The U.S. Army has introduced a new helmet to protect the hearing of military dogs, protecting them against the noise of gunfire, explosives, and helicopters.
Dogs have a far keener sense of hearing than humans, we all know, indeed, dogs have three times the number of hearing muscles than humans.
But that also means that their hearing is in far more jeopardy than humans with the extreme sounds at war.
Now, the US. Army is acting to protect the health of America’s military dogs.
The Pentagon announced its new Canine Auditory Protection System, or CAPS, a head covering designed to protect military dogs from hearing loss that can occur in military service.
The CAPS is reportedly made from flexible acoustic absorption material that filters out loud noises. It can also stretch or shrink to fit a variety of head sizes.
“CAPS was developed by ZeteoTech, a biodefense and medical technology company, and retired Navy lieutenant commander Pete ‘Skip’ Scheifele MD, PhD,” Daily Mail reported.
The project was funded by a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the Army.
“Even a short helicopter flight can affect a dog’s hearing, resulting in impaired performance and inability to hear the handler’s commands, which can hinder the mission,” Army researcher Stephen Lee said last week.
“This new technology protects the canine while on missions and can extend the dog’s working life,” Lee added.
The headgear was given extensive testing in the field before unveiling.
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