Work environments where workers are exposed to high noise levels can cause irreversible hearing damage. Therefore, in environments where noise exposure is unavoidable, hearing protection becomes indispensable equipment for workers.
Hearing damage can occur in different ways: instantaneously from loud, incidental noise, causing immediate and permanent damage, or over time from loud noise and prolonged exposure to it.
The use or non-use of hearing protection at work can mean the difference between developing hearing loss or hearing impairment.
Which hearing protection equipment to choose?
The choice of equipment will depend on a number of factors. Some to consider are the work environment, the climate, the duration of exposure to noise, compatibility with other personal protective equipment, etc.
Currently there are different options available, let’s take a look at some of them.
Protective headgear consists of two ear pads made mainly of plastic and foam covering the entire outer ear area connected by a headband. They are easy to use and reduce noise by completely covering both ears.
Hearing protectors may not be compatible or comfortable with the use of other protective devices, such as safety goggles, as they may cause discomfort in the cranial area and could influence the correct positioning of both pieces of protective equipment.
Another factor to take into account is that they are heavier solutions and are not recommended in working environments where there are high temperatures or hot climates and areas.
Custom-made hearing protection earplugs
Hearing protection earplugs are devices that are inserted into the ear canal or pinna. The quick operation of measuring the ear cavity provides a mould for the manufacture of these custom-made devices. The result is a custom-made hearing protector configured with the necessary protection for the working environment.
What are the advantages of a custom-made hearing protector?
Anatomical fit, made to measure. Manufactured with long-lasting and comfortable materials.
Possibility of configuring different filters based on the noise to which you will be exposed in the work environment.
Allows communication by promoting the use of the protector at all times. In this way the worker is always protected.
Allows hearing acoustic and alarm signals.
Compatibility with other protective equipment.
Always consult a health professional about hearing protection.
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