What is ear protection and how to reap its benefits

02/25/2016
by Safety Mart

Hearing protection is hugely underrated when it comes to safety equipment. Far too many people downplay the importance of ear protection, in spite of the fact that plenty of industrial jobs are going to produce so much noise that people can destroy their ears and lose their hearing decades in advance. Industrial ear plugs can make all the difference in terms of a person's long-term health and long-term well-being in general.

Using Industrial Earplugs

People who work in noisy workplaces should invest in industrial earplugs. Almost anyone who works in the construction industry, metal working industry, or almost any other industry that has a lot of heavy machinery that makes a lot of noise could use a pair of earplugs. Ideally, people should test their workplaces for noise and wear earplugs if the average noise in a given workplace exceeds seventy decibels.


Normal conversation is going to be around sixty decibels. People usually start to feel strain in their ears when the outside decibel levels are in the eighty-decibel range. Ninety decibels is around what people would expect from a motorcycle. Bursts of noise that are louder than one hundred decibels can cause permanent damage to a person's ears.


People who work in environments that have those sorts of conditions are often going to start losing their hearing early in life. However, even the people who work in conditions where there is a consistent low level of loud noise can find that their ears will start to degrade with time. The workers who are in those conditions on a regular basis should be sure to wear ear protection as often as they can.


Types of Ear Protection

Some workers might actually wear industrial ear muffs. The people who work in landscaping around loud lawn mowing equipment will often be seen driving around wearing ear muffs, which can make all the difference in terms of their long-term health. Some industrial ear plugs are meta detectable, and these are the sorts of ear plugs that will tend to provide people with the maximum level of protection.


Some ear plugs are made of foam, and people twist them in order to insert them into their ears. Other types of ear protection are worn on the outside of the ears. Ear protection in the latter category is going to last for a lot longer, but both of these types of ear protection can last for a relatively long time. People just need to make sure that they use everything correctly.


Really, the earplugs that need to be inserted into the ears of employees don't usually wear out, but they should be replaced periodically for the sake of sanitation. For the most part, replacing them for a couple of times a month should be all right. Ear protection is fairly inexpensive, particularly for the sorts of companies that are going to have large warehouses full of machinery in the first place. The companies that are careful to invest in ear protection are going to manage to more than compensate for the costs of buying the ear protection in the first place just due to all of the medical benefits associated with ear protection.


Economic Benefits of Ear Protection

More companies should invest in industrial ear plugs for their employees. Naturally, doing so demonstrates business ethics. Of course, the company heads who are looking for additional reasons to do so are going to have to remember the financial costs associated with employees developing damaged ears. Some employees have tried to outright sue employers because of damage to their ears. Other employees, particularly those on the company's health insurance plan, are going to generate high costs for the company as they try to treat their hearing loss.


Companies who provide ear protection for their employees are going to save themselves money in the long run even as they improve their overall reputation and they help their employees feel better. Employees should be issued industrial ear plugs, because far too many people are not going to go out of their way in order to protect their own ears. It is important for people to remember that receiving ear protection from the company can make all the difference.