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Best Hearing Protection

Best Hearing Protection

Posted by HearableWorld | March 14, 2019 | Electronic Ear Plugs, QuietOn
Hearing Protection Warning

We live in a day and age where we are more aware about hearing protection than we were even 20 years ago.  However despite that according to the CDC

Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Each year, about 22 millionExternal U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work.

According to the CDC 27% of all agricultural workers, 46% of all manufacturing workers, 51% of all construction workers, 61% of all mining, oil & gas workers have been exposed to hazardous levels of noise that can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.

That’s a lot of hearing loss!

Based on reports some workers choose not to wear hearing protection which means for some their hearing protection is not adequate enough. So what is out there and which one is the best hearing protection money can buy?

Foam Earplugs

foam ear plugs

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: One Time Use, Can Irritate Ear Canal

Conversations: Because they don’t block a lot of noise with yelling you can have a conversation without removing them.

Effectiveness:  Not very effective as doesn’t block all sounds and frequencies

Silicone Earplugs

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: One Time Use, Can Irritate Ear Canal, Can Cause Moisture Buildup

Conversations: Have to be taken out to have a conversation which then causes issues putting them back in repeatedly

Effectiveness:  They tend to create a better seal in the ear so can block loud sounds more effectively


earmuff hearing protection

Pros: Affordable, Various Models to choose from, Can clip on helmets to hold in place

Cons: Heavy, Cause sweating around ears in summer if outdoors or warm environments

Conversations: Easier, have to remove at least one ear and hold way from ear to hold a conversation

Effectiveness:  Effective, they block out the most frequencies and loud noise compared to foam & silicone earplugs

Universal Earplugs

Universal Earplugs

Pros: Reusable, Inexpensive,  Many styles to choose from for best fit

Cons: Unhygienic (reusable and prone to getting dirty), Can cause moisture build up in the ear

Conversations: Need to be removed but because they are reusable they are usually easier to put back in.

Effectiveness:  Like silicon, they can cause a good seal and block out more than foam but less than earmuffs.

Custom Otoplastics

Pros: Reusable, Custom fit for your ears

Cons: Expensive, Purchased through special companies only, If has a speaker will need to have batteries replaced

Conversations: Need to be removed unless you purchase a version from Tympro (featured above) with a built-in speaker for conversations

Effectiveness:  Effective as it is custom fit for your ear, however no real indication of what frequencies and volumes it can protect from.


Pros: Reusable, Varied eartips for best fit, Most Effective

Cons: Expensive, Run on batteries so need to be charged every 50 hours of use

Conversations: No need to remove, the frequency of speech is clearly heard while blocking all other frequencies!

Effectiveness:  Most effective at blocking a large range of frequencies and volumes

So Which Is the Best Hearing Protection For Everyone?

In the world of hearing protection pricing can be deceiving and you do get what you pay for.  The $1 foam earplugs aren’t that effective and can still lead to hearing loss, whereas the $100 earmuffs are more effective but the $229 electronic earplugs are most effective for a few reasons.

  1. The biggest factor is the ability to have conversations without having to remove them.  Conversations are always required in the workplace and to have to remove your hearing protection over and over during the course of the day exposes your ears to hazardous levels of noise that can do damage even in a short period of time. As well, taking out and putting back in traditional earplugs causes discomfort and if your hands are dirty then the risk of ear infections as well.
  2. Their effectiveness and blocking all frequencies and levels of noise so it ensures proper protection of your hearing no matter what industry you work in.  Whether it’s a high frequency from a saw or the low frequency of machinery you are protected.
  3. Comfort is key, they are lightweight, secure and come with a variety of ear tips (foam and silicone) to ensure the best fit and comfort for your ears and aren’t heavy on your head like earmuffs, the next closest in effectiveness.


The average foam earplug cost is $50 for about 200 good quality earplugs.  On average a worker works 210 days or more per year so your cost is $50 for just less than a year, QuietOn Active Noise Cancelling Earplugs will cost you $299 but should also last you more than 2 years.  So if we assume at least 2 years life your cost is only $150 more than what foam earplugs would have cost you over the 2 years.

Want to know more?  Why not read our industry-specific articles.

Click on any one of these: Construction Earplugs, Manufacturing Earplugs, Dentist Earplugs and Industrial Earplugs

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