Frequently Asked Questions
we lose our hearing as we age?
|Can you poke out your eardrums
work in a dusty, dirty place. Should I worry that our ears will
get infected by using earplugs?
|Can you hear warning sounds,
such as backup beeps, when wearing hearing protectors?
hearing protectors interfere with our ability to hear important
sounds our machinery and equipment make?
|What is a Single Number Rating
happens to the protection level when
hearing protectors are removed for short periods of time?
Ear protectors must be used ALL THE TIME to get full benefit.
|Will we be able to hear each
other talk when wearing hearing protectors?
long does it take to get used to hearing protectors?
|How do I select and use hearing
Comfort—so you’ll wear them
* Consistency—use them every time, all the time, in
do I insert an earplug?
1. Grab the tongue of the ear plug between the thumb
2. Pull up and away on the top of your ear with the opposite hand to
open the ear
3. Gently push and twist the ear plug into the ear until it sits
comfortably in the ear while forming seal with the ear canal.
4. See instructions "How to insert the earplugs"
How long can someone be in a loud noise before it's hazardous?
do I clean the ear plugs and how often?
|There are two ear tip sizes,
which one should I use?
can I tell if the noise is too loud?
|How often should my hearing be
I already have hearing loss and wear a hearing aid, hearing
prevention programs don't apply to me, right?
|Where can I get information
in my ears?
|Questions and answers were complied from
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and