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Hearing Protection: Comfortable Ear Plugs


Get the right hearing protection device for your workplace! Comfortable Ear plugs from Gateway Safety is hearing protection that workers want to wear.

According to OSHA1, each year in the United States approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise in their workplace. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss that neither surgery nor hearing aids can correct! Noise may be a problem at your workplace if:

  • Your workers hear humming or ringing in the ears when they leave work
  • They have to shout to be heard by a co-worker less than arm’s length away
  • Experience temporary hearing loss after they leave work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicates that employers should provide hearing protection to their employees whenever noise exposure equals or exceeds an eight-hour, time-weighted, average sound level of 85 decibels. NIOSH recommends a 25% reduction for earmuffs, 50% for formable earplugs, and 70% for other plugs.

When buying ear plugs and hearing protection devices, you’ll see an NRR rating on the packaging. This acronym stands for Noise Reduction Rating. This means that, if you wear a product with an NRR of 29, for example, in accordance with its directions, the noise entering your ears will be reduced by 29 decibels.

Gateway Safety has all of its hearing protection devices independently tested at an accredited third party laboratory. Employers can provide our hearing protection devices with the confidence that Gateway Safety’s Noise Reduction Rating data is as accurate as possible and that this accuracy is verified by non-biased, third party sources.

Choose the right Hearing Protection: Earplugs or Ear Muffs

Gateway Safety Earplugs are designed to achieve greater rates of compliance, because of their comfort and economical purchase price that makes them practical for businesses of all sizes.

Is an ear muff better than an ear plug? Not necessarily. A well-designed earplug can provide hearing protection that compares to or exceeds that of earmuffs at most frequencies. It is more important that the individual device and the user’s compliance with the proper use of that device are evaluated to choose the best hearing protection for the occupational environment.

Choose comfortable ear protection that people want to wear.