The Applications Of Hearing Protection Head Phones

 By: Alexander Sutton
There are many uses and applications of hearing protection head phones. With an estimated thirty million Americans losing their hearing each year due to work related noise levels, it is easy to see how important it is for employers to provide not only the hearing loss prevention equipment, but the training associated with it as well. However, hearing loss from high noise levels does not happen only in the work place. Hobbyists who utilize machinery with high decibel levels are also in danger of losing hearing if they are not taking the proper precautions.

Agricultural workers and farm hands are almost constantly exposed to high decibel intensities from equipment such as chain saws, silage blowers, forage harvesters, grain dryers, bailers and tractors. Long term contact with noise levels resulting from these types of equipment without the proper hearing protection headphones has shown to result in hearing loss of farmers, including teenagers. Engines, motors and fans all produce low frequency noise waves. These types of waves are longer and can travel further than other kinds of sound waves. Because of this, they can surpass barriers like foam ear plugs or even brick walls (this is why you can hear bass lines from passing cars or your neighbor's stereo system). This is why for this field it is especially important to apply the use of the proper head gear.

Low frequency noise levels coming from industrial equipment like blowers, generators, vacuums and pumps pose a danger to employees who are exposed to these environments day in and day out. Engineers, tarmac crews and pipeline and power plant workers are just a few employees who utilize hearing protection head phones. High grade professional options are available on the market that not only reduces low frequency noise intensity, but seal out unwanted decibel levels as well.

If you do not work in an industrial environment or out on a farm, there are still activities that produce harming residual noise that you need to protect your hearing from. Simple weekly activities including mowing your lawn pose hearing loss complications and should be approached with prevention in mind. Hobbyists and DIY-ers are also at risk when using machinery like those meant for sanding, beam panels and boring. Band and bench saws, router and banders also pose hearing loss risks. Even though it may not seem like your hobby could cause you harm, it is best to think twice about the dangers high noise levels can cause over time and perhaps invest in a pair of hearing protection head phones.
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