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Keys to successful hearing protection with earplugs from Sperian

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article image Push-in and roll-down style earplugs

Howard Leight, by Sperian , manufactures an extensive range of in-ear hearing protection, and is widely recognised as an innovator in protection and fit of disposable to reusable earplugs.

Choosing the appropriate earplugs is an important part of effective hearing protection in the workplace. Earplugs that offer too much hearing protection are just as harmful as earplugs that offer too little protection, according to Howard Leight.

With many workers compromising their hearing protection in order to hear their co-workers, warning signals, and machinery noises better, it is important to select an earplug that will not overprotect in mild or moderate noise levels.

Roll-down foam earplugs, such as the Laser Lite (pictured right) or the 300 Series, will only provide adequate protection when they are rolled and inserted into the ear properly. Using clean hands, they should be rolled down into a small crease-free cylinder, and inserted into the ear canal.

Insertion of earplugs is much easier and effective if the outer ear is pulled outward and upward to straighten the ear canal. Once the earplug has been properly inserted, hold the earplug in position for 30 - 60 seconds, while the foam expands and holds the earplug in place.

A practical alternative to roll down foam earplugs, new hybrid push-in style earplugs such as the Pilot (pictured left), feature a moulded ‘navigation’ stem which glides the earplug into the ear canal for a quick, snug and comfortable fit.

Workers should remember to always check if their earplugs are either roll-down or push-in types, should always read instructions on the packaging before insertion.

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