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Choosing The Right Hearing Protection for Your Activity

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If you want to make sure that you are wearing the right hearing protection, then you have come to the right place. Here you can find out what the most common types of hearing protection are.

Earplugs

Earplugs are small hearing protection that can be manufactured to fit your ear, specifically. There are also mass-produced options available if you want something a bit more disposable. Disposable earplugs are usually made out of foam, and they are intended to be discarded after use. Reusable earplugs are made out of rubber and silicone, meaning that you can use them time and time again.

Earmuffs

Earmuffs are much more durable when compared to earplugs and they are easier to put on as well. They are two ear cups that are attached to a central headband. The headband is usually made out of either metal or thermoplastic, with the earmuffs themselves being cushioned to provide additional comfort.

How do you Choose the Right Ear Protection?

It’s important to know that there isn’t one hearing protection product that works for everyone. You need to take various factors into account when trying to choose the right one for you so you can make sure that you are giving yourself maximum protection.

Noise to Reduce

Millions of people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day at work. If you can, you need to look at the noise reduction rating so you can get a rough idea of how much noise the protection you’re buying is going to reduce. If the rating is 22 then this means that the device is capable of reducing noise levels by 22 decibels (dBs). It is vital to know that these ratings do not take into account real-world applications and that some situations may call for additional protection.

Working Environment

The kind of environment you work in can also have a major impact on the hearing protection that you use. If you are finding it difficult to find out how your environment can dictate the hearing protection you’re going to use, then ask yourself, is communication important in the environment? If so, then you may want to go for hearing protection that comes with an acoustic filter. If your hands get dirty when you work, then earmuffs may be better when compared to earplugs.

Comfort

You also have to make sure that your personal hearing protection is comfortable. You may find that you have to wear your protection for hours on end, if not for the entire day. You should also consider things such as the type of activity that you do as well. If you continually operate outdoor lawnmowers then you may want something that is weather-resistant, for example. Comfortable earplugs would be ones that fit just inside your ear canal without causing pain or discomfort. You should not feel as though the earplugs you are choosing are too loose and you should also not feel as though they are the wrong size for your ear.

Earmuffs should snugly fit around your ear, and they should also give you enough protection while also allowing your skin to breathe properly. Take note of the general clamping force for your earmuffs too. It is important to know that some earmuffs have a rather strong force, and although these are great for shutting out external noise, they can be very uncomfortable.

Ease of Fit

It’s imperative that you make sure that your hearing protection fits properly on your ear as this will help you to get the most out of your hearing protection. If you buy products that do not fit as well as they could, then you may find that you end up exposing yourself to more noise than you realize.

It is possible for you to get a good fit with your earmuffs if you know that the headband has the appropriate level of clamping. You also need to make sure that the earmuffs encompass your ear without having to leave anything exposed on the outside. A good seal is essential if you want to stop noise from leaking in.

If you want to make sure that your hearing is the best it can be, then contact the Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center. You can do so by calling us today at 401-475-6116. When you do, our team will be here to help you with any questions you may have while also giving you the help and support you need to feel confident in the hearing protection you are using right now.