How do we go about protecting our hearing? Here are some recommendations for hearing protection, whether you are a worker, safety director, purchaser or just someone who knows it is necessary.
There are several types of ear plugs created with two major features: superior performance measured as high Noise Reduction Ratings, or NRR and most importantly, comfort for the wearer.
Know your hazard. Whenever possible, measure the noise levels in your environment on a frequent basis to determine exactly what the hazards are, and have an understanding in what frequency ranges the majority of the noise occurs.
Test the fit by cupping your hands over your ears, then release. If you can hear a difference, you may not be wearing your hearing protector correctly. Remove, then fit again. Following these simple guidelines, you can save your hearing from further hazardous exposure and potential hearing loss.
Select hearing protection that is right for you, that is comfortable to you, and that you will wear. Trust the annual audiogram. Rely on this information to gauge your hearing loss from year to year.
Is your hearing deteriorating?
Is it due to noise induced losses from the workplace, or simply the facts of aging?
Wear your hearing protection right. Each type of hearing protector is slightly different. The important thing to remember is that you need to insert ear plugs correctly, or ear muffs completely over the ears. Then, you must always test the fit.