Industrial Ear Plugs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Equally as important as hardhats, industrial ear plugs are a necessity on the job. Power saws, riveters, jackhammers, and other common industrial machinery all produce sounds well over 100 decibels. Speeding subway trains, powerful construction equipment and jet engines also generate sounds that are detrimental to the human ear. Industrial ear plugs can protect against this.

OSHA monitoring requirements begin at 90 dB. 90 dB is also the approximate volume of a speeding subway train. On average, the threshold for pain in the ear falls at about 125 dB. This is approximately where a jackhammer falls. If you can believe it, a jet engine during takeoff produces a whopping 150 decibels, 100 times louder than a jackhammer!

At the 90 dB level, 8 hours of continuous exposure is still considered technically "safe." At 95 dB, the duration of exposure time without some sort of industrial ear plus or other hearing protection device is cut in half to 4 hours. Every subsequent 5 dB increase sees another halving of safe exposure time.

Industrial Ear Plugs and Proper Usage

To safeguard against any form of hearing loss, noise protection should be worn at all times when around any sort of loud equipment. A yearly visit to an audiologist can also help prevent permanent sensorineural damage. Twenty-eight million Americans suffer from hearing loss--you don't have to be one of them.

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