15 Aug

Ear Plugs

Ear Protection.  The topic takes me back to when I was a teenager and my mother warning me about the dangers of playing loud music.  Ok, so now that I’m older and hopefully a littel wiser, I get it.  Not saying that age and genetics weren’t a factor.  Of course, back in the 70′s, a couple of balls of cotton were among the choices that you had and I wasn’t about to go to a concert looking like a dork.  With that being said, nowadays, we have several high tech choices to protect our hearing from machiney, environmental and yes, even concerts if you so choose.  The multiple-use earplugs use advanced manufacturing technology deliver a revolutionary combination of all-day comfort and easy handling. The FlexiFirm core earplugs pictured above,  provide easy insertion into the ear canal and a superior fit  as complared to the ball of cotton. The SoftFlange™ design adjusts perfectly to the ear canal to deliver unmatched comfort and superior attentuation.

In a recent review of the large offering of earplugs on the market today, I was amazed as to what is being offered.  So the question of, “what is an acceptable decibel level” came up.   While doing my research I have found that many websites have different views on safe exposure times to loud sounds.  It appears unanimous that you should not be exposed to noises that exceed 80 to 85 dB for more than 8 hours.

Therefore, if you keep the sound level down to well below 80 dB, the feeling is that you will not damage your hearing at all.   FYI,  the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the World Health Organization [WHO] recommend a maximum of 70 dB for continuous exposure.

So, if your job is working in a noisy manufacturing environment, a jet engine technician,  frequent concert attendee or in my case, married to a loud zealous spouse with a “honey do list”, you have a large selection of hearing protection to choose from.

It basically comes down to personal preference.  Again, I am addressing earplugs versus earmuffs, which I intend to review in a future segment.

Stephen Gonshorek