Hearing Protection

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011- 2012, approximately 70% of people exposed to loud noise never or seldom wear hearing protection.

Sometimes it may be difficult to avoid noisy situations, but there are things you can do to prevent hearing loss from loud noise.  The best prevention is using adequate hearing protection.

Hearing Protection Devices

While hearing protection devices do not block out sound completely, they do reduce sound intensity.  Like most things, there are several different types of hearing protection devices available, but they all come with noise reducing ratings (NRR).  The NRR is measured in decibels (dB), ranging from 0 dB to 35 dB, indicating the amount of potential protection the device provides.

Choosing the Right Hearing Protection Device

In choosing the right HPD, make sure your device fits properly.  If it doesn’t, it won’t protect your hearing. If you want to ensure proper fitting, we can fit-test one for you.  Besides the fit, we will also ensure that it is comfortable and convenient for you to wear.

Earplug Performance in the Workplace

A new development from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – HPD Well-FITTM – can quickly and inexpensively test the performance of hearing protection.  This fit testing technology is a huge advancement in efforts to save worker’s hearing. NIOSH developed the HPD Well-FitTM-testing system to address technical limitations and provide a feasible method to obtain measures of earplug performance in the workplace.

For more information on fit testing, visit NIOSH’s Science Blog–HPD Well-FitTM: The Future is Fit-Testing.

Contact Us

Contact NHHI today at (603) 792-4327 to explore all the different options available–earbuds, earmuffs, and earplugs.  We will help you make the best choice that fits your needs and lifestyle. We also have options for custom made devices that are molded to fit your ear exactly.  Schedule an appointment today to get started.