12 Apr 2019

Vented vs Solid Ear plugs

Vented vs Solid Ear plugs

Depending on your unique working environment, different levels of protection may be required in different working situations. With ProtectHear® you have a choice of Vented ear plugs or Solid ear plugs, both are suitable for different reasons.

Vented ear plugs

ProtectHear® vented ear plugs are a 29 SNR (Single Number Rating) product which attenuates noises to a safe level, allowing users to hear warnings, alarms and conversation. This helps users work safely and effectively not being over protected nor under protected. With the vented system wearers can connect communication accessories to the ear plugs, so they can communicate via phone/radio. Vented ear plugs are seen as the best solution when needing to hear colleagues/warnings, so they are great for teams working together. 29 SNR ear plugs are ideal for working environments such as Rail, Engineering and Steel.

Solid ear plugs

ProtectHear® solid ear plugs are a 31 SNR (Single Number Rating) product, they block out more of the external noise in the industrial environment. This product is used in higher noise environments to give better protection, lessening the noise your workers can hear. The performance level of solid ear plugs is similar to the protection your workers would get from a pair of ear defenders. Solid ear plugs are used for environments with particularly high noise levels, such as ship engine compartments and compressor houses.

Let’s get Technical

For our vented ear plugs ProtectHear® use a design which allows air to pass through the ear plugs carrying the external noise as sound waves, before entering a passive acoustic filter. Whereas solid ear plugs have no vent or filter, so do not allow air or external noise to pass through the ear plug.

Both products are CE Marked to EN 352-2:1993 and tested by Salford University School of Acoustics. You can find more detailed technical information here, regarding the difference in attenuation ratings.

Communicate Safely

You can communicate with ProtectHear® vented ear plugs through conversation with colleagues whilst in a noisy environment. There is no need to take out your hearing protection and be exposed to the noise. As well as conversations with ProtectHear® vented you can communicate through radios/phones, ProtectHear® supply a wide range of communication accessories called SpeakHear®.

ProtectHear® solid has no vent giving you extra protection but communication accessories cannot be connected.

What are the advantages?

Whether you choose vented or solid, ProtectHear® ear plugs give users maximum comfort, with a great fit and allows the ears to ‘breathe’. ProtectHear® ear plugs can be worn with all types of Personal Protective Equipment such as hard hats and safety glasses. With a 5 year lifespan there are significant cost savings to be had compared to disposable earplugs, calculate your savings on our cost savings calculator here.

Take our Trial

Don’t Forget if you’re unsure whether vented or solid are best for your factory environment, you can trial ProtectHear® vented or solid ear plugs for an 8 week period within your organisation’s unique environment, and you can include up to 10 people to participate.

Contact us now to find out more about ProtectHear® products/services. You can book your no obligation ‘Try Before you Buy’ trial today.

Read our full terms and conditions here.

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19 Mar 2019

Five Years’ Mileage out of each pair of our ear plugs

Five Years’ Mileage out of each pair of our ear plugs

Lifespan

ProtectHear® custom ear plugs are designed to have a lifespan of five years. Like all areas of the body our ears change shape over time, and through many years of perfecting our product the fit and integrity of your ProtectHear® ear plugs is guaranteed for 5 years. Made from a soft hypoallergenic silicone (shore hardness 25) it is the softest custom ear plug on the market. We offer factory tool-box talks too, to ensure your workers’ ear plugs last the full five years. We also have a video on our website, with tips on how to take care of your ProtectHear® ear plugs.

Are ProtectHear® ear plugs good for the environment?

With a lifespan of 5 years 1 pair of custom ear plugs equates to a potential 4800 pairs of disposable ear plugs ending up in landfill. Industry average shows that workers tend to use up to 4 pairs of disposables per day, for various reasons, so over 240 working days in a year by 5 years, we are looking at 4800 pairs per worker. Multiply this up by your workforce then the whole of the UK industry and size of impact becomes apparent. ProtectHear® ear plugs are toxilogically inert too, which is far better for the environment.

There are significant cost savings to be made too!

With so many disposables used over a 5 year period compared to one set of ProtectHear® custom ear plugs, there are significant cost savings that can be made. In fact on average ProtectHear® can save approximately £400 per employee over 5 years, by switching from disposables. You can use our Cost Savings Calculator to forecast your savings.

What are the Warranty Terms?

ProtectHear® custom ear plugs are warranted for the full 5 year lifespan of the product, the only time this may not be eligible is if damage is caused, as a result of misuse of the product. This does not affect your statutory rights under Consumer Law.

Don’t just take our word for it; this is what EDF Energy had to say…

“I prefer ProtectHear® to disposable ear plugs as they are very easy to fit and comfortable in use and an added bonus is that the cost savings are genuine compared to disposables. When you start to do the maths in comparison to using 4-5 pairs of disposable earplugs a day the money saving over the life span of the ProtectHear® which are purchased with a one off payment becomes quite significant.” – Shaun Penn EDF Energy Ltd.

Can my Company trial ProtectHear® ear plugs?

Yes, ProtectHear® offer a ‘Try Before you Buy’ where up to 10 people can be trialled over an 8 week period. If you decide to move forward with the product, then we would invoice you for the trial and book an appointment to take impressions for the rest of your workforce. If you wish to return the ear plugs then there will be no costs incurred at all.

How can I arrange an appointment?  

You can contact a member of our team on 01507 604322 who will be able to arrange an appointment for you.

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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 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 of £405 per employee can be made by switching from disposables to ProtectHear®.

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

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