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How the science of sound impacts your life.

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How do you differentiate noise from sound?

Sound is music to your ears, or a loved one’s heartbeat. Sound is a way connect you to what matters most.

Noise is the rest of it.

That’s why we dedicate engineers, scientists and health & safety professionals to explore the impacts of sound on quality of life in environments like our anechoic chamber.

Whether we’re connecting you to the sounds you love, or protecting you from the noise you don’t, we have your hearing at heart. With the recent celebration of the 2019 JUNO Awards, we’re sharing the everyday places we utilize the science of sound to make sure you don’t miss a beat.

At home.

From mowing the lawn to vacuuming the house, tune out the noise and turn up the volume on what matters most. The 3M Worktunes™ Connect Wireless Hearing Protection with call integration allows you to protect your hearing while tuning into your favourite JUNO nominees, podcasters, or to take a call when your phone rings. Bluetooth® technology allows for a wireless experience – so you can stay protected from hearing loss while getting the job done.

On our roads.

We help absorb the noise, so you’re left with the sounds you care about in a quieter, more lightweight vehicle. The 3M™ Thinsulate™ Acoustic Insulation lets you ride comfortably by using non-woven sound absorbing fibres that create a near noiseless experience. By providing insulation for your vehicle, from its instrument panels to its wheel wells, we make sure the only acoustic vibrations you hear come from your favourite JUNO nominated song.

In our hospitals.

As far as outer space, as close as your local hospital. The 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes are constantly evolving to adapt to hearing innovations in healthcare. For instance, the 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology IV™ Diagnostic Stethoscope is built to pick up on the subtlest of changes, from a racing heart when a performer hits the stage, to a skipped beat through nail-biting award presentations. We built this product to hear more, so our practitioners can diagnose with confidence.

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At work.

When noise levels become a distraction, 3M™ E-A-R™ UltraFit™ Corded Earplugs are a safe and comfortable solution for hearing protection and noise reduction. These reusable push-to-fit earplugs are tripled-flanged and corded. They are reusable and help reduce waste, can be easily stored, and are a hygienic choice to protect your ears from hearing loss and unwanted disturbances. Be it a first-row JUNO performance or the distracting sounds of an everyday office, these noise reducing plugs will keep your hearing safe by blocking out outside sounds.  

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Worktunes™, Thinsulate™, Littmann®, Cardiology IV™, and E-A-R™ UltraFit™ are registered trademarks of 3M. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth.

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[enBio=James joined 3M eight years ago and currently supports Research and Development Operations as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Having lived with a physical disability and seeing how mental disabilities affect those around him, James joined 3M Canada’s Abilities First Employee Resource Group and is currently its Chair. In this role, he collaborates with other members to offer resources for awareness and help those who struggle with mental and physical barriers. ],[enJob=Chair, 3M Canada’s Abilities First Employee Resource Group],[frBio=M. Beswick s’est joint à 3M il y a huit ans et soutient actuellement les activités de recherche et développement en tant que ceinture noire en gestion allégée Six Sigma. Ayant vécu avec un handicap physique et constatant comment les handicaps mentaux affectent son entourage, M. Beswick s’est joint au groupe de ressources aux employés « Les capacités avant tout » de 3M Canada et en est actuellement le président. Dans ce rôle, il collabore avec d’autres membres pour offrir des ressources de sensibilisation et aider ceux qui font face à des obstacles mentaux et physiques. ],[frJob=Président, groupe de ressources aux employés « Les capacités avant tout » de 3M Canada]

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