Recent Shark Tank contestant, Vibes, the maker of Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs (reusable earplugs that allow you to protect your hearing while still hearing clearly), has teamed up with Hear the World Foundation to give the gift of hearing to children in need. Every Vibes earplugs purchase includes a direct contribution to Hear the World Foundation, helping empower individuals with hearing loss to fully experience their world and live independent, fulfilling lives. Vibes is currently funding a Hear the World Foundation project in Lima, Peru that will screen 30,000 children for hearing impairment, and will provide those in need with free medical care and hearing aids. Some of the children screened and treated have been able to hear for the first time in their lives!
Below is a Q&A with Vibes’ founder, Jack Mann
What is the story about why you started VIBES? When was the ah ha moment.
Talk a little bit about the design and innovation behind how these earplugs work and how they help.
How many live music goers are at risk of hearing damage due to lack of ear protection?
Talk a little bit about the social impact that VIBES is committed to through the Hear The World Foundation?
In parts of the world with little or no access to hearing healthcare, hearing loss often goes undiagnosed and untreated, which leads to social isolation, difficulties in academics, finding work, and leading an independent life for those with hearing loss.
Each Vibes purchase includes a direct contribution to Hear the World Foundation, which funds projects like the one currently underway in Lima, Peru, which is providing hearing health screenings for 30,000 children, as well as medical care and hearing aids for those who need them.
What is your overall vision for VIBES from both a brand standpoint and a social impact standpoint?