Over-exposure to dangerous noise levels at work can lead to hearing loss, some of which can be permanent. Each day we are exposed to varying levels of noise in both the workplace and at home.
Noise levels are measured in decibels (dBA), and prolonged exposure to levels over 85 decibels over an 8 hour period may cause irreparable hearing loss. Understanding your work environment and the different noise levels gives you the best chance of minimising damage.
Below is an image showing common noise levels in both the workplace and at home
Once you have identified the noise level present, it is important to find a hearing solution to match. There are a number of hearing protection Classes, dependent on the noise level present:
Class 5: 105 < 110dBA
Class 4: 100 < 105dBA
Class 3: 95 < 100dBA
Class 2: 90 < 95dBA
Class 1: 85 < 90dBA
Now that you have identified the hearing Class required, it's time to find your ideal hearing solution!