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How to Buy Hearing Protection

Exposure to loud noise is among the leading causes of hearing loss. Anyone who works in a noisy environment is at risk for hearing loss or damage that can be prevented by using proper hearing protection. Magid® offers a variety of disposable and reusable earplugs, banded hearing protectors and earmuffs with different colors, materials and Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR).

 





Types of Hearing Protection



 



Disposable Earplugs

• Comfortable and cooler in warm environments
• NRR typically ranges from 21dB to 33dB

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Banded Protectors

• Conveniently hangs around neck when not in use
• NRR typically ranges from 17dB to 28dB



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Earmuffs (Standard with headband/

Cap-Mounted/Electronic/Radio)

• Great for impact noise and can be used in conjunction with earplugs for additional protection
• NRR typically ranges from 20dB to 30dB

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Reusable

• Use more than once – cost effective
• NNR typically ranges from 21dB to 27dB


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Metal Detectable

• Designed for environments such as food processing, where contamination by foreign objects is unacceptable
• Easily detected by visual or automated metal detection methods

 
 

OSHA-Compliant Hearing Conservation Program


If workers are exposed to noise averaging more than 85dB over an 8-hour period, OSHA Standard 29CFR 1910.95 requires employers to:

1. Measure noise levels
2. Provide free hearing protection
3. Provide free annual hearing exams
4. Provide worker training
5. Evaluate the adequacy of hearing protectors in use


Considerations:

1. Focus on the three C’s when selecting the type of protection to make available: comfort, convenience and compatibility.
2. Hearing protection is less likely to be worn if uncomfortable, difficult to use or interferes with work.
3. Choosing the type and size of earplug with the help of a person trained in fitting hearing protectors, increases compliance.
4. Hearing protectors are labeled with a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) in decibels measured under laboratory conditions. OSHA’s experience and the published scientific literature have shown that laboratoryobtained real ear attenuation for hearing protection devices can seldom be achieved in the workplace. OSHA strongly recommends applying 50% correction factor when estimating field attenuation.


 
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