People working in many industries, including construction, industrial, mining, manufacturing and agriculture are regularly exposed to loud noises on the job.
Unfortunately, many people disregard noise and the importance of its impact on hearing. Regular exposure to noise at a level of 85 decibels and above can lead to hearing loss. According to Safe Work Australia, about 28 to 32% of Australians work in environments where they are exposed to loud noises at work. Noise-induced hearing loss or hearing damage arising from work-related environments is a common irreversible condition that affects many Australian workers.
The good news is hearing loss caused by loud noises at work is preventable with the correct use of protective Earmuffs. Adjusting or reducing exposure to noise by wearing the right type Earmuffs can help minimise hazardous noise and prevent hearing damage.
All Earmuffs supplied by Eye Protect meet or exceed Australian Safety Standards. In particular all Earmuffs meet or exceed Australian Safety Standard AS/NZS 1270:2002, the standard that specifies the requirements for the design, materials, and performance of conventional hearing protectors.
At Eye Protect, we supply safety Earmuffs, Earplugs and Hearing Protection to businesses of all sizes from individuals, contractors & SMEs to Australia’s largest companies with 1000’s of employees. We can supply Earmuffs in various quantities and offer bulk discounts for larger orders. For bulk orders, just call or email us using the Contact Us webform and our team can provide a custom quotation.
We can assist in the selection of the correct Hearing Protection according to your industry and work environment and can provide consulting services as required. We also offer a free trial program for employers with more than 20 employees to test different models prior to larger orders.
If you have any questions, need a hand in selecting the right Earmuffs or want to find out more about our consulting services, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Earmuffs comprise of a plastic or metal headband designed to fit over the top or back of the head with a cushion or cup at each end, covering the external ears. The cups of protective Earmuffs are lined with sound-deadening material such as acoustic foam. This material increases air resistance, thus absorbing and reducing the amplitude of sound waves.
The Australian Standard AS/NZS 1270:2002 sets Hearing Protection and testing standards. It provides five classes for Hearing Protection, from Classes 1 to 5. Class 1 protection indicates the minimum or lowest level of protection, whilst Class 5 provides the highest level of Hearing Protection.
This noise protection class system is based on the Sound Level Conversion (SLC80) rating. This rating represents the difference between the environment sound level where the Earmuffs are worn and the sound level that actually reaches the wearer’s ears. This value is then converted to a recommended noise range. The classes provide employers and workers an easy and convenient way to choose the right safety Earmuffs appropriate for their sound level exposure.
The highest decibel reduction Earmuffs belong to the Class 5 category.
Earmuffs come in a variety of different types with varying features. The following are the main types of Earmuffs used in Australia and around the World:
In finding the best Earmuffs for Hearing Protection, there are four essential criteria to consider:
Eye Protect’s range of Earmuffs features the best Earmuffs from top brands that tick all the right boxes. Choose from our range of Hearing Protection Earmuffs, including the highest decibel reduction Earmuffs available.
When it comes to performance and durability, it’s essential to take the age and physical condition of Earmuffs into consideration. Earmuff parts or components, such as the headband, can get worn and lose tension, impacting their ability to fit the wearer correctly and thereby affecting device performance. Physical deterioration can also lead to openings or breaches in the material and impact attenuation levels.
To ensure Earmuffs are performing optimally, regular inspection for wear and tear, including any changes in firmness and shape, is advised.