Studies show that any sound of 85 dB or more causes hearing loss in our body and prolonged exposure to loud noise can lead to partial or complete hearing loss. Hazardous noises are known to be present on construction sites, yet many builders do not consider this a serious hazard and few use earplugs or earmuffs. It is very important to pay attention to the use of hearing protection in the construction industry. Everyone must follow this safety rule. Hearing protection should be worn to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing protection devices reduce the amount of sound energy that reaches the inner ear and damages the ear. Earplugs and earmuffs are the most common personal protective equipment.
What types of hearing aids are there? Earplugs are inserted into the ear canal. Disposable, reusable, and specialty earplugs are available. Earmuffs consist of sound-absorbing material, soft ear cushions located around the ear, and a hard outer part. They are caught with a bandage on their heads.
There are many options for hearing aids. The choice is individual. Factors influencing selection depend on a number of factors including noise levels, comfort, and suitability of hearing aids for both the worker and the environment. It is necessary to use hearing aids, it is desirable to offer several different types of headphones from which we can choose. A comparison of fuses and regular headphones can be seen below.
Let's look at the pros and cons of earplugs.
Advantages: He is small and can speak calmly. Can be used with other personal protective equipment (e.g. can be worn with earmuffs). It is more comfortable for extended use in hot or humid work areas. Suitable for use in closed workplaces.
Disadvantages: It takes extra time to place it in the ear. It's harder to put in and take out. Requires very hygienic use. It may cause ear irritation.
Let's look at earmuffs. Advantages: Wears later in use. It is designed so that one size fits most head sizes. They cannot easily move or disappear. Small ear infections may be used in the future.
Difficult to transport and heavier.
Uncomfortable to use with other personal protective equipment
Not suitable for use in damp or hot work areas.
Not suitable for indoor use.
May interfere with the wearing of safety glasses or prescription glasses.