Hearing protectors (in or covering the ear) reduce the amount of sound entering the ear.  The variety and effectiveness of each type and model is variable and numerous. 


Many employees believe that protectors are not effective, not necessary or uncomfortable.  To ensure compliance and that the protectors are worn, training and education play a big role.  An employee should be given a choice of a few carefully selected (for desired attenuation) protectors to choose from, the proper fitting of each and care of the devices. 


It's important to note that in the real world, regardless of the posted noise reduction rating (NRR) of hearing protection, studies have revealed that protectors are probably not being worn in the most effective manner.  In many cases this results in  less than 50% of the reported NRR.  Therefore it's safe to assume that if the protectors are posting 20dB reduction, using 10dB (50% reduction) is a safer calculation.


Employee education and training is the most important piece of an effective hearing conservation program.  The goal of the education and training is to orient employees to the effects of hazardous noise, the purpose and the correct use of hearing protectors and plant policy regarding the hearing conservation program. Please contact us for more information


Did you know that wearing adequate hearing protectors provides immediate benefits: 

- less general physical fatigue

- improved communication in noise

- decreased auditory fatigue after work

- less chance of 'ringing'



It's never too late to be wearing hearing protectors! This baby was rocking ear muffs at a hockey game - good thinking parents!