About the solution
Olivia Washburn was a premature baby who was born six weeks earlier than expected.
This motivated her to now, at age 14, invent Noisy Cap, a cap for premature babies in intensive care to protect their hearing.
Olivia learned that 70% of babies in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) are exposed to unsafe noise effects. So, the cap reduces harmful sounds and can be adjusted so that it fits tightly the baby’s head.
The Noisy NICU Cap is made of silicone, cardstock, foam and a wool-cotton blend. It has a removable, washable and adjustable design that protects the babies’ underdeveloped auditory system, while keeping them warm. This can prevent them from developing hearing loss or learning disabilities.
Her invention has won the grand prize in the Utah entrepreneur challenge and if testing goes well, the invention will hopefully go into the market. Even though the product is not in the market yet, she has already been contacted by several interested people, and she has already applied for two patents.
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