Decibullz ear buds that fit your lifestyle
If you’re a music lover, and an iPod user, you know there’s a problem with the seemingly ubiquitous ear buds you see sticking out the sides of everyone’s head these days.
Get a little sweaty, and they aren’t long for your ears.
Especially for fitness fanatics, it’s quite annoying, to say the least.
Enter Decibullz — reasonably priced, custom and moldable headphones — an invention that has a direct connection to the Grand Valley.
Janelle Kirkpatrick is a nurse who lives in Loveland, but she was born in Montrose, grew up in Grand Junction, and graduated from Fruita Monument High School. Her husband, Kyle, is a gymnastics coach and fitness buff who developed the idea for the moldable ear buds.
“We were both getting frustrated, so Kyle decided that he was going to do something about it,” Janelle said.
She said Kyle first looked at some of the customized headphones on the market, but he soon discovered he wanted more.
Before Decibullz, if you wanted a custom fit for your headphones, you needed to visit an audiologist, have an ear mold created, ship that out, and a month later you’d have some expensive custom ear buds.
“These are different,” Janelle said about their product. “Once you mold them, and get that perfect fit, they are good to go.” They’re also much more reasonably priced, at $59.99 a pair.
Decibullz are essentially do-it-yourself custom ear buds. You take them home, put them in the microwave to make them pliable and mold them to fit.
They cool after a few minutes and harden into the perfect shape. If they’re not quite right, you can pop them in the microwave and do it all again.
Presto! Headphones that stay in, and stay comfortable, no matter what you are up to.
Janelle and Kyle have been spreading the word about their product, and recently returned after a whirlwind few days at the massive Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas — which is basically gadget central for the technology industry each year.
“It was huge, way bigger than I expected,” Janelle said after returning from CES. She said interest in their creative product was high, and attracted inquiries from companies big and small.
Their ear phones were featured in a piece by leading technology website Slashdot and in a CES wrapup that ran in The Denver Post.
Today, you can get Decibullz in red, black and white, but Janelle said trendy new bright colors are coming soon.
She added that other than the electronics, which come from overseas, the rest of the product is made in Colorado, and personally packaged by herself and Kyle. The headphones include a high-end micro driver — so they sound great — and they are sweat resistant, so they’ll never short out if they come into contact with moisture.
Today, they are available for order at the company’s website — http://www.decibullz.com — and at Amazon.com.
But with interest growing, and people’s curiosity obviously piqued, it’s possible they’ll be more widely available throughout the coming year.