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How to Choose Your Hearing Protection?
Mar 10, 2017

How to Choose Your Hearing Protection?

If you need ear protection in your workplace, you will need to decide which is better- ear muffs or ear plugs

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 

ear muffs.

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.

ear muffs

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.

ear plugs


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