Choose the best hearing protector to be effectively protected

Discover four benefits that provide you with the guarantee that your employees will wear their hearing protectors 100% of their time spent exposed to noise: comfort, communication, convenience, and hygiene. Learn which type of protector (earmuffs, disposable ear plugs, reusable or custom hearing protector) best meets their needs.

Custom ear plugs

Custom ear plugs

disposable ear plugs

Disposable ear plugs

earmuffs

Earmuffs

reusable ear plugs

Reusable ear plugs

Comfort: the hearing protector "is forgotten"

The more comfortable the device, the more likely your employees are to forget they are wearing an ear protector. But what is comfort ?

  • The employee is free to move
  • The protector is lightweight, discreet
  • The ear plug is comfortable to wear and perfectly adapted to the morphology of each ear
  Comfort
Custom ear plugs √ √ √
Disposable ear plugs √ √
Earmuffs
Reusable ear plugs √ √

Communication : a true safety commitment for your business

Beyond usability, communication in a noisy environment is important to transmit information or respond to safety instructions :

  • Your employees stay in touch with the sounds of their environment, including warning signals
  • They wear their hearing protectors 100% of the time spent exposed to noise
  • They speak to each other quietly, they are happier and more peaceful at the end of the day
  Communication
Custom ear plugs √ √ √
Disposable ear plugs  
Earmuffs  
Reusable ear plugs  

Convenience or ease of use: key for employees adoption

Accessibility and simplicity in use are critical factors in the successful implementation of hearing protectors.

  • The hearing protector is easy to implement
  • It adapts to the habits of the employee and his work environment: with or without handles, with or without cord.
  • The hearing protector is compatible with other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  Ease of use
Custom ear plugs √ √ √
Disposable ear plugs √ √
Earmuffs √ √
Reusable ear plugs √ √

Hygiene : hearing protection devices that are easy to clean

An ear protector is placed into the ear canal, or in contact with the skin. Maintenance is therefore important for pleasant use throughout the lifetime of the protector.

  • Hearing protectors are hypoallergenic or biocompatible
  • A maintenance kit is provided, to ensure protectors are in proper working order, and maintain the quality of their use
  • Maintenance is simple, and takes only a few minutes per week
  Hygiene
Custom ear plugs √ √ √
Disposable ear plugs √ √ √
Earmuffs √ √
Reusable ear plugs √ √

Synthesis

This comparison clearly shows that custom ear plugs are the ones that best fit your employee’s needs. They are the most accepted and are worn 100% of the time the workers are exposed to noise.

Thus, you have the guarantee that your employees are effectively protected and reduce the risk of occupational noise-induced hearing loss.

  ComfortCommunicationEase of useHygieneTotal /12
Custom ear plugs √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ 12
Disposable ear plugs √ √   √ √ √ √ √ 7
Earmuffs   √ √ √ √ 5
Reusable ear plugs √ √   √ √ √ √ 6

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