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A Mother Who Found Invention a Necessity

Techstination feature for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A mother who found invention a necessity. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Christine Ingemi of Amherst, New Hampshire…mother of four children under ten years old …faced a problem encountered by many other parents. How to get her kids to turn down the volume…of their music players. Unlike many other parents….Christine decided become mom…the inventor. The result… what she calls the iHearSafe earbuds….that automatically limit the volume to a safe level…

"I went to the researchers, found out what they have decided was a safe volume and I tried to stay below that actually. And what we did was we just worked with a lot of smart people that had a lot of great, great, great ideas on how to do this without causing any problems on any audio device. So it could be used virtually on MP3 players, CD players, kids' toys, computers…and we just decided we're going to limit to below the safe level just in case there are peaks that kids want to turn up their base, they want to turn up the treble. It will always be below NIOSH guidelines."

Ingemi became a finalist in this month's Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge sponsored by the History Channel and the National Inventors' Hall of Fame. Her earbuds are already on the market…at for about 25 dollars. Her hope is the invention will have an impact in preventing hearing loss…and on other would be inventors…

"If you give up on yourself, you're never going to help anyone especially yourself. You've got to try."

Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.