We have a selection of earplugs available at BETAFIT. But when it comes to choosing ear plugs for work, how do you know which are the right ones? Depending on your task and risk level one may be more suitable than the other. Unlike industrial ear defenders, earplugs are inserted into the ear canal, which can offer greater hearing protection, making them a good choice in areas of extreme noise. Because they are smaller, they are generally easier to wear with additional PPE such as head protection and safety goggles. Let’s take a look at the different types we have.
Types of earplugs available
- Disposable earplugs
- Corded earplugs
- Banded earpods
Disposable earplugs are most often made from a soft foam material and are comfortable to wear for extended use. The foam earplug should be carefully rolled and compressed into a crease-free cylinder shape and fitted into the ear canal where it will expand to fill out the canal. The precise fit means they provide a very high level of attenuation. We have disposable ear plugs for work available, in both corded and uncorded styles. Corded earplugs allow easy storage around the neck when not in use, and also reduces the chance of losing the earplugs or littering the floor. However, in some environments this cord could become a hazard, and so uncorded earplugs would be the better option. We also offer Wall dispenser units, which are a great way of ensuring employees have easy access to the hearing protection they need. Our refill packs help you ensure your workforce never runs low.
Reusable earplugs, made of soft TPR, are very convenient for intermittent noise protection, allowing the user to easily take the plugs in and out. They are also Corded, and so are less likely to be misplaced when not in use.
Banded earpods provide a lightweight semi-aural protection, ideal for intermittent usage. The connecting headband allows easy fit and removal, designed to be worn under the chin or behind the neck. They generally have lower noise reduction ratings than disposable and reusable earplugs, as they sit in the ear over the canal rather than being a tight fit within the canal.
Replacing Hearing Protection
When placing large orders of hearing protection equipment for your staff, it is important to consider how regularly the different types of hearing protection need to be replaced. This allows you to choose the most cost-effective, safe option for your team. Banded earpods should be replaced when:
• The product starts to show wear and tear
• The earbuds are no longer pliable
• The headband itself is stretched
For normal use, it is advisable to replace the headband every 6-8 months. Foam ear plugs for work should be replaced daily/after each use.
Disposable earplugs should be replaced:
• Daily (or after each use) as they can retain bacteria easily
• If they are unable to withstand being washed
Speak To An Expert
If you require any further information on earplugs, we have technical data sheets available for all our products so you can see which standards they are suitable for, and the protection rating provided. Speak to the BETAFIT team today on 01472 867 467, or email us on [email protected].