HOW DECIBELS BECOME DANGEROUS.

THE FACTS

Sound

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). 85dB is the noise level at which hearing damage can begin to occur. So what does 85dB sound like? Routine activities like sitting in traffic, blending a smoothie, even blow-drying your hair. Prolonged exposure to loud noise also increases your hearing damage risk.

Threshold

For most people, the unprotected exposure threshold for 85dB is 8 hours in a 24-hour period. That means you can spend 8 hours in an environment with a noise level of 85dB with relatively no risk. However, adding other noisy activities like shooting, live music or motor sports on top of that compounds your risk.

Safety

Every 3dB over the 85dB safety threshold cuts your safe listening time in half. For instance, operating a hand drill with a noise level of 100dB without ear protection means you have just 15 minutes of safe listening time over 24 hours. And regular exposure of more than 1 minute to noise at or above 110dB puts you at risk for permanent hearing loss.

Risks

Irreparable hearing loss isn’t the only risk of not using ear protection. Tinnitus, a condition that causes a ringing in the ears, commonly occurs after exposure to noise and can become permanent. In addition to being damaging, loud noise can be distracting. Losing your focus in construction sites and other loud environments can be a danger in itself.

HOW TO INSERT EAR PLUGS

THE RIGHT WAY TO INSERT FOAM EAR PLUGS

Before you begin, makes sure your hands and ear plugs are clean to avoid getting dirt and germs into your ears.

  1. With clean hands, roll plug between fingers to soften. Use entire plug.
  2. Shape plugs into a ball.
  3. Place plugs against ear openings and flatten firmly. Just cover ear opening. Do not force into ear canal.

THE RIGHT WAY TO INSERT FLANGE EAR PLUGS

Before you begin, makes sure your hands and ear plugs are clean to avoid getting dirt and germs into your ears.

  1. Pull your outer ear up and back. This will straighten out your ear canal.
  2. Insert the ear plug so that all flanges are well within your ear canal.
  3. When the ear plug has been properly fitted it may be partially visible from the front.

To test the seal, cup your hands over your ears and remove. You should not be able to tell a significant difference in noise level.

When done correctly, your ears will now be protected from hearing loss. You can mow the lawn, nap through a vacuuming session or watch your spouse’s favorite TV show without any discomfort.

THE RIGHT WAY TO INSERT SILICONE EAR PLUGS

Before you begin, makes sure your hands and ear plugs are clean to avoid getting dirt and germs into your ears.

  1. Roll the ear plug into a thin snake-like tube or a slight cone.
  2. Pull your outer ear up and back. This will straighten out your ear canal. Insert the rolled-up ear plug well within your ear canal.
  3. Hold the ear plug in place with your finger for 10-15 seconds. The silicone will naturally contour to the shape of your outer ear and create a watertight seal over your ear canal.

To test the seal, cup your hands over your ears and remove. You should not be able to tell a significant difference in noise level.

When done correctly, your ears will now be protected from hearing loss. You can mow the lawn, nap through a vacuuming session or watch your spouse’s favorite TV show without any discomfort.