NPSF™ -- Are you
trying to protect from noise and still be able to communicate in a loud
environment Face to Face?
Back to the Noise Problem Solution Finder
|Reusable Pre-Molded Ear Plugs
||If your noise environment is at or
below 100 dB, you may be
able to use just about any reusable pre-molded ear plug. These
generally range from about 19-27 NRR, which will let you carry on a
conversation with someone close to you without the need to remove your
ear plugs (though you may have to shout at each other) so you can have
a conversation and still remain protected.We offer a trial pack of the industrial reusable ear plugs
that can help you find one you like.
|Musicians Ear Plugs
||If regular reusable pre-molded ear
plugs make it difficult
for you to understand the conversation, and this is usually more of a
problem with higher pitched voices, then consider trying musicians ear
plugs. These are specialized reusable pre-molded ear plugs that have
acoustic filters in them. Musicians ear plugs are designed to drop the
volume without changing the quality of the sound, so they make it much
easier to understand the conversation while keeping you protected.
Musicians ear plugs rated at 12 NRR will give you adequate protection
up to about 97 dB. In environments noisier than that, you should
consider a higher rated hearing protector or better yet, an electronic
shooting or surround sound ear muff as discussed below.
|Custom Ear Plugs with Acoustic Filters
For those who must wear their ear plugs daily, custom molded ear plugs offer a number of advantages. First, custom ear plugs provide a much more comfortable fit because they are molded specifically to fit the unique contours of your ears. Second custom molded ear plugs will provide a more consistent level of protection because they can only be inserted one way, so they always fit correctly. By contrast, universal fit ear plugs require more care to get them properly seated, and if you do not get them positioned just right, you can experience protection that is completely inadequate. Finally, custom ear plugs will ultimately save you money because with proper care, your custom ear plugs can last for years. The most common reason users buy replacement custom ear plugs is that they have lost one or both of them. The second most common reason for replacement is their dog ate them (no kidding!)
The specific custom ear plug models we suggest for face to face communications in high noise environments include our top pick, the Westone Defendear Industrial Convertible. Defendear Industrial Convertible ear plugs give you a choice of full or filtered protection. Just move the neck cord anchor points any time you want to switch.
Other great choices include the Westone ES49 Musician ear plugs, Westone Tru, and Perfect-Fit CMP. All provide the user with a choice of attenuation level through user changeable acoustic filters, so you can change to a higher or lower attenuation acoustic filter if you need to adapt to a different noise level situation. All of the custom ear plugs that are equipped with acoustic filters enable you to have face to face conversations much more easily than you can with any kind of solid ear plugs, while still providing you with the hearing protection you need.
Shooting or Surround Sound Ear Muffs
||Electronic shooting or surround
sound ear muffs are passive ear muffs with the addition of microphones,
sound processing amplifiers, and speakers. The mics pick up all the
ambient sounds, then amplify the low sounds, such as voices, and reduce
the volume of dangerously loud sounds, then transmit this transformed
soundscape into your ears via the built in speakers. This setup is
generally referred to as sound compression, and it lets you clearly
hear and understand conversations, even in very noisy environments, all
while protecting your hearing from the excessively loud environment. By
retaining the full soundscape, electronic shooting or surround sound
ear muffs also improve safety by helping you maintain situational
awareness. Situational awareness is a five dollar way of saying that
you continue to hear things going on around you.
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