3M™ Peltor™ Optime™ 105 Over-the-Head Ear Muffs
Dual-cup design provides maximum sound quality; NRR: 30dB
3M™ UltraFlex Ear Band
3M™ E-A-Rflex™ banded hearing protector with UltraFit™ tips features a unique hinged band fits a wide range of head sizes, and can be worn in three different positions.
3M™ Peltor™ X-Series Ear Muffs
Provide moderate to a very high level attenuation and meet the needs of an extensive range of industrial applications. 3M™ Peltor™ X-Series Ear Muffs with twin headband design insulated wire headband provide greater balance and increased comfort.
MSA™ XLS Ear Muffs for Slotted Hard Hats
For slotted caps are designed to fit comfortably under safety hard hats and face shields
3M™ UltraFit Metal Detectable Corded Earplugs
The 3M™ E-A-R™ UltraFit™ corded earplugs features a proprietary, premolded, triple-flange design that fits comfortably in most earcanals. Metal-detectable ball bearing for high detectability.
3M™ PELTOR™ Electrically Insulated Earmuffs, Hard Hat Attached
3M™ PELTOR™ Electrically Insulated Earmuffs are lightweight, low- profile, and offer a high level of protection
Honeywell VeriShield™ 100 Series Passive Ear Muffs
Honeywell VeriShield™ Earmuffs feature Air Flow Control technology for maximum attenuation without increasing the size or the weight of the earmuffs or the pressure on the head.
Honeywell™ Howard Leight™ Clarity™ C1 Earmuffs
Provide uniform attenuation that allows speech frequencies to be heard with less distortion
Moldex™ Glide™ Reusable Earplugs
Unique multi-curved stem rotates for custom-fit inside each ear canal
Hearing protection devices (HPDs) reduce the amount of noise that enters the ears and can help protect against tinnitus, hyperacusis, and other negative effects of noise exposure. Various types of HPDs are available, including ear muffs, ear plugs, electronic devices, and semi-insert products.
Many countries require interventions to control noise exposure risks in workplaces. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prescribes hearing conservation programs and the use of HPDs, along with signage to warn workers about noise level risk.
The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and healthcare professionals recommend HPDs when noise levels exceed 85dB.
What Is the Best Type of Hearing Protection?
The effectiveness of HPDs also depends on physical fit. Devices with airtight seals or deep ear canal placement provide the most noise attenuation. Barriers to achieving optimal protection include comfort, convenience, training, and beliefs and attitudes toward PPE.
Different Types of Hearing Protection
Many HPD options exist:
- Ear muffs typically consist of two ear cups and a headband
- Ear plugs fit in the ear canal; ear plugs may be pre-molded, formable, or roll-down style
- Electronic HPDs reduce the sound that reaches the eardrum using a combination of electronic and structural components
- Hearing Enhancement Protection Systems provide sound protection while transmitting speech and other sounds
- Canal caps are semi-insert devices with a soft tip that is inserted or sits at the ear canal opening; the caps are connected by a lightweight band
- The use of ear plugs under ear muffs is called dual hearing protection and is used for extremely high noise levels