13 Jun 2019

Communication and Hearing Protection

Communication & Hearing Protection

Protecting the hearing of workers by blocking out noise is only part of the challenge for industrial business owners. Of course the elimination of ALL noise is rarely the most appropriate answer. More often than not it is important that factory operatives and other industrial workers can hear their fellow workers and communicate effectively with them during their shifts. It is also often imperative that they are able to hear warning signals and alerts in and around their working environment. These kinds of challenges vary from sector to sector and site to site in industry.

Hearing Protection Challenges

For example – ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres. ATEX safety equipment has been approved for explosive environments – i.e. areas that contain combustible dusts, flammable gases or vapours. ProtectHear® offers a range of products, branded SpeakHear®, that solve these kinds of challenges, including  a range of ATEX approved accessories to accommodate customers that need to comply with these safety regulations.

The SpeakHear® Range of Communication Accessories

There is a full range of SpeakHear® communication accessories on offer for ProtectHear® custom moulded, vented ear plugs.  The SpeakHear® range is compatible with well-known brands of industrial communication equipment such as Motorola, Hytera, Kenwood, Icom, Maxon, Simoco, Hytera, Yaseu and many more.  SpeakHear® systems offer communication options for listen only, two-way systems or boom mic systems, with noise cancelling technology, and some are connectable to mobile and DECT phones (Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology Phones).

Many Advantages for Factories & Other Industrial Sites

The SpeakHear® range offers many great advantages, i.e. wearers can have full communication with colleagues despite wearing a pair of ear plugs. There are options that will allow them to hear conversations, warnings and alarms. They can also communicate with colleagues over radio or phone, whilst being fully protected.

If ProtectHear® hasn’t got your communication accessory in stock they will source them for you, subject to certain conditions. If the communication accessory required is outside of your budget ProtectHear® can offer a wide range of alternative comms solutions to accommodate your needs.

Try Before You Buy

You can trial ProtectHear earplugs for an 8 week period within your organisation’s unique environment, for up to 10 people. You may be able to include the comms as part of the trial too.

Would you like to know more?

The ProtectHear specialist team can provide you with information and best advice on a wide range of comms accessories, as well as their custom moulded ear plugs.  Contact us now via on online form, or by calling 01507 604322 for more information or to book an appointment. 

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30 Nov 2016

Custom ear plugs take to the track – Renault Formula One

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Did you know that the Renault F1 team use custom ear plugs? As they are working on the track the team need to hear conversation whilst being protected. With cockpit noise often topping a whopping 130 decibels (dB) custom hearing protection is perfect for this. Allowing them to keep their earplugs in whilst hearing important and often critical instructions. Disposables in this type of environment would have to be removed constantly, and the team wouldn’t be able to communicate properly with this type of protection.

Hearing protection is a big deal in Formula One, from the track team, spectators to the drivers themselves. In an interview in The Daily Mail in 2006 Sterling Moss talked publicly about his battle with hearing loss due to the sport, he said: “I used to stuff my ears with cotton wool to muffle the sound and make me more comfortable. But after every race, I’d have a sound like a rushing waterfall in my ears. It went on for days, an annoying noise in the background. Then you’d be on to the next race. After a while, the noise just never went and it remained always in the background. I know now this was tinnitus, a warning sign that my hearing was being damaged.”

As standard, the hearing protection currently provided most to Formula One drivers is that of custom ear plugs with built-in speakers and the Renault crew have clearly been given this treatment. Two scientists from the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Hazard said a while back that the whole crew should also be offered this kind of protection and that awareness should be brought to spectators too.

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Fingers in ears, or custom ear plugs that also enable you to hear what you need!

SpeakHear® Communications

Radio Accessories such as SpeakHear® are also important for Formula One teams to communicate; with custom ear plugs clients can be connected to radios. This allows communication to each other, without the need to remove the earplug – the protection is very much like ear defenders, but offers an advanced way of staying protected, whilst being able to hear surroundings.

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13 Jun 2016

Custom Earplugs – What’s the benefit?

Custom Earplugs – Points to Consider…

Custom earplugs are an alternative to ear defenders and disposables, with a very distinct difference. They are individually suited to each user, moulded to your ear shape which provides you with protection as well other long term benefits.

The HSE’s View on Custom Earplugs

custom earplugsA market survelliance report was carried out by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) to find the benefits and drawbacks of custom earplugs. They compared five models, and we were model C in the testing – ProtectHear® proved to be the most user friendly out of all five – read the report.

It has been proved in the main findings of real world use and performance of hearing protection that only 60% of people that are using hearing protection are actually fully protected. This is why it is very important to implement appropriate products or educate people so that employees (and employers!) are fully protected.

Being fitted for a custom product is a quick and simple process that takes five minutes. Our fully qualified team members take an impression of each individuals ear shape, which offers guaranteed protection to a safe attenuated level. Manufactured with a soft silicone our product allows the user to wear the product all day with no discomfort, they are washable and come with their own carry case. over five years the product offers significant savings compared to disposable earplugs. To find our more please contact us.

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11 Dec 2015

Custom made ear plugs being used in William Hare

Custom made ear plugs

Custom made ear plugs are used in William Hare who are a leading player in the steel industry. Around the world clients trust them for the provision of superior steel framework solutions in various industries. They are experts in oil & gas, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, power, nuclear, civil, bridgework, airport and more.

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Listen to the Testimonial

Jean Collison, who works in Health and Safety for the company said: “After undertaking a very successful trial in 2007 we selected ProtectHear® custom ear plugs for our hearing protection. Employees at all levels use the product, both in the facilities and on-site”. William Hare took our ‘Try Before you Buy’ offer, where you can trial up to 10 people over an 8 week period, to seek the benefits.

“The product protects from factory noise but enables workers to still hear warning bells, which is critical. Although background noise is reduced, speech can still be heard, which is extremely useful.” ProtectHear® filters allow noise to pass through the ear plug at a safe level, with the user not being under or over protected. This makes ProtectHear® a very good product for communication.

“Employees really like them as they are comfortable and perform well. Our staff appreciate the product being more personal and better quality compared to disposables.” Not only are ProtectHear® ear plugs a better quality, they also save you money. Lasting for a 5 year period this brings significant cost savings.

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“Working with ProtectHear® is a really good experience. Everything is organised well and any questions are answered straight away.  They also go the extra mile by helping us promote a sensible health and safety culture internally; they have been involved in some very helpful toolbox talks. Which clearly state the benefits of the product to our employees when it comes to hearing protection”.

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04 Jun 2015

Ear Protection hits the mark at the SHE Health and Safety Show 2015

Another year of the SHE Show has begun with the 2015 line-up kicking off in Milton Keynes with a very well organised and highly supported exhibition.  Read more about what happened here.

A little more “personal” in size, this event boasts a range of diverse exhibitors showcasing their products to the Safety, Health and Environment professional in a lively, bright and very well organised venue and as always with the SHE Show, it didn’t disappoint!

ProtectHear® were proud to exhibit our ear protection on stand 8 alongside thirty other companies, many showcasing a range of products that boasted innovative design and brought a new dimension to the way we all approach Health and Safety.

Following a busy event with visitors attending from all over the UK, ProtectHear® are looking forward to exhibiting at the next event in this year’s calendar from the Washingtondowling stable – The SHE Show Blackpool – #SHEshowNW – Come and see us there, get some ear protection samples and find out why this small exhibition is so well supported!!

Find out more about how ProtectHear® ear protection is a genuine alternative to disposable earplugs.

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02 Jun 2015

Our Custom Earplugs at Railtex 2015

Held at Birmingham’s NEC, this year’s Railtex event was billed to be one of the highlights of 2015 in the rail calendar…and let me tell you it did not disappoint!

It was an exhibition packed with stands, displaying innovative products and cutting edge design solutions for all things Rail. With over 460 exhibitors and keynote speeches from industry leaders and suppliers, the event, held over 3 days, was a resounding success.

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ProtectHear® were very proud to be part of the Rail Alliance Hub on stand B40, exhibiting our custom earplugs alongside companies such as Sapa Profiles UK, Anderton Concrete Products and Railweight who showcased their products to the movers and shakers of the Rail Industry.

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With a huge foot-fall of people visiting the exhibition from all over the world, the event once again was a resounding success for ProtectHear® and gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the attributes and benefits of our unique custom earplugs and leading edge hearing protection solutions to a wider audience, opening new and exciting doors for us…it’s looking like a great year ahead for ProtectHear®!!!

Read more about how ProtectHear® custom earplugs can save money and offer comfort and protection.

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