Noise attenuation on the job
If you are a farmer, a builder or a carpenter, you’ll work with machinery that can significantly damage your hearing. If you can’t change the amount of noise generated by your workplace, make sure you use the correct level of hearing protection.
The three main types of protection include:
- Ear plugs
- Semi-insert ear plugs
- Ear muffs
There are many different variations within these three groups, from the mass-produced disposable ear plugs to the tailor-made multi-use, from the simplest of ear muffs to those with ventilation and stereo sound. Whatever your choice of hearing protection, the important thing is that you actually wear it! Everyone is different, and hygiene, comfort, fit, acceptability and setting all play a part. What is acceptable in a factory may not be practical in another setting, so expert advice from one of our expert team who is familiar with all the options is a great idea.
Even if loud noise is from something you enjoy or a leisure activity such as DIY - including using circular saws, sanders and hammers, or attending live loud musical performances – protection is vital. Later on in life, you will want your hearing to be acute enough to appreciate birdsong or the sound of your grandchild giggling, so spending a little time and money now is the way to go.
These days, it’s becoming standard to wear hearing protection at concerts or live music festivals. And that’s not just the audience. Musicians are a special group that are well catered-for and increasing numbers are realising the benefits of wearing specially-tailored protection, regardless of instrument or sound-level loading. High-fidelity hearing protection preserves the tonal balance and still allows fine detail and nuances to be appreciated.
We provide a comprehensive range of Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs), from a range of manufacturers and at a wide range of prices. We specialise in provision of custom-fitted HPDs made specifically to fit each individual client’s ear canals. This facilitates day-long wearing comfort and a tailored level of hearing protection, and maintains good communication ability when the protection is worn.
This is a rapidly developing field and our audiologists will have the information you need to make a difference.