The consequences of noise exposure and hearing loss have long been understood, and are becoming more relevant as our aging global population drives impairment rates up. It is estimated that by 2050, over 900 million people will be suffering from disabling hearing loss caused by things like genetic predisposition and long-term exposure to noise in workplaces and other loud environments. That will be about 1 in 10 people. But what does that mean?
Most of us know that it is vital to protect our hearing when we’re on a worksite or near any dangerously loud noises for that matter. Earmuffs and ear plugs are both the obvious and best choices for hearing protection; but which one? and with what features? Determining the right type of hearing protection comes down to a set of requirements based on fit, comfort, and noise reduction vs. ease of use.
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