Maintain Situational Awareness with Innovative Hearing Protection Devices

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Historically, accidents related to these types of high-noise industries often could have been avoided if the worker had been more aware of his or her surroundings. Consequently, enabling workers to maintain situational awareness absolutely is critical to their safety.

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Maintain Situational Awareness with Innovative Hearing Protection Devices

  1. 1. Maintain Situational Awareness with Innovative Hearing Protection DevicesAccording to NIOSH,( National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) nearly 30 million workers areexposed to hazardous noise on the job and an additional 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from other agentssuch as solvents and metals. It is found that noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupationaldiseases and the second most self-reported occupational illness or injury. High-noise environments potentiallyare dangerous to the employees working in them.Historically, accidents related to these types of high-noise industries often could have been avoided if the workerhad been more aware of his or her surroundings. Consequently, enabling workers to maintain situationalawareness absolutely is critical to their safety. In any high noise environment, maintaining the ability to communicate must not contribute to be reason behindoccupational hearing loss. In high noise working environments, communication is extremely difficult, and ittherefore becomes even more important for employers to ensure that there are adequate protection devices tocorrect this issue, considering the fact that the need to communicate is not going to change. Without being forcedto remove their hearing protection, workers need to have a way to effectively communicate with others in theworkplace. There are new hearing protection technologies that are changing this by addressing the reasons whyworkers remove their hearing protection.Noise suppression technologies synonymous with products used in extreme working conditions now are beingcombined with speech enhancement technology and embedded in smart ear plug and ear muffs to deliver a highlyfunctional hearing protection solution to workers in extreme working conditions. These technologies enable clearand safe communication in extremely high noise environments via face-to-face communication, two-way radio orBluetooth through a cell phone without having to remove their hearing protection.There are modern technology electronic ear plugs that isolate and enhance speech and suppress dangerous noiseto a safe level so you can hear speech and stay protected in high noise environments. The easy to operate controlunit can be worn discreetly around the neck or in a pocket resembling an MP3 player. These new innovativetechnologies reduce background noise to safe levels while allowing certain sounds through, enabling situationalawareness thereby facilitating all forms of communication.These innovative ear hearing protection devices and hi-tech ear muffs are definitely here to stay, as they are oneof the most highly needed protection devices in most industrial workplaces. Be sure of what you want, and docomplete online research. Spend a few minutes analyzing the different types protection to decide on what kind ofear protection is right for you.Read more on - hearing protection, occupational hearing loss, electronic ear muffs

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