How the science of sound impacts your life.

February 27, 2019 James Beswick

girl listening to music in car

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.

About the Author

James Beswick

[enBio=With several years of research and development experience in analytical sciences, application engineering and regulator, James is an innovation ambassador of 3M Canada. With a desire to always be in a state of learning, James remains keenly involved in various initiatives within our Lab Organization, finding ways to connect with people on how we apply 3M science. A strong proponent for the team in the lab to bring their ideas to fruition, James strongly believes in the power of STEM education to achieve a brighter future.],[enJob=Technical Manager, 3M Canada],[frBio=Comptant plusieurs années d’expérience de R et D en sciences analytiques, en ingénierie des applications et en réglementation, James est un ambassadeur de l’innovation de 3M Canada. Voulant toujours en apprendre davantage, James continue à participer pleinement à diverses initiatives de notre service de laboratoire en trouvant des façons d’établir des liens avec les gens sur la façon dont nous appliquons la science 3M. Appuyant fermement les membres de l’équipe du laboratoire qui apportent leurs propres idées afin de les concrétiser, James croit pleinement en la puissance de la formation STIM afin d’assurer un avenir meilleur.],[frJob=Directeur technique, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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