How to Choose Your Hearing Protection?
It's important to understand what each type of protection offers. This
guide will tell you everything you need to know about the differences between ear plugs and
Advantages of Ear Muffs
One of the main advantages of ear muffs is that they are easy to fit. They do not need to be
specifically prepared, and can simply be put over the head. This makes them ideal for
intermittent use, and especially suitable for work in construction and landscaping work.
Disadvantages of Ear Muffs
Ear Muffs are very easy to fit, but they normally offer less protection than ear plugs. This
is because they only sit over the ears, rather than directly in the ear canal. The way that
ear muffs cover the ears can also be a problem in hot environments, as heat can build up,
causing discomfort for the wearer.
Advantages of Ear Plugs
The main advantage of ear plugs is the level of protection they provide. Because they fit
directly into the ear canal, ear plugs offer greater protection than ear muffs. This means
that ear plugs are suitable when you need the highest levels of protection, for instance in
very loud workplaces such as factories, airports, and foundries.
Ear plugs are also very light and easy to carry. Because they are small, they can be carried
in specially designed cases which easily fit into a pocket. Ear muffs, however, are more
difficult to carry and protect, making them more cumbersome for workers.
Disadvantages of Ear Plugs
One problem with ear plugs is that they can be difficult to fit. They rely on properly
fitting the ear canal to ensure full protection, and this can be difficult to guarantee.
However, if employees are trained on how to correctly fit ear plugs, then ear plugs are able
to consistently provide their listed protection.
One other problem of ear plugs is that they are often difficult, or impossible, for people
with ear infections to wear. In this case, ear plugs may not be a good choice, as it is
likely that they will be uncomfortable.
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