14 Feb 2019

Protect your Factory Operatives from Tinnitus

Protect your 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, which can grossly affect their 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 or 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 such as using relaxation techniques, offset sound therapy and hearing aids. Lessen the chances of your workers getting tinnitus or existing sufferers from getting any worse, by providing them with quality ear protection.

The exact cause of tinnitus is not known, but generally 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 and effective ear protection is of course highly recommended.

The intensity of a noise is universally measured in decibels(dB) but as well as the 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.

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 earplugs, 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® earplugs.

To move forward with a ‘Try Before you Buy’ trial a ProtectHear® technician will visit your factory to take ear impressions of your workers, so 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, or alternatively contact us via our online enquiry form here at any time.

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20 Dec 2018

Our brand new Fitting Video

Our brand new Fitting Video

We have developed a brand new animated fitting video, to show ProtectHear® users how to fit ProtectHear® custom ear plugs. This will help those that are new with the product, making the fitting and removal an easy process. The cleaning process is also shown explaining how to maintain the ear plugs to the correct standard.

This video expands on the first video we released earlier this year on ‘The ProtectHear® Process’. Where we showed how the impression of the ears are taken and the moulds manufactured. Fitting your ear protection correctly is very important to prevent claims of NIHL.

Both of these videos can be found on our YouTube Channel.

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31 Oct 2018

The Health and Safety North 2018

The Health and Safety North 2018

The Health and Safety North was hosted at EventCity in Manchester, where leading industry experts in the Health and Safety sector attended. The Exhibition coincided with the Fire Safety Event.  The event was first established in 2007 and formed to bring Health and Safety Practitioners together in the North of England. Another event is organised by Western Business Exhibitions called the Health and Safety Event NEC.

The Exhibition has free conferences and seminars, over 200 exhibitors, 2000 visitors and 56 Industry Speakers over the 2 day period. ProtectHear® was showcasing the unique hearing protection offered with custom moulded ear plugs ProtectHear® alongside the communication accessories SpeakHear®.  ProtectHear® is one of the leading experts in the hearing sector, priding themselves on the unbeatable service provided.  ProtectHear® supplies companies such as Network Rail, Tata Steel, Weetabix and Phillips 66.

The product attenuates noises but to a safe level, so that the user can hear the environment around them. Considering there are 60% of workers that are not wearing disposable hearing protection correctly according to a HSE study, this is an important feature to keep employees protected at all times. To support the product ProtectHear® offers a ‘Try Before you Buy’ where you can evaluate the product over an 8 week period with no obligation to buy. Savings by switching to ProtectHear® from disposables can be made of £405 per employee.

If you would like to find out more about the products/trial then you can contact us.

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26 Sep 2018

ProtectHear® are exhibiting at The Health and Safety North 2018

ProtectHear® are exhibiting at The Health and Safety North 2018

ProtectHear® will once again be visiting from the 9th October-10th October at The Health and Safety Event at EventCity Manchester. ProtectHear® will be on stand K10 showcasing custom moulded hearing protection to visitors.

Come and register now for the event now by following this link. Over 200 Exhibitors will be ready to promote their products/services.

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24 Aug 2018

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can have either a temporary or permanent effect on individuals. The main causes of hearing loss are excessive noise, aging or injury. Over 360 million of the world’s population have disabling hearing loss. It can also affect in Adults balance, mental health and risk of dementia. There are 4 types of hearing loss which are Auditory Processing Disorders, Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural and mixed.

The signs to watch out for could be difficulty in hearing people clearly, listening to music at a high volume, having to focus on what people are saying and repetition of conversations. Using ear protection in a work or a social situation would be a solution to protecting your hearing from further damage. Also not inserting anything into the ears as this could make the loss worse. If any of the discussed applies then it is recommended to see a GP to see what they can advise.

Hearing aids can treat up to 95% of people that have hearing loss, if hearing aids aren’t appropriate then implants can be inserted into the ear. Alternatively if the hearing loss is too severe then sign language or lip reading may need adopting.

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29 Jun 2018

TransQ Subscription

TransQ Subscription

ProtectHear® is happy to announce that the company has now updated the membership of the TransQ Global Community. This is a supplier qualification scheme which is managed by Achilles. This will support ProtectHear® with increased business opportunities in the transport sector and will offer updated company information to those that seek it.

ProtectHear® is proud to be a member of many schemes and is continuing to grow the portfolio, to create and maintain growth within the business.

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