There are many different sounds we love to hear, but all of us have just one sense of hearing. Repeated exposure to loud sounds, greater than 85 dB(A), can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. That's why we need to protect it. 3M can provide hearing protection solutions for different individuals and applications, with a variety of earmuffs, earplugs, but also a wide range of 3M™ PELTOR communication solutions to enable effective communication and enhance productivity.
Every environment is different. Every workplace is different. Every person is different. That's why implementing a hearing conservation program can be challenging. Whether you are setting up a hearing conservation program for the first time or looking to improve an existing program, 3M can help.
Do you know what level of protection your employees are receiving from their hearing protectors? Hearing protection is a Category 3 piece of PPE, like respiratory protection. If you fit test your respiratory protection, it would be good practice to fit test your hearing protection as well.
Identifying the hazards is your first step in selecting the right hearing protection. But have you also thought about the possible need to hear e.g. alarms, vehicles whilst being protected from loud noise? 3M offers hearing protection with level-dependent technology to block out potentially harmful noise when needed and still listen normally when not.
Another factor to consider is if you need to be able to communicate at distance in loud noise. If so, it might be interesting to read this case study about how 3M™ PELTOR™ LiteCom headsets improved productivity by 380 minutes per week – an increase in productivity from 71% to over 86%. *
* Victoria Joäng, Albin Sadiković, 2014, Radiokommunikationens inverkan på produktiviteten inom anläggningsprojekt, Tryck av Media-Tryck, Lund
Passive hearing protectors help reduce the noise by mechanically blocking the sound waves and are ideal for situations with continuous noise levels. Electronic hearing protectors use smart technology to help workers hear their environment and/or communicate with others in noise.
Earplugs provide a great combination of comfort and hearing protection for users. They come in a variety of types and styles: disposable foam, push-to-fit, reusable, banded and electronic earplugs.