Hearing Components, a 3M spin-off founded in 1990 by Oliveira, today announced Whoomp! Earbud Enhancers that convert ordinary iPod/iPhone earbuds into a high-end stereo experience. It is the latest product by Minnesota-based Hearing Components with patented Comply foam technology. “Our foam tips provide a unique experience because they mold to your ear and change shape as your ear canal changes shape, said Robert Oliveira, Ph.D., the biochemist who invented the Comply foam products, along with Marty Babcock, lead engineer. “Therefore, they continue to fit snugly, block unwanted noise, and deliver pure music into the ear canal — even while you move about,” Oliveira added. Whoomp! Earbud Enhancers come in a two pack set (white or black) for US$19.95.