Hearing Protection

Whenever you are exposed to loud noise, the best thing you can do to prevent hearing loss is to use adequate 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.

Hearing Protection Devices

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that anything over 85 decibels (dB) or more over an 8-hour period of time is considered excessive noise exposure, and should be mitigated with a hearing protection device (HPD).  While HPDs do not block out sound completely, they do reduce sound intensity. Like most things, there are several different types of devices available, and likewise, they all have different noise reduction ratings (NRR).  The NRR is a standard rating system for all HPDs, and it is measured in decibels (dB), ranging from 0 dB to 35 dB, indicating the amount of potential protection the device provides.  The higher the NRR the better the protection will be.

Choosing the Right Hearing Protection Device

In choosing the right hearing protection device, 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.

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

Contact Us

Contact Infinity Hearing today at (207) 451-2700 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.