29 Jan 2016

Custom Moulded Earplugs – Stamp out Claims of NIHL

What is NIHL and how can custom moulded earplugs help?

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is also known as industrial deafness. It is continuing to cause problems; in the UK it is claimed that over 10 million people suffer from hearing loss. This can be caused by being exposed to an excessive amount of noise, resulting in cases of NIHL. Hearing damage from NIHL is irreversible, so it is important that everyone is educated about their hearing and are aware of the impact it can have. Many production/engineering firms commonly have noise issues.

When is it time to take action?

If employees are exposed to 80 db in the workplace this is a lower exposure level and is optional to have hearing protection put in place. At 85 dB and over mandatory hearing protection must be implemented, to protect employees hearing health and also employers from present and future claims of NIHL. Adequate hearing protection must be put in place or the noise must be lowered at source of machines or process.

How can ProtectHear® Help?

There are a few types of hearing protection that could be considered such as disposables, ear defenders and custom moulded earplugs. At ProtectHear® we don’t just offer a product, we offer our service and most importantly proper education. We are committed to making sure all our customers are happy with both the product and their knowledge on hearing preservation. The design of our custom moulded earplugs allows noise to pass at an attenuated level, blocking out all the harmful noise, yet still allowing conversation and warnings to be heard.

Custom Moulded earplugs

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06 Nov 2015

The personally moulded earplug ‘impression’ process

Before deciding to throw away those disposable earplugs for good and switch to personally moulded hearing protection, many of our clients ask us how the whole personally moulded earplug scenario works.

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So that we can cleverly make your very own bespoke pair of earplugs, that fit comfortably and protect you from noise (whilst still being able to hear those important things like warning signals or your colleague’s speech), we have to take an ‘impression’ or mould of your ear shape.

A common question is “what does this process involve and what does it feel like when you take an impression or moulding of my ear?”

So here is the lowdown…. thanks to model Steve for this demo.

  1. Sit comfortably and relax.
  2. Our qualified practitioner (who has the same level of expertise as an audiology nurse performing the same process) will then take a quick look inside your ear using a device with a tiny light, just to check that everything looks OK. step 1
  3. The practitioner then carefully inserts a small foam barrier into your ear very gently, you will hardly feel this and it has a string on it so it won’t get lost in there!step 2
  4. The fun then begins. The practitioner gently fills your ear with a non-toxic soft silicone moulding material – Barbie would love the pink! This feels a bit like inserting your usual foam earplugs so you will then be unable to hear very well once the moulding material is in there.step 3
  5. You wait around 3 minutes for the mould to set.step 4
  6. Hey presto, we gently remove the moulding material and tiny foam plug and you’re all done.
  7. We send off the impression, and your personally moulded earplug set arrives within a couple of weeks!

The process takes no more than 5 minutes to complete from start to finish, not bad for a pair of earplugs that last five years.

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21 Oct 2015

Moulded Earplugs in Bike Magazine

Bike Magazine has tested a variety of earplugs lately, included our moulded earplugs.

Journalist Dale Nuttall has spent two years testing various earplugs and had this to say about ProtectHear® personally moulded earplugs:

  • Moulded and silicone earplugs are easier to clean
  • Our medical grade silicone design dealt well with high levels of noise experienced on a track focused machine

You can read the article below.  If you would like more information about our moulded earplugs, then why not contact us or read our testimonials!

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