Effective hearing protection should be comfortable, effective, and yet still enable people to talk to one another. Custom Protect Ear’s hearing protection devices are made of medical-grade silicone, and they are designed to be soft and flexible. The advantage of the softer devices is better comfort and function. They change shape slightly as the wearer’s ear canal changes shape when talking or chewing, thereby continuing to seal during those activities. Greater comfort addresses a significant problem facing health and safety managers who oversee hearing loss prevention programs: getting people to wear hearing protection products and policing their use.
Including a filter and vent in custom ear protectors like Custom Protect Ear’s can make speech more understandable by reducing attenuation at higher speech frequencies. This allows them to be left in while talking and isn’t possible with typical solid foam earplugs. Talking by a two-way radio is also common in manufacturing settings. But because a radio must be louder than factory noise for a worker to hear it, it usually is the loudest sound source in the work setting, which must be protected against to avoid hearing loss. To deal with this problem, Custom Protect Ear connects incoming radio audio to the outside of the hearing protector so the device’s filter reduces decibel volume and the worker does not have to remove the hearing protector during his or her shift. Because the proprietary filters “squeeze” high and low frequencies to block potentially harmful sound waves, communication comes through, but harmful noise does not.
Sonic Onsite Services offers a wide range of hearing protection and testing to help your employees proactively assess their hearing. Sonic Onsite offers industry-standard audiometric testing, hearing protection that can be performed onsite from our mobile onsite testing van.