How much noise is too much noise?

We are exposed to noise every day, some of which has the potential to damage our hearing. Hearing loss develops gradually and painlessly which is why we tend not to notice it until it is too late.

It is essential to protect our ears from harmful levels of noise, but how do we know what is a “harmful level”? The maximum periods of time a person should be exposed to harmful noise per day without hearing protection can be surprising.

maximum periods of time a person should be exposed to harmful noise per day without hearing protection

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What level of noise protection is required?

Each hearing protector is tested to determine its individual level of noise reduction when fitted correctly. Each protector has an SNR which is an abbreviation for Single Number Rating. The higher the SNR value of a hearing protection product, the higher the noise insulation provided.

To find out the protection figure required, the noise levels of the workplace must first be established. This is the calculated figure for the amount of potential protection the protector can provide when fitted correctly. For this, the noise levels need to be measured to determine the daily exposure levels, as well as any maximum or peak noises that might have an impact. A noise map is then established and then the required protection can be determined using the SNR method.

Noise Level - Noise Reduction (SNR) = Residual Noise Level

 

The objective when choosing suitable hearing protection is to achieve an effective residual noise level of between 70 dB and 75 dB for the wearer. If the protection provided is too high (over-protection) this can result in an inability to communicate and potentially not hearing any warning alarms.

How to fit disposable earplugs

How to fit uvex disposable earplugs - step 1

Roll down uvex ­disposable hearing ­protection plugs.

How to fit uvex disposable earplugs - step 2

Put your arm over your head and move the ear slightly upwards to straighten your auditory canal. This achieves a­ ­better fit.

How to fit uvex disposable earplugs - step 3

Insert plugs and hold in place while they expand. If they are not visible from the front, then they are in the right position.

Discover our range of disposable ear protection

Ear canals vary in size and shape. This means an earplug which fits properly is required. For this reason, uvex offers a number of forms of hearing protection, appropriate for the many different shapes and sizes of ear canals.

Every ear is different
uvex com4-fit disposable earplugs

Small, high-performance earplugs

  • Ergonomically preshaped compact disposable earplugs
  • 33 decibels insulation suitable for use in extremely loud environments
  • Comfortable for wearers with narrower ear canals

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uvex x-fit – maximum insulation, optimum comfort

Maximum insulation, optimum comfort

  • Ergonomically preshaped disposable earplugs
  • 37 decibels insulation suitable for use in extremely loud environments
  • High level of comfort even when worn for extended periods

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Next steps

If you have any questions regarding hearing protection, contact your local uvex representative who will be happy to help:

Contact your Regional Sales Manager


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