30 Nov 2016

Custom Earplugs Take to The Track – Renault Formula One

Did you know that the Renault F1 team use custom earplugs? As they are working on the track the team need to hear conversation whilst being protected. With cockpit noise often topping a whopping 130 decibels (dB) custom hearing protection is perfect for this, allowing them to keep their earplugs in whilst hearing important and often critical instructions. Disposables in this type of environment would have to be removed constantly, and the team wouldn’t be able to communicate properly with this type of protection.

Hearing protection is a big deal in Formula One, from the track team, spectators to the drivers themselves. In an interview in The Daily Mail in 2006 Sterling Moss talked publicly about his battle with hearing loss due to the sport, he said: “I used to stuff my ears with cotton wool to muffle the sound and make me more comfortable. But after every race, I’d have a sound like a rushing waterfall in my ears. It went on for days, an annoying noise in the background. Then you’d be on to the next race. After a while, the noise just never went and it remained always in the background. I know now this was tinnitus, a warning sign that my hearing was being damaged.”

As standard, the hearing protection currently provided most to Formula One drivers is that of custom earplugs with built-in speakers and the Renault crew have clearly been given this treatment. Two scientists from the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Hazard said a while back that the whole crew should also be offered this kind of protection and that awareness should be brought to spectators too.

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Fingers in ears, or custom moulded earplugs that also enable you to hear what you need!

Radio Accessories such as SpeakHear® are also important for Formula One teams to communicate; with custom moulded earplugs clients can also be connected to radios. This means that they would be able to communicate to each other, without the need to remove the earplug – the protection is very much like ear defenders but offers a more advanced way of staying protected, whilst also being able to hear surroundings.

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29 Nov 2016

An ‘Event’Full Year for ProtectHear®!

So 2016 is almost at an end and what a year it has been, ProtectHear® have exhibited at five shows and done lots more besides. Show-wise we met hundreds of people at three of the SHE Shows in Blackpool, Milton Keynes and Newcastle and two of The Health and Safety Events. Including a new show to the list ‘Health and Safety North’ at the Bolton Arena.

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We have been going to the SHE shows now for seven years and The Health and Safety Events for two. The show at Birmingham was our second year and Bolton our first. Western Business Exhibitions and Washington Dowling do a great job organising the events and we meet lots of people in Health and Safety who are interested in custom moulded hearing protection.

It has been a busy year for us also as we finished our rebranding project, transitioning our exhibition presence from At Source QX Ltd to our product brand name ProtectHear®.

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The rebranding certainly caught everyone’s attention this year with the new graphic design and display monitor with continuous rolling slides, and we loved launching our new Cost Saving Calculator stand so that clients can realise their projected savings in an instant when switch from disposable earplugs to custom moulded. Retro-wise it is always a big attraction seeing our obelisk full of disposables, an eye catching and great way to illustrate how many disposables on average people use per annum.

Our moulded earplugs are unique and events like these are perfect ways of getting the product out there, as some people still haven’t heard about custom moulded. We boast a wide portfolio of customers such as Network Rail, Weetabix and Kraft.

Our ’Try Before You Buy’ trial is a popular option with companies, helping them decide on the suitability of our hearing protection without committing fully. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is on the rise and we are trying to help to prevent claims and maintain hearing health, with our product lasting five years and offering full protection. We also educate the workforce as to why it is so important to protect your hearing, as the effects of NIHL are irreversible.

If you would like to find out more about our products/services please do contact us.

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