Is your hearing protection failing to protect your hearing? Here are 3 things to look out for.
Despite your best attempts, you can sometimes run into things that can hinder your hearing protection, both at home and at work. That’s hard to deal with. You’re trying to do the right thing after all. When you go to a concert, you wear your earplugs; At work, you use earmuffs every day; and you make your best effort to steer clear of Uncle Joe who is always yelling in your ear.
The point is, it can be kind of discouraging when you’re doing everything right and still there are challenges. The nice thing is that once you know about some of these simple issues that can interfere with your hearing protection, you can better prepare yourself. And this will keep your hearing protection in a state of efficiency even when you’re experiencing a bit of difficulty.
1. Wearing The Wrong Kind of Hearing Protection
Ear protection comes in two basic types: earmuffs and earplugs. As the names might suggest, earplugs are small and can be inserted directly into the ear canal. Earmuffs look like a pair of 70’s headphones, but instead of tunes, they offer protection for your hearing by muting external sound.
- When you’re in a scenario where noise is fairly constant, earplugs are encouraged.
- Earmuffs are advised in circumstances where loud sounds are more irregular.
There’s an obvious explanation for that: when there’s no noise, you’ll want to remove you’re hearing protection which is more difficult to do with earplugs than earmuffs. Earplugs take a little more work to put in and are easy to lose so you may find yourself needing to replace lost plugs when you really need them.
Wear the proper kind of hearing protection in the right scenario and you should be okay.
2. Your Ear Protection Can be Impacted by Your Anatomy
Human anatomy is extremely varied. That’s why your Uncle Joe has such a large set of vocal cords and you have more normal-sized vocal cords. That’s also why you may have a smaller than normal ear canal.
This can cause complications with your ear protection. Disposable hearing protection is frequently a one size fits all mindset, or at best, a small, medium, large situation. And so if you have especially tiny ear canals, you might have a tough time getting those earplugs to fit, causing you to give up completely and in frustration, throw them away..
If you find yourself in this scenario, you may turn away from the hearing protection you were attempting to give yourself, leaving you in danger of hearing damage. The same thing can happen if, for example, your ears are a bit larger, making earmuff style protectors uncomfortable. For people who work in loud settings, a custom fit pair of ear protection is a good investment.
3. Check if There’s Any Wear And Tear on Your Hearing Protection
You should be commended if you manage to wear your hearing protection every day. But that also means you need to keep close track of the wear and tear your hearing protection is experiencing.
- Check the band on earmuff protection. The band will need to be changed if the elastic is worn out and doesn’t hold the earmuffs tight.
- When they’re no longer pliable, replace the cushions on your earmuffs.
- Wash your hearing protection. Earwax serves a practical purpose in your body but it can also accumulate on your hearing protection. Just make sure that you wash properly; if you’re cleansing an earmuff set, take the earmuffs apart. Be cautious not to drop your earplugs down the drain.
If you want to get optimum benefit, you need to do regular maintenance on your hearing protection. It’s essential that you have a consultation with us if you have any questions on how to take care of your hearing protection or want to know more about the things that can interfere with their performance.
Your hearing is vital. It’s worth taking the time to protect it properly.