28 Feb 2019

Ear Moulding Training for Your Staff – For Custom Ear Plugs

Ear Moulding Training for Your Staff – For Custom Ear Plugs

There are lots of advantages to having custom-moulded earplugs to protect the hearing of your workers – e.g. quality, cost, the environment etc. and for the majority of customers our specialist ProtectHear® technicians will visit your site to take all the necessary ear impressions for you. We are more than happy to take responsibility for this on your behalf not only for your first batch of ear plugs but also for subsequent orders too. However, some organisations prefer to have the flexibility of handling the ear moulding process themselves, particularly for new employees joining and/or any urgent mouldings that may be necessary.

We Will Train Your Staff

For this reason ProtectHear® offers a half day ‘Ear Moulding’ training course for your Health & Safety /  Occupational Health operatives, which is free of charge, and includes:

  • Ear inspection procedures which must take place prior to moulding
  • Unique ear impression taking using a soft hypoallergenic silicone placed carefully into the ear in line with BSA Guidelines
  • Bagging up the impression moulds and labelling for shipping off to ProtectHear® HQ for production

At the end of the course trainees competent in the processes covered will receive a certificate and your company will have the flexibility of being able to take ear impressions for additional ear plug orders completely at your convenience. It takes a trained operative approximately 5-10 minutes to take each ear impression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ProtectHear Trainer

The ProtectHear® Technicians who deliver the training are highly experienced in all aspects of ProtectHear® ear plugs and hold BSA Certificates in Otoscopy and Ear Moulding.

The Toolbox Talk

In order for your workers to get the very best out of the hearing protection you are providing for them, in addition ProtectHear® offers ‘Toolbox Talks’ at your site for those currently using our custom moulded ear plugs, or those wanting to learn more about fitting and taking care of their ear plugs.

Great Savings

ProtectHear® ear plugs offer great savings compared to disposables as they come with a 5-year lifespan. You may find it interesting to calculate your savings and your pay-back period here using our ‘ProtecHear Costs Savings Calculator’.

Get in touch

We offer limited training days each month and they are available on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to know more about any aspect of ProtectHear® training or our products and services, please call 01507 604322 today during normal office hours or alternatively contact us via our online enquiry form here at any time.

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14 Feb 2019

Protect Factory Operatives From Tinnitus

Protect Factory Operatives from Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common condition across all age groups but it is more prevalent for people who have hearing loss. Whilst many sufferers can generally continue with day-to-day activities despite their condition, others are affected severely.  About 30% of people experience tinnitus at some time in their life, whilst an estimated 10% suffer persistent tinnitus. Tinnitus can grossly affect quality of life.

The British Tinnitus Association describes the condition as ‘the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound.”  Sufferers may hear ringing, whooshing, humming and/or buzzing continuously and it can come or go in just one ear, or both. Experiencing tinnitus for the first time can be pretty frightening, and although there is no cure for tinnitus there are things that can be done to manage the condition. Using relaxation techniques, offset sound therapy and hearing aids are all worth a try. Employers can reduce the chances of their workers getting tinnitus by providing them with quality ear protection. Ear plugs can also prevent the condition getting any worse for existing sufferers.

What is the cause?

The exact cause of tinnitus is not known. Experts tend to believe it comes about as the result of some kind of change, either mental or physical. If a person suffers hearing loss, an ear infection or high levels of sudden stress the amount of information being sent to the brain alters. The brain tends to respond by bombarding the ear with requests for information. The bombardment of extra information the ear receives from the brain is the sound we refer to as ‘tinnitus’.

Frequent, prolonged exposure to loud noise increases the risk of tinnitus occurring or making the condition worse for existing sufferers. Protecting ears from very loud sounds (such as hammering metal, power tools, heavy machinery etc.) is a must. Effective ear protection is of course highly recommended for all workers in noisy industrial environments.

The intensity of a noise is universally measured in decibels(dB).  However, as well as noise intensity, consideration must be given to the duration of the exposure to the noise. Most international regulations for noise exposure at work state that the loudest noise someone should be exposed to for an 8-hour working day is 85dB. The British Tinnitus Association website explains this very well here.

The Trial

We offer businesses an 8 week ProtectHear® trial option so you can try them in your factory before you buy.

ProtectHear® – the UK’s market leading custom moulded ear plugs, available in 3 colours and have a lifespan of 5 years.  Whilst the hearing of ProtectHear® wearers is adequately protected from industrial noise they can still hear speech, warnings and alarms as they go about their day-to-day activities. Factory radio communications integration options are also available with ProtectHear® ear plugs.

To move forward with a ‘Try Before you Buy’ trial a ProtectHear® technician will visit your factory to take ear impressions of your workers. Individuals can each have a unique pair of custom made earplugs that will last them 5 years.

Check out our costs savings calculator here.

Book an appointment today now by phoning 01507 604322 during normal office hours.  Alternatively contact us via our online enquiry form here at any time.

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