Why Do I Need to Protect My Hearing

The world around us is noisy! It is often more noisy than we know of. People's tolerance for loud noises varies, and often we acclimatise to loud noises. Loud noises range from children screaming, vehicles braking, gym or dance class music, concerts, night clubs and power tools. All can contribute the development of permanent irreversible hearing loss. Hearing loss usually develops very slowly, but once it's gone it doesn't come back. Tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss. Hearing loss has wide range of physical and psychological impacts on our quality of life, but there are steps we can take to protect our precious hearing.

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How to Manage Noise - WorkSafe

The New Zealand Government Worksafe Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa (formally Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)) website provides information regarding noise safety, especially in workplaces. Click HERE for more information.

Types of Hearing Protection

There is a wide range of hearing protectors including Earplugs, Earmuffs, Communications Earmuffs and Earmuff/Helmet Combinations, available on the markets today. There are five classes based on the level for performances. Detail on the classified hearing protectors can be downloaded from WorkSafe HERE.

Earmuffs, communication earmuffs and earmuff/hemet combinations can be purchased from various building equipment outlets. Be sure to check grading and certification on them before you purchase.

Non Custom Earplugs and Custom Earplugs

There are two main types of earplugs.

Non custom earplugs such as foam or silicon hearing plugs that are available at the chemists and other hardware retail shops.

Custom earplugs. These require ear impressions to be taken, for the earplugs to be made exactly to the shape and size of your ears. Custom earplugs include solid earplugs, filtered earplugs, custom communication earplugs, swim plugs and sleep plugs.

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Musician Filter Earplugs

Musician earplugs with different level of filters for different instruments and use. They are an essential part of every musician's kit because healthy hearing is especially important for musicians. Get your earplugs made to protect your precious hearing.

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