Sonomax Hearing Healthcare Inc.

Sonomax Hearing Healthcare Inc.

May 26, 2005 16:29 ET

Sonomax'TM' Solution Wins Safety and Health Product Innovation Award, British Safety Industry Federation Names Sonomax Overall Winner at International Industry Event of the Year

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2005) - Sonomax™ Solution (TSX VENTURE:SHH) was named the overall winner of the 2005 British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Product Innovation Award. Sir John Cullen, President of the BSIF presented the award to Nick Laperle, President of Sonomax Hearing Healthcare Inc., and Brian Powell, Director and General Manager of Hagemeyer Environmental Health and Safety Division before an audience at the Safety and Health Expo on May 17 in Birmingham, England.

"We are honored to be the first hearing protection device manufacturer to be acknowledged as an innovative product leader since the BSIF awards were instituted five years ago," stated Laperle.

Hagemeyer recently became the exclusive distributor of the Sonomax™ Solution in the U.K. Pieter de Graaf, Staff Director of PPE Products for Hagemeyer worldwide has followed the product's development since its introduction two years ago. De Graaf added: "Hagemeyer is committed to distributing the highest-quality, value-added safety supply products and Sonomax fits the bill."

Brian Powell and his colleague Richard Pape, Segment Manager, Health and Safety products for Hagemeyer UK congratulated Sonomax on the recognition. "The Sonomax™ Solution is the future of hearing protection in Europe. It is the most efficient, cost effective, comfortable, and only quantifiable hearing protection device we can offer our customers. The BSIF Award validates the Sonomax Solution's commercial viability and confirms its valuable contribution to safety in the workplace." Powell added, "This is the most visionary health and safety product I've seen in years." For reference, Hagemeyer has disseminated a concurrent press release at:

The BSIF Product Innovation Awards are the only awards to promote and recognize the importance of innovation and underline the highest standards of excellence within occupational safety and health. For all entries, the panel of eight judges took into account the following criteria: Is the product unique in concept, design or performance; has the product contributed to improvements in occupational safety and health; has the product assisted reduction of occupational injuries; does it use technology new to the health and safety industry?

The Safety & Health Expo is the UK's largest annual health and safety event attracting many thousands of health and safety professionals. It is supported by the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

About Sonomax

Founded in 1998, Sonomax has invented a unique earpiece that is the gatekeeper between sounds and eardrums. With its multi-purpose capabilities, it can shut the gate on harmful sounds like workplace noise with unparalleled efficiency, and can also welcome sounds like music and voices with perfect fidelity. Groundbreaking technological advances in the hearing protection, hearing aid, and personal electronics fields, presently lack the last piece of the interface that will permit those technologies to achieve their very exciting potentials. Sonomax's scientifically-proven proprietary expansion technology is the last piece of the instant-fit, custom-made earpiece that delivers a perfect acoustic seal every time, along with a computer generated proof of performance.

Sonomax has the capability of protecting people against hearing loss from harmful noise, and can also be the ultimate sound conduit for people with hearing aids, and those using personal electronic auditory devices for communications or to listen to their music.

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About Hagemeyer

Hagemeyer is a value added business-to-business distribution services group focusing on the markets for electrical materials, health and safety products and other MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) products. For further information, please contact Leanda Heaton ( or Fiona Kendall ( on +44 113 230 4000. Website:

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