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Since Malmo Hearing Ltd posted the pictures of Jamie Bagnall from  Brother Steve having moulds taken for his custom made hearing protection, we have had many more people coming in for their own! Hearing Protection can help prevent damage to your ears and long term damage such as tinnitus. Luke also said ‘I would recommend custom made hearing protection to anyone – The process was simple and the mould taking was pain free! It’s essential to protect your hearing, especially if you spend a lot of time in noisy environments. Damage to your hearing happens when you are exposed to noises louder than 85 decibels (dB) for a prolonged period.
You can take action to defend your hearing from excessive noise with our comprehensive range of earplugs that will protect your ears from damage, no matter how noisy your environment. Once your hearing protection is back and ready to use – you can even try them out upstairs in our shop like Jamie did! Failures or deficiencies in hearing conservation programs (hearing loss prevention programs) can often be traced to inadequacies in the training and education of noise-exposed employees and those who conduct elements of the program. Are personal counseling sessions conducted for employees having problems with hearing protection devices or showing hearing threshold shifts? Data indicate that employees who refuse to wear hearing protectors or who fail to show up for hearing tests frequently work for supervisors who are not totally committed to the hearing loss prevention programs. Have supervisors been provided with the knowledge required to supervise the use and care of hearing protectors by subordinates? Have supervisors been counseled when employees resist wearing protectors or fail to show up for hearing tests? Are disciplinary actions enforced when employees repeatedly refuse to wear hearing protectors? For noise measurements to be useful, they need to be related to noise exposure risks or the prioritization of noise control efforts, rather than merely filed away. Have there been changes in areas, equipment, or processes that have altered noise exposure?
Are appropriate steps taken to include (or exclude) employees in the hearing loss prevention programs whose exposures have changed significantly? Controlling noise by engineering and administrative methods is often the most effective means of reducing or eliminating the hazard. Have employees and supervisors been counseled on the operation and maintenance of noise control devices?
The skills of audiometric technicians, the status of the audiometer, and the quality of audiometric test records are crucial to hearing loss prevention program success. Has the audiometric technician been adequately trained, certified, and recertified as necessary? Do on-the-job observations of the technicians indicate that they perform a thorough and valid audiometric test, instruct and consult the employee effectively, and keep appropriate records? Are the annual test results compared to baseline to identify the presence of an OSHA standard threshold shift? Are audiometric trends (deteriorations) being identified, both in individuals and in groups of employees?
Is there documentation showing that the background sound levels in the audiometer room were low enough to permit valid testing?
Are the results of audiometric tests being communicated to supervisors and managers as well as to employees? Has corrective action been taken if the rate of no-shows for audiometric test appointments is more than about 5%? Referrals to outside sources for consultation or treatment are sometimes in order, but they can be an expensive element of the hearing loss prevention program, and should not be undertaken unnecessarily. Have letters of agreement between the company and consulting physicians or audiologists been executed?

Have mechanisms been established to ensure that employees needing evaluation or treatment actually receive the service (i.e., transportation, scheduling, reminders)? If medical treatment is recommended, does the employee understand the condition requiring treatment, the recommendation, and methods of obtaining such treatment? When noise control measures are infeasible, or until such time as they are installed, hearing protection devices are the only way to prevent hazardous levels of noise from damaging the inner ear.
Have hearing protectors been made available to all employees whose daily average noise exposures are 85 dBA or above? Are the protectors checked regularly for wear or defects, and replaced immediately if necessary? Have any employees developed ear infections or irritations associated with the use of hearing protectors? Have alternative types of hearing protectors been considered when problems with current devices are experienced? Are those who fit and supervise the wearing of hearing protectors competent to deal with the many problems that can occur? Are employees encouraged to take their hearing protectors home if they engage in noisy non-occupational activities? Are new types of or potentially more effective protectors considered as they become available? Have at-the-ear protection levels been evaluated to ensure that either over or under protection has been adequately balanced according to the anticipated ambient noise levels? Is each hearing protector user required to demonstrate that he or she understands how to use and care for the protector? Keeping organized and current on administrative matters will help the program run smoothly. Are copies of company policies and guidelines regarding the hearing loss prevention program available in the offices that support the various program elements?
Are procurement officers overriding the hearing loss prevention program implementor's requests for specific hearing protectors or other hearing loss prevention equipment? Safety: Has the failure to hear warning shouts or alarms been tied to any accidents or injuries?
Noise is unwanted sound —barking dogs, loud music, passing traffic, lawn mowers, industrial noise.
Water Protection Earplug is ideal for swimmers and surfers, this plug helps prevent ear infections and keeps water out of the ears while in the pool or ocean. Q: How do you know if your current choice of Hearing Protectionis working for your employees? Unfortunately too many companies and their employees find out their hearingprotection doesn't work when they have a hearing test.
What is missing is the ability to measure the protection level for each person andto calibrate the Hearing Protector for that person's noise exposure level. This missing part of the equation in a Hearing Conservation Program can lead to Noise Induced Hearing Loss for the employee and litigation for the employer. A computer generated sound is measured on theinside of your Sonomax and produces a written report on your own protection level. Once the testing is complete we match your protection level with the noise level you are exposed to. Custom molded plugs are recommended for long-term use, since they are more comfortable and gentle to the skin and won't go too far into the ear canal. An earplug is a device that is meant to be inserted in the ear canal to protect the wearer's hearing from loud noises or the intrusion of water, foreign bodies, dust or excessive wind.
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In addition, the results need to be communicated to the appropriate personnel, especially when follow-up actions are required.

Have noise-exposed employees been notified of their exposures and appraised of auditory risks? In some cases engineering controls will remove requirements for other components of the program, such as audiometric testing and the use of hearing protectors. Useful information may be ascertained from the audiometric records as well as from those who actually administer the tests. Making sure that these devices are worn effectively requires continuous attention on the part of supervisors and program implementors as well as noise-exposed employees. Are there any employees who are unable to wear these devices because of medical conditions? If such performance is found to be less than acceptable, are steps taken to correct the situation?
Studies show that over 40 percent of Australians are disturbed at home or lose sleep because of noise pollution. Noise levels, referred to as decibels on the (A) scale (written as dB(A)) are a good indicator of people’s response to noise.
We make personalized earplugs, whether it is for industrial noise, hunting, shooting or swimming.
This plus is also very popular with dentist and dentist workers; best choice for anyone who needs to hear accurately. The earphone is pressure fit into the mould and provides increased comfort and directionality of sound, cuts out background noise as compared with the standard Head-Phone normally supplied with device. Traditional plug and muff Hearing Protection can not be measured and therefore does not adequately fulfill the requirements of a Total Hearing Conservation Program.
As a precaution, ear plugs should not be pushed further into the ear canal than that they may be grabbed and rotated.
Still, many pathogenic bacteria grow well on warm, moist, foam-type plugs (polyvinylchloride (PVC) or polyurethane). This is associated with a higher cost, but can help to reduce the discomfort typically experienced after longer use, or if the level of protection or performance is inadequate. I can still hear the band perfectly and I can still hold a conversation with the band when I have them in. I would probably get a pair for when I sing too, but maybe with a lower attenuation filter. State government regulations state that our maximum daily noise dose should be no more than the equivalent of 85dB(A) for eight hours a day.
I’m so glad I got these as like Malmo Hearing told me – hearing protection is so important. The musician plugs come standard with colour marking for left and right ear and personal initial if required. Hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can scratch the skin of the ear canal and set off an episode. Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85dB(A) can damage inner ear cells and lead to hearing loss. When earplugs are used during an acute episode, disposable plugs are recommended, or used plugs must be cleaned and dried properly to avoid contaminating the healing ear canal with infected discharge.
After further exposure, a person may not fully recover their initial level of hearing — irreversible damage will have been done, causing deafness. Even brief exposure to very high levels of 130dB(A) or more can cause instant, irreversible hearing damage.

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