A New Technology that Facilitates Hearing Loss Prevention

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In many work domains noise is something that is inevitable. Take for instance, the metals and mining industry where the workers are exposed to high decibels of sound.

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A New Technology that Facilitates Hearing Loss Prevention

  1. 1. A New Technology that Facilitates Hearing Loss PreventionIn many work domains noise is something that is inevitable. Take for instance, the metals and miningindustry where the workers are exposed to high decibels of sound. With noise induced hearing lossbeing an occupational hazard as proved by the increase in the number of hearing loss cases reportedand with regulatory bodies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) coming upwith stringent regulations and penalties, almost all employers have started taking measures for hearingprotection at workplaces. However, is hearing protection the only issue bothering workers as well asemployers in the workplaces? Read along to find the answers.The most practical way of achieving effective hearing loss prevention is through safety earmuffs andearplugs. Earmuffs and earplugs differ in the way they are worn. While earmuffs cover the entire ear,earplugs are worn inside. Today’ crop of hearing protection devices come mostly armed with ActiveNoise Control technology. Active Noise Control (ANC) technology also known as Active Noise Reduction(ANR) technology successfully suppresses unwanted noise. Though this noise cancellation technologyhelps to solve the greatest problem of those working in high noise environments, it is quite ineffectivewhen it comes to other major issues faced by the workers in high noise environments namely effectivehigh noise communication and situational awareness.In high noise environments due to the high background noise, it is definitely difficult to carry outeffective communication. With Active Noise Control technology, workers are able to ensure hearingprotection from the harmful background noise. However, when it comes to communication, workersneed to move to quieter areas, take their hearing protection off and on or speak loudly to communicatewith others. Studies show that the inability to communicate seamlessly and accurately in high noiseenvironments affects productivity. Workers lose over 30 minutes a day from trying to communicate inhigh noise environments.Another important issue is that of situational awareness. In any work domain, being aware of one’surroundings is highly important to avoid accidents and mishaps. Though Active Noise Controltechnology cancels noise and helps protect ears, it simultaneously reduces the users’ ability to hearspeech and to remain aware of their surroundings.What is required is a solution that brings low noise hearing experiences into high noise environments byenabling users to communicate effectively, remain aware of their surroundings while protecting theirhearing. This is what the new SENS technology promises to deliver. So start adopting this technology tokeep accidents as well as hearing loss at bay.Know more on: Electronic ear muffs Noise cancelling ear plugs

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