Crafting a Hearing Conservation Program

January 30, 2024

A well-structured Hearing Conservation Program is essential for safeguarding your workplace against noise-related risks.

Here’s how to set it up:

🔊 Step 1: Noise Assessment – Begin by monitoring noise levels at your worksite. Your program’s foundation depends on your worksite’s noise generation.

🔊 Step 2: Noise Control – Implement measures to manage and reduce noise levels effectively.

🔊 Step 3: Hearing Protection – Provide and promote the use of hearing protection devices to shield your workforce.

🔊 Step 4: Audiometric Testing – Schedule regular testing to monitor hearing health and identify early warning signs.

🔊 Step 5: Program Evaluation – Continually assess and improve your program to ensure its effectiveness.

🔊 Step 6: Training and Education – Equip your team with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their hearing.

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🚀 When to Consider a Hearing Conservation Program?

  • A Hearing Conservation Program is strongly recommended if:
  • Workers face exposure to noise levels exceeding 80 dBA.
  • Workplace alterations, new equipment, or process modifications may significantly alter noise exposure.
  • Note that specific requirements for noise assessment may vary by jurisdiction. Conducting an assessment at an action level of 80 dBA offers enhanced protection.
  • Your employees’ hearing well-being is an investment in your workplace’s future. Craft your Hearing Conservation Program with care and diligence.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HEARING CONSERVATION 

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The Hidden Risks of High-Frequency Noise

December 13, 2023

The Hidden Risks of High-Frequency Noise…

Noise, often underestimated, can pose significant risks to our well-being. Here is the second part of what you need to know:

🔹 Hearing Damage:

Exposure to harmful noise, especially in the workplace, can lead to permanent and disabling hearing loss. This damage can occur gradually over time or suddenly due to extremely loud noises. Such hearing loss can make it challenging to comprehend speech, engage in conversations, or even use the telephone. But that’s not all – noise can also trigger distressing conditions like tinnitus, disrupting our sleep patterns.

🔹 Safety Concerns:

Noise doesn’t just affect our hearing; it can create safety hazards at work. It interferes with communication, making warnings harder to hear, and reduces awareness of our surroundings. In essence, noise can compromise safety, putting people at risk of injury or

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🌟 Health and Safety Regulations:

To mitigate these risks, companies must take action. Depending on the level of risk, they should reduce noise exposure and provide personal hearing protection to employees. The regulations also require companies to ensure that legal limits on noise exposure aren’t exceeded, maintain noise control equipment, provide education and training, and monitor workers’ hearing ability.

🌟 Identifying Noise Problems:

Companies need to ask themselves if they have a noise issue in the workplace. If any of the following conditions apply, action must be taken:

  • The noise is intrusive, akin to a busy road, vacuum cleaner, or a crowded restaurant, for most of the working day.High-Frequency Noise
  • Employees need to raise their voices to have a conversation.
  • Noisy-powered tools or machinery are used for extended periods.
  • The industry involves noisy tasks, like construction, woodworking, or foundries.

🌟 Safety Considerations:

Safety concerns related to noise arise when warning sounds are used to avoid danger, work practices rely on verbal communication, or when work is near mobile machinery or traffic.

🌟 Taking Action:

If you’ve identified noise-related risks at your workplace, it’s crucial to conduct an assessment and develop a Hearing Loss Prevention Plan to protect your employees’ well-being.

Learn how to protect your hearing in high-frequency noise 

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Safeguarding Your Hearing in the Packaging Industry

November 29, 2023

In the fast-paced world of packaging, where productivity is paramount, effective coordination hinges on seamless communication. But how can you prioritize safety without compromising this vital communication? 🔇📦

👂 Custom dB Blockers:

Introducing Custom Protect Ear’s (CPE) dB Blockers, specifically tailored for the dynamic packaging industry. These cutting-edge hearing protectors not only shield your team’s hearing but also ensure crystal-clear communication. Whether in corrugated box facilities or aluminum can production plants, your workforce can maintain operational smoothness without relocating to quieter zones, even during unforeseen events.

🎯 Worker Safety:

In packaging, hearing protection transcends noise; it’s about safety. While plastic bottling plants may not be as acoustically demanding, they present unique risks due to exposure to specific chemicals. With undefined safe exposure levels, providing proper hearing protection becomes a non-negotiable for employee well-being.

🌟 Employee Well-Being:

Our dB Blockers are custom-fitted for optimal comfort, ensuring your workers remain focused and at ease, regardless of temperature conditions. Investing in their hearing health goes beyond shielding ears; it promotes sharper, more concentrated performance.

Prioritize worker safety and unhindered communication in the packaging industry with dB Blockers by Custom Protect Ear. 🛡️

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3 Reasons Why You Should Choose dB Blockers 

March 30, 2023

At Custom Protect Ear it is our goal to eliminate Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

We deliver this in 3 ways:

1.    dB blockers are EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE, which means people are willing to wear them for their entire shift.

2.    Those wearing dB blockers HEAR EACH OTHER BETTER, which improves workplace safety, communication, and productivity.

3.    dB blockers are more COST EFFECTIVE than disposable hearing protectors, so you pay less for a better product.

 

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The RIGHT hearing protection for Machinists, Steelwork & Fabrication workers

February 24, 2023

dB Blockers™  for Machinists, Steelwork & Fabrication workers

“Workers in the shipping and steelwork industries are exposed to the highest levels of occupational pollution because they work close to heavy industrial blowers that produce sounds of up to 112 dBA or higher.” Industrial noise pollution is caused by plants and factories – it can have an impact on the people working within as well as those living around these industrial buildings.

Machinists, Fabricators and maintenance people need to hear their machinery sound a certain way to ensure that it is running properly, so they don’t often wear their earplugs correctly.

Without the proper protective equipment, steel workers become prone to hearing damage which hinders their ability to detect a machine’s problems before it breaks down, resulting in costly consequences. dB Blockers provide your workers with the complete protection and audible range needed efficiently doing their job.

Learn more about how dB Blockers fit perfectly and come in with a convenient handle (The Grip) for clean, easy insertion and removal. For welders, disposable earplugs are not only inadequate but also dangerous as they melt, and even burn when hot slag hits them.dB Blocker - The Grip

 

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Interested in learning about Innovation hearing solutions, contact us today!  


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October is National Protect You Hearing Month

October 5, 2022

Mark your calendars October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

CDC supports National Protect Your Hearing Month (#NPYHM). It is an annual event each October to provide an opportunity to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems. People are encouraged to think about their own hearing and to get their hearing checked if they think there might be a problem.

Hearing loss should matter to everyone!

Did you know there is no cure for hearing loss? This is why hearing protection is important and designed for everyone. You can prevent hearing loss by protecting your hearing.

Avoid loud noise whenever possible and turn down the volume on personal listening devices. If you can’t avoid loud noise, use hearing protection like hearing moulds, earplugs or earmuffs to protect your ears.

Hearing loss happens to all people and ages. Sometimes hearing loss can happen due to occupational hazards or from everyday sounds and noises. Early identification and intervention for hearing loss is important. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.

Do you use your music, your show, or a podcast to shut out the noise around you? Be cautious; hearing loss is real. A volume that lets you hear someone a few feet away is a safer way to go.

 

What you should know about hearing loss

Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can damage your hearing—long after exposure has stopped.

This is just one of the many informative facts available on CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s new hearing loss website.

Help us spread the word about National Protect Your Hearing Month

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Noise Levels and Exposure (Noise Reduction Rating)

March 16, 2022

Noise Levels and Exposure

Noise reduction headphones are rated in decibels (dB). Before discussing the noise reduction rated values it is important to understand how noise is measured and how to identify, based on those measurements, when hearing protection is required. Noise is measured in units of sound pressure levels called decibels (dB). Typically, an “A” weighted filter is applied to the measurement, dB(A), because it provides measurements that more accurately represent the sensitivity of the human auditory system by de-emphasizing sound energy in the low and high frequencies in comparison to energy in the mid-frequency range.

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What is NRR NOISE REDUCTION RATING (NRR)

A Noise Reduction Rating, also sometimes referred to under the umbrella term of “hearing protection rating,” can be a confusing concept for individuals who are just starting out in the world of hearing protection terminology. To keep it simple, Noise Reduction Ratings are a set of “rules” that are set in place to serve as an absolute point of reference for those who are serious about protecting worker hearing. The NRR essentially functions as a “ruler” that measures how well a particular piece of hearing protection or equipment may work in real-time and space.

Why NRR matters NOISE REDUCTION RATING (NRR)

When it comes to assessing the effectiveness of hearing protection, Specialists often look at the Attenuation Estimation Systems. NRR is a common method (rating) used to determine the attenuation (expressing values of noise reduction or attenuation provided by different types of hearing protectors). The values range from 0 to approximately 30, with higher values indicating greater amounts of noise reduction.

Since the NRR is based on laboratory testing, it does not consider the loss of protection that occurs when hearing protectors are not fit properly or when they are not worn for the entire time that the wearer is exposed to noise.

Learn More about NRR: https://www.protectear.com/field_attenuation_estimation_systems.


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Happy Labor from ProtectEar USA

September 4, 2020

From all of us at  Protect Ear USA, we wish you a Safe and Happy Labor Day weekend.

PLUS – do not forget – wear all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment, especially your hearing protectors.

 

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“On Labor Day, stop and smell the barbecue. Relax by the pool, and enjoy the last days of summer with those who motivate you to give your best at work all the time. Happy Labor Day to you and yours!”

Thank you!
The PEUS Team

March is Hearing Loss Prevention Safety month.

March 23, 2020

Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States.  Approximately 22 million U.S. workers exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million exposed to ototoxic chemicals.


An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability.

NIOSH recommends that all worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss. NIOSH also recommends a 3 dBA exchange rate so that every increase by 3 dBA doubles the amount of the noise and halves the recommended amount of exposure time.

  • Four million workers go to work each day in damaging noise. Ten million people in the U.S. have a noise-related hearing loss. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year.
  • In 2008, approximately 2 million U.S. workers were exposed to noise levels at work that put them at risk of hearing loss.
  • In 2007, approximately 23,000 cases were reported of occupational hearing loss that was great enough to cause hearing impairment.
    Reported cases of hearing loss accounted for 14% of occupational illness in 2007.
  • In 2007, approximately 82% of the cases involving occupational hearing loss were reported among workers in the manufacturing sector.

Over the past few decades, much has been learned about the implementation of hearing loss prevention programs. The eight components of a successful hearing loss prevention program include:

1) noise exposure monitoring,

2) engineering and administrative controls,

3) audiometric evaluation,

4) use of hearing protection devices,

5) education and motivation

6) record keeping,

7) program evaluation, and

8) program audit.

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Don’t forget to do your part to promote awareness about Hearing Loss Prevention Safety Month!


SOURCE

Acknowledgments to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/

Why more companies and individuals are choosing custom hearing protection!

Many people use ear plugs for different reasons. While some people need ear plugs to be able to sleep well, others need them due to workspace loud noise. Even others need to use ear plugs when they swim, to prevent earaches or swimmer’s ear. Some use them simply because they want to enjoy listening to music with no outside noise interference. No matter which category fits your needs, ear plugs can work well for these different situations.

However, there are many different types of ear plugs and they don’t all work the same way or even how you may anticipate they work. One of the main reasons why most people purchase earplugs is to protect their hearing. This is a good thing. However, with so many earplug options out there, it may be difficult to identify the best ones for you. It is important to consider the differences between custom ear plugs and disposable ear-plugs.

What Is A Custom-Molded Ear plug?

dB Blockers™ are a custom-molded earplug is made in a laboratory. A mold is taken of each ear using silicone. dB Blocker™ personalized custom earplugs are made with medical grade silicone material providing a finished product that allow dB Blocker™ earplugs to easily insert into the ear and comfortably, fully fit the ear canal. When the ear or the ear canal slightly changes by talking, chewing, yawning, etc., dB Blockers™ will adapt to the movement.

One of the most recognized and worn custom hearing protection in North America is the dB Blocker™.  dB Blockers™ are hearing protectors made to fit the individual’s ear exactly, giving the wearer a custom fit earplug that can be worn all day long, while receiving “REAL WORLD” (what the wearer actually receives) attenuation.

What Is A Disposable Ear plug?

Unlike the custom ear plugs, disposable ear plugs are usually made with foam. These kinds of ear plugs can be used once or more times, depending on the manufacturer.

Benefits of dB Blockers over Disposables

dB Blockers™

  • dB Blockers™ hearing protectors fit each employee exactly – eliminating ear pressure
  • Enhance communication in noise on the phone or in conversation
  • Allows the employee to hear warning sounds
  • SkinSoft™ hypoallergenic, non-flammable silicone blend

Disposable Earplugs

  • The fit and level of protection will be different for every employee
  • Removal of the hearing protection is required to communicate
  • Prone to ear infections and flammable
  • Disposable earplugs swell when in contact with water or perspiration
  • Since the hearing protection required varies from worker to worker, some may feel cut off and expose them to greater risk or injury

Why Should You Choose Custom Ear Plugs Instead Of Disposable Ear Plugs?

Custom ear plugs have many advantages when compared to the disposable ear plugs. Despite they also have some disadvantages as everything, the risk-reward is much better when you choose to go with the custom ones.

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Custom Ear Plugs Advantages:

  • Quality:

Since the custom-molded ear plugs are created with the use of molds of the ears and ear canals, this brings additional quality to this product. They are usually able to cancel the noise and prevent the swimmer’s ear much more effectively than the disposal ear plugs.

  • Material:

The soft silicone is usually the best material in what concerns ear plugs. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t foam ear plugs that work well. However, when you have a silicone ear plug, they usually last much longer if you follow the manufacturer instructions. Usually, when you need to clean the ear plug, all that it takes are a few seconds under warm water.

  • Size:

One of the best advantages is that when you buy a custom ear plug, you can be sure that it will fit your ear and ear canal. Even if you have an ear with an unusual shape due to a surgery, disease, or trauma, they will more likely fit you and comply with their purpose.

Normal custom-molded ear plugs are able to provide a Noise Reduction Rating of between 25 to 30 dB. However, some more expensive models can include filters that allow you to increase the NRR. For example, if your work on a very noisy environment like a construction site, for example, you can add the filter to make sure you are able to work without hurting your hearing.

  • Comfort:

Custom-molded ear plugs are much more comfortable than the disposable ear plugs. Since they were made based on the ear and ear canal, you won’t feel any pressure. All that you’ll feel is the same as when you’re using a watch or a ring.

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  • Putting Them On And Taking Off:

One of the main problems people have when they’re using a custom-molded ear plug is how to properly put them on and take them off. Since you’ll need to do some rotations, it might be a little hard on the first few times. However, manufacturers usually deliver all the instructions you need and you’ll be able to learn them very quickly.

  • Price:

Usually, there’s a tendency for the custom-molded ear plugs to be more expensive than the disposable ear plugs. However, you need to look at both the price and time they will last. And when you compare both features, you’ll realize that from a environmental, comfort and cost perspective you will see that the custom hearing protectors out way disposable hearing protectors.

Learn how you can get a pair of dB Blockers!