely manufactured and assembled in the U.S. and 
is warrantied for one year.  For further information call
Walter Kuehn at (610) 374-6335, 1-800-616-2683 TTY or E-mail
ears at sub-i-o.com or visit the EARS web page at 

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