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Fit checking hearing protection

How does fit checking minimize the risk of hearing loss claims and help workers properly use hearing protection products? Traditionally, the verification of how well an ear protector (muff or plugs) attenuates has been conducted under laboratory standards that resulted in reporting a noise reduction rating. The resulting NRR score simply implied the expected attenuation when the product was properly installed at the time of use. Eventually, it was recognized that numerous end users weren’t achieving these values for a …

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Shooters should do their research when choosing molded ear protection

Reprinted from Trap and Field Magazine Some joke that it’s easy to spot a trapshooter by how often he or she says “huh?” during a conversation, but hearing loss is no laughing matter. Many healthcare professionals believe that over a period of time, sounds louder than 90 decibels can permanently damage hearing. The average gun blast exceeds 140 decibels. Many vendors at the Grand addressed the importance of ear protection for shooters. “Once your hearing is gone, it’s gone. You …

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New Regulations for Better Hearing at a Lower Cost–TrapShootingUSA

Good hearing is essential to enjoying the shooting sports for both safety and situational awareness. Clinical hearing loss is increasing and occurring at younger ages according to Garry G. Gordon, Audiologist with over 35 years of experience and CEO of E.A.R., Inc. New Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations have defined a new class of product, the Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP). While hearing aids are defined as medical devices and require a visit to a licensed dispensing audiologist, hearing …

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New Regulations for Better Hearing at a Lower Cost by Garry Gordon EAR Custom Hearing

Solving hearing protection problems

What is “acoustical confusion,” and what are some solutions to this problem? Responding is Garry G. Gordon, audiologist, and CEO, E.A.R. Inc., Boulder, CO. I’m sure most people have experienced environmental situations in which their ability to communicate was hindered. Such places include restaurants, concerts, movies, meetings, work assignments and even home environments. Should one have mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, life predictably becomes more complicated and usually begins with denial, followed by withdrawal. Have you ever had your spouse …

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How Hearing Loss Happens Ear Diagram

Trends in … hearing protection

‘We don’t realize we have hearing loss until it is too late’ E.A.R. INC. HEARING PROTECTION RADIANS INC. About 22 million people are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work every year, according to OSHA. “Loud noise can create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication and concentration, and contribute to workplace accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals,” the agency states, adding that noise-induced hearing loss can impair a person’s ability to understand speech and …

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Situational hearing awareness at work

Can you tell me more about hearing protection products that help provide situational awareness at work? November 26, 2017 Responding is Garry G. Gordon, CEO, audiologist, E.A.R. Inc., Boulder, CO. With my more than 35 years’ experience working with industrial, recreational, law enforcement, music, and military accounts, it has been interesting to witness how hearing protection often is selected and assigned. We all know the ramifications of excessive noise exposure, but in many cases, the selection of hearing protection is not …

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Letters: Hearing Aids and Wines

Published on February 27, 2018 Letters | March 2018 Hearing Review Dear Editor: We have read with interest the diverse articles in The Hearing Review that have looked at a range of issues and viewpoints concerning over-the-counter (OTC) and direct-to-consumer (DTC) hearing aids.1-10 After enjoying the holidays, the first author (GG) recalled an interesting conversation at a social event. We think this may sound familiar to you. One of the guests knew Garry was an audiologist and told him that he had recently been …

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Waterproof Custom Electronics

Boulder, CO (July 24th, 2015) Excess moisture has long been the number one cause of damage to the electronic hearing protection and/or hearing aids. E.A.R. Inc.’s new WATERPROOF/RESILIENT series of custom-fit electronic earplugs have been specifically designed to meet or exceed the acoustical needs of both hunters and shooters. All earplugs are 100% DIGITAL and automatically reduce damaging sounds that exceed 85 dB such as gunfire while amplifying quiet sounds and ensuring 360-degree situational awareness. There are 12 color choices of …

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Waterproof Electronic Earplugs

When activated, SHOTHUNT™ electronic earplugs provide two different functions at the same time: The digital protective function will automatically and drastically suppress all noises and sounds above an 85dB safety threshold – either sharp and brief, like a gunshot, or very long, like the noise of working heavy machinery. The corrective function will enhance all noises and sounds under the safety threshold, providing a +20dB level without altering natural hearing. SHOTHUNT™ electronic earplugs will easily adapt to the shape of …

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Shothunt Hunting Hearing Protection from EAR Customized Hearing