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Hearing Protection Guide

Disposable Ear Plugs  bell

  • Made of dense foam
  • May come joined by cord to prevent loss
  • Lightweight, comfortable, easy to fit

Using Disposable Ear Plugs

  • Wash hands
  • Roll and compress ear plug into a point
  • Reach over head and pull ear up and back
  • Insert plug into ear and hold in place until it expands

Care of Disposable Ear Plugs

  • Discard if foam doesn't expand to fill ear canal
  • Discard if dirty or after each use

Reusable Ear Plugs    earPlug                                                     

  • Made of flexible rubber or silicone
  • May come joined by cord to prevent loss or as headband
  • Easy to put in and take out many times a day

Using Reusable Ear Plugs

  • Wash hands
  • Reach over head and pull ear up and back
  • Insert plug into ear
  • For headband: gently pull apart, release plugs into ears

Care of Reusable Ear Plugs

  • Wash plugs in soap and water
  • Discard if torn or warped or if headband breaks

Muffs    earMuff                                                                                   

  • Cushions filled with foam or liquid
  • May come attached to a hard hat
  • Difficult to wear with glasses or over hair that covers ears

Using Muffs

  • Push hair away from ears
  • Place cushions over ears
  • Press cushions to create a seal around ears
  • Wear headband over top of head, not around neck

Care of Muffs

  • Wipe cushions clean with damp cloth and soap
  • Don't modify headband or cushions
  • Replace cushions if torn, replace headband if bent

For detailed information in hearing protection and to assess if a job function requires such protection please contact the office of Environmental Health & Safety for assistance.