Wellness Management: Healthy Habits: Avoiding Hearing Loss At Work
CARE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EARS? MANAGE YOUR EARS = MANAGE THE NOISE
NO EXCUSES! WEAR YOUR HEARING PROTECTORS TO SAFEGUARD YOUR HEARING
Personal Protective Equipment – 3 Types of Hearing Protectors
- Earplugs ‐ are inexpensive - Plugs must be inserted properly
- Earmuffs – form air‐tight seal over the ear - less effective when using eyewear
- Canal Caps – use pressure from a headband to hold the earplugs in place
Hint: If glasses are worn, ensure the earmuffs have an effective seal
FACT: Skin irritations, injured eardrums, or other harmful reactions are exceedingly rare
Hint: Plugs should be kept reasonably clean or disposable sets with every use
FACT: Ear protectors include ear plugs or ear muffs. NO COTTON BALLS!
FACT: Keep out!!! of areas designated as hazardous noise areas
FACT: Confirm locations and duties with potentially hazardous noise exposure AND WEAR DESIGNATED EAR PROTECTION!
FACT: The use of ear protection will not make it more difficult to understand speech or to hear warning signals when worn in a noisy environment
HINTS FOR GOOD PROTECTION
Make sure you’re getting the full protection from your ear plugs by rolling the plug up between your fingers, pulling back your ear and inserting them completely in the ear canal as intended.
Good protection depends on a good seal between the surface of the skin and the surface of the ear protector. A very small leak can destroy the effectiveness of the protection.
ASK IF YOU ARE NOT SURE
FACT: Protectors have a tendency to loosen as a result of talking, chewing, etc., and they must be reset from time to time during the workday.