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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30 Apr 2018

The Health and Safety Event 2018

The Health and Safety Event 2018

The Health and Safety Event was held once again at the NEC in Birmingham, this was the fourth time ProtectHear® has exhibited. The show entails 48 Conference and Seminar sessions, 45 engaging speakers, with 200 Exhibition stands and a footfall of over 6000 visitors. The event was organised by Western Business Exhibitions.

ProtectHear® was showcasing the products/services of the company to visitors with samples, communication accessories and brochures. Some companies are not aware of the great benefits in both protection and cost savings on ProtectHear® ear plugs. Our cost saving calculator helped people realise how much you can save with custom ear plugs over a 5 year period. Also illustrating this we had the disposable obelisk, which shows how many disposable ear plugs you’re using over the 5 year period, which is concerning considering the landfill.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss affects many people in the UK, getting the guaranteed protection is so important, especially as a report from the HSE shows that 60% of users don’t actually fit disposables correctly! It is also important to be protected but not over protected; this is why our ear plug has a vented system, allowing communication between employees, but ensuring you’re not over protected.

Our ‘Try Before you Buy’ is offered to companies to give them a chance of trialling up to 10 pairs over an 8 week period, with no obligation to buy. We have great confidence in our product and can even trial communication accessories alongside. This is supported by a toolbox talk.

ProtectHear® will be attending the Health and Safety North in October; you can keep updated on the Health and Safety Events website.

If you would like updates on the event day at the NEC use the #HSENEC or follow @HandS_Events on Twitter.

Check out the cost savings calculator.

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12 Jan 2018

Ear plugs in Rail

Ear plugs in Rail

Ear plugs are used in the rail sector to protect employees from harmful noises, yet still allowing users to hear conversation, warnings, signals and trains. Especially when you’re on the track, awareness of your surroundings is very important. The ear plugs are kept in throughout the working day so there is no need to remove them, providing comfort and compatibility with any other PPE.

We have been supplying the rail industry for 10 years now for companies such as Network Rail, GWR, Southern Railway and Chiltern Railways. We are the only approved supplier of custom ear plugs to Network Rail. This involved a series of product testing to check the standard. Starting off with an original trial and then turning into an approved supplier.

SpeakHear® communication systems can be hard wired from a radio to ProtectHear® ear plugs.

With our ‘Try before you Buy’ we can offer businesses our ear plugs and communication accessories on trial for 1-10 people. This includes the initial visit, toolbox talks and support throughout the trial period of 8 weeks. We had a feature in 2016 in The Rail Professional Yearbook.

Contact us for more details.

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19 Dec 2017

Hear ends 2017

As 2017 draws to a close we have had another busy year, to start the year off in February we featured in The Health and Safety Magazine, ‘Tomorrows Health & Safety’. With our column ‘No Need to Shout’, located on page 4 and written by our Managing Director Mick Whitaker. Mick gives an in depth article about NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss), with how the effects are irreversible and how our product helps protect your hearing.

In March we attended the first of The Health and Safety Events at the NEC Birmingham. This event is organised by Western Business Exhibitions, bringing over 6000 visitors and 200 exhibition stands. Demonstrating our unique products/services to visitors with the significant costs savings compared to disposables.

In August we renewed our SafeContractor Scheme, making us compliant with Health and Safety regulations to enter our customers’ premises. There are more than 30,000 clients the SafeContractor has on the Scheme.

The Health and Safety North was in October which incorporated The Health and Safety Event and The Fire Safety Show, held in Manchester at Event City. With just 60% of workers actually fitting their hearing protection correctly, this is based on a HSE Report. There is a huge gap where employees need to be educating on hearing protection.


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24 Nov 2017

Silicone ear plugs

Silicone ear plugs

Our silicone ear plugs are made from a hypo-allergenic medical grade soft silicone, with a shore hardness of 25. This makes the product very soft but robust, fitting the ears comfortably. The ear plugs are designed to wear all day without removing, as you can still hear the environment. They can be cleaned with either mild soapy water or a wet wipe and the ear plugs have no moving parts, making them easy to clean. We have used the same silicone since the business started in 2000, handcrafted in our specialist laboratories.

We provide a pouch to keep the ear plugs safe with a belt clip and instructions. This gives users a sense of ownership, as it’s something personal and unique compared to ear defenders and disposables. The up most service and education is offered to our customers, so people are aware why they are provided with our ear plugs and why they should be cared for.

ProtectHear® prevents Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus claims, due to the product fully protecting the ear. Yet still allowing a safe working environment as safe sound is allowed through.

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29 Sep 2017

Custom ear plugs used at William Hare…

Once again ProtectHear® will be visiting the Health and Safety North Show at its new location Manchester EventCity. ProtectHear® will be on stand J55 with the interactive cost saving calculator, obelisk of disposables and samples.

Custom ear plugs used at William Hare…

Once again ProtectHear® will be visiting the Health and Safety North Show at its new location Manchester EventCity. ProtectHear® will be on stand J55 with the interactive cost saving calculator, obelisk of disposables and samples.

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Louth, Lincolnshire, 27th September 2017  – ProtectHear® will be proving the effectiveness of custom ear plugs, to stop claims of Noise Induced Hearing Loss in your company. ProtectHear® will be Exhibiting on Stand J55 at EventCity Manchester taking place on 10th-11th October 2017.

ProtectHear® formed in 2000 has grown over the years and is now one of the UK leading providers in custom hearing protection. Based in Lincolnshire and supplying well known customer names such as Network Rail, British Steel, Weetabix, EDF Energy and Phillips 66.

ProtectHear® custom ear plugs are designed purposely for each individual, with genuine cost savings in comparison to disposables. Being more environmentally friendly than the throw away disposables, reducing landfill, with the product having a lifespan of 5 years.

Ready Why William Hare chooses to use the product:

William Hare is a leading global player in the steel industry with a UK head office in Bury. Around the world clients trust them for the provision of superior steel framework solutions in various industries. They are experts in oil & gas, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, power, nuclear, civil, bridgework, airport, infrastructure, commercial and retail developments.

Jean Collison the SHE Administrator at William Hare has been custom made ear plugs since 2008. Here is what she said about the product:

A ‘Try Before you Buy’

“After undertaking a very successful trial in 2007 we selected ProtectHear® personally moulded earplugs for our hearing protection. Employees at all levels use the product, both in the facilities and on-site.

Product Quality and Comfort

The product protects from factory noise but enables workers to still hear warning bells, which is critical. Although background noise is reduced, speech can still be heard, which is extremely useful.

Employees really like them as they are comfortable and perform well. Our staff appreciate the product as it is more personal and better quality compared to disposables.”

Service and Education

Working with ProtectHear® is a really good experience. Everything is organised well and any questions are answered straight away. They also go the extra mile by helping us promote a sensible health and safety culture internally; they have been involved in some very helpful toolbox talks which clearly state the benefits of the product to our employees when it comes to hearing protection”.

Get your ticket to the show and visit ProtectHear® on J55, or contact us on 01507 604322, enquiries@protecthear.co.uk or www.protecthear.co.uk


For all press enquiries please contact Kieran Towse, Sales and Marketing Administrator tel: 01507 604322

About ProtectHear®
ProtectHear® manufactures leading edge custom moulded earplugs that offer the highest degree of comfort whilst proving an effective acoustic barrier. Operating since 2000, the company is privately owned in Lincolnshire and has clients in many industries throughout the UK including EDF Energy, Network Rail, Weetabix, Kellogg’s and Phillips66.


Telephone: 01507 604322

Email: enquiries@protecthear.co.uk

18 Eve Street, Louth, Lincs, LN11 0JJ

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