Choosing the right type of hearing protection

When searching for the right hearing protection, four pillars need to be considered: comfort, communication, convenience, ans hygiene. Discover how each type of protector (earmuffs, disposable and reusable earplugs, custom moulded earplugs) compares against these pillars.

Custom earplugs

Custom moulded earplugs

disposable earplugs

Disposable plugs

earmuffs

Earmuffs

reusable earplugs

Reusable earplugs

Comfort: feeling the protection, not the device

The more comfortable the device, the more likely it will be worn by your employees. But what does comfort mean?

  • The employee is free to move
  • The protector is lightweight and discreet
  • The ear plug is comfortable to wear and perfectly adapted to the morphology of each ear
  Comfort
Custom moulded earplugs √  √  √
Disposable plugs √  √
Earmuffs
Reusable earplugs √  √

Communication: a true safety commitment to your business

Beyond usability, communication in a noisy environment is important for your employees to transmit information or respond to safety instructions:

  • Your employees can maintain situational awareness, and hear warning signals
  • They can wear their hearing protectors 100% of the time spent exposed to noise without removing them to communicate
  • They can speak to each other quietly, without feeling stressed at the end of the day
  Communication
Custom moulded earplugs √  √  √
Disposable plugs  
Earmuffs  
Reusable earplugs  

Convenience: key for employees adoption

Accessibility and simplicity of use are critical factors to successfully implement hearing protectors.

  • The solution is easy to deploy among employees
  • It adapts to the habits of your employees and their working environment: with or without handles, with or without cord.
  • The hearing protector is compatible with other Personal Protective Equipment (glasses, helmets, etc.)
  Convenience
Custom moulded earplugs √  √  √
Disposable plugs √  √
Earmuffs √  √
Reusable earplugs √  √

Hygiene: easy to clean and maintain

Since hearing protectors are placed in contact with the skin, easy maintenance is important for a pleasant use throughout the lifetime of the protector.

  • Hearing protectors are hypoallergenic or biocompatible
  • A maintenance kit is provided, to ensure protectors are in proper working order, and maintain the quality of their use
  • Maintenance is simple, and takes only a few minutes per week
  Hygiene
Custom moulded earplugs √  √  √
Disposable plugs √  √  √
Earmuffs √  √
Reusable earplugs √  √

Synthesis

As the results show, custom moulded earplugs best fit your employee’s needs. They are the most versatile in allowing 100% wear while your employees are exposed to noise.

Thus, you have the guarantee that your employees are effectively protected while reducing the risk of occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

  ComfortCommunicationEase of useHygieneTotal /12
Custom moulded earplugs √  √  √ √  √  √ √  √  √ √  √  √ 12
Disposable plugs √  √   √  √ √  √  √ 7
Earmuffs   √  √ √  √ 5
Reusable earplugs √  √   √  √ √  √ 6

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