In the UK it’s estimated that approximately 10% of the population have some level of hearing loss, and one in three developed their hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise.
Studies have shown that around 50% of workers who wear hearing protection only receive half or less of the protection they should. This is because their hearing protection devices are not worn correctly or continuously due to improper or uncomfortable fit.
At Hearing Healthcare Centre, the earplugs we supply are custom-made, unobtrusive and provide substantial noise reduction. We have products for all types of users – from construction to manufacturing and catering businesses – and can make custom earplugs that are comfortable, fit every time and are also easy to use, which means users will actually wear them!
We also offer industrial hearing protection with built in communication systems, as required by those on construction sites and those exposed to constant excessive noise.
Hearing protection for employees is now a legal requirement. In the UK it’s estimated that approximately 10% of the population have some level of hearing loss, and one in three developed their hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise.
Noise levels are usually measured in decibels – dB(A). The decibel scale reflects the sensitivity of human ears to different levels and pitches of sound. An important fact to remember is that decibels are not measured on a linear scale, it is logarithmic. This means that a 3 decibel increase, actually represents double the danger, and halves the exposure time that is safe to experience. Here are some examples:
20dB(A) – a quiet room at night
40dB(A) – a quiet sitting room
60dB(A) – ordinary spoken conversation
80dB(A) – shouting
110dB(A) – a pneumatic drill nearby
130dB(A) – an aeroplane taking off 100m away
140dB(A) – the level at which noise causes pain for most people
Long exposure to sounds over 80dB(A) can damage your ears.
What our customers say…
My company has recently upgraded some of the machinery used on the factory floor, and whilst the improvement has meant more efficiency, it has come at a price. The noise generated by these new printers, for short periods, is manageable, but after 30 minutes or so, I really begin to notice increased sensitivity. My H&S manager sent me and three others to Hearing Healthcare Centre for some noise protectors. I opted for their in-house industrial noise protectors, and was very impressed with their effectiveness.