You do not get used to noise, you gradually lose your hearing…
Every day, millions of people around the world are exposed to noise at work and all the risks this can entail. One in five European workers have to raise their voices to be heard for at least half of the time they are at work and 7% suffer from work-related hearing difficulties. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common reported occupational disease in general but in mining in particular.
Anyone who is exposed to noise is potentially at risk. The higher the noise level, and the longer you are exposed to it, the more risk you have of suffering harm from noise. In manufacturing and mining, 40% of employees experience significant noise levels for more than half of their working time. In the US, according to NIOSH and the CDC, by age 60, 75% of miners suffer from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) due to the exposure to noise. For construction, the proportion is 35% and in many other sectors, including agriculture, transport and communications, the figure is 20%.
Many miners will recognise the following symptoms:
- Difficulty hearing warning signals
- Background noise seems to be louder than the noise in front of you
- Difficulty hearing what someone is saying
- Ringing or buzzing in your ears
- After you leave a noisy area, your hearing may seem dull or muffled
- Tiredness and stress
Unfortunately, once it occurs, there is no cure. You may not even notice that the damage has occurred right away, because it causes no pain and the damage is not visible.
The good news is, Noise Induced Hearing Loss is 100% preventable.
Miners Can Protect Their Hearing with Custom Ear Plugs
Do not wait to experience any of these symptoms before you start protecting your ears. Custom-made earplugs give the best comfort and isolation for extended usage. They are also more cost-effective than all other hearing protectors.
The ACS PRO range from Pacific Ears sets a new standard in hearing protection offering a number of features that create a great experience for the wearer allowing you to listen and perform in comfort and with impeccable clarity. They also make it easy for people to communicate with each other because of the high fidelity filters. The filters reduce the unwanted, damaging noise more than other sounds. In that way miners are still able to hear warning signals, backup alarms, and others.
The PRO filters feature a new smaller footprint so that any size of ear can use a PRO earplug comfortably and discreetly whilst its sheathed outer provides splash-proofing allowing them to be used outdoors or when perspiring. The PRO series also have a vented design that allows sound to escape from the ear canal which reduces the occlusion effect (booming noise in a blocked ear).
Our products are made from medical grade, non-flammable, hypoallergenic silicone. These keep shape after years of service, even with perspiration and in rain.
All our hearing protectors are certified against AS/NZS1270 and/or EN352-2 (European) standards. We even have 2 certified class 5 protectors, the only certified filtered class 5 custom hearing protectors in Australia.
PRO 27 and PRO 31 Custom Hearing Protection (Class 5)
Both the PRO 27 and Pro 31 are a breakthrough in high-noise filtering, giving you an almost flat reduction (around 23 dB for the PRO27 and 28 dB for the PRO31) through the low and mid-range frequencies so that you maintain situation awareness and your ability to communicate, but can still be comfortable in very loud environments. In the higher frequencies both give a sharp jump in protection, offering up to 35 dB where you need it most so you can carry on working or enjoying your passion in safety. With an average attenuation of 27 dB and 31 dB respectively, these certified class 5 earplugs increase your safe exposure time by up to 9 times.
The Next Generation of Filter Design
The PRO filter series has been designed anew with the wearer in mind. For starters, it’s smaller than many competing filters, meaning that it can fit into smaller ears without any protrusion which is great for both comfort and aesthetics because it will always fit snugly underneath a helmet or other head wear. The filters are also removable so you can clean and maintain your ear moulds and your filters – giving you the maximum life and the best value for money from your plugs. In addition, the PRO series are water resistant so they can be used outside or in high moisture environments and can withstand perspiration without it damaging the filter membrane.
The PRO series of filters consist of PRO 10, PRO 15, PRO 17, PRO 20, PRO 26, PRO 27, PRO 31 and PRO Impulse (for impulse noises like gun-shots, explosions etc.)
PRO 27 Communicator
The PRO 27 Communicator gives you the best of both worlds with one of the strongest filters in the PRO series range, giving you complete protection even in the most severe of environments and the same technology that we use in our in-ear monitor allowing you to enjoy high fidelity audio for crisp communications.
The PRO 27 Communicator comes fitted as standard with our own Kevlar reinforced cable for durability and, because it’s moulded from soft silicone, it can be worn comfortably underneath a helmet for extended periods.
The PRO 27 Communicator has been independently tested to conform to the EN352-2 standard for hearing protection so you can be sure that it’s giving you what you need to enjoy your passion or occupation safely.
Please go to our website for more information about Pacific Ears’ full range of ear protection, in-ear monitors and communication products, please visit the website or contact us for an introduction.
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