Ear protection is something that has to be taken very seriously in certain professions. Ear protection refers to a device that is used to protect the ear. That protection can come in a variety of forms.

Ear protection includes the protection from the elements such as cold or water, or other environmental conditions such as debris. All of which could adversely affect the workings of the ear.

Another common reason for ear protection is to protect the ear from exposure to loud noises that could impose upon the ability to hear. High levels of exposure to loud noises can result in noise-induced hearing loss and as such steps are taken to ensure both ear and hearing protection. In this instance ear protection will work by reducing or canceling out potentially damaging volume levels.

When it comes to the workplace ear protection should effectively reduce noise exposure to below 85 decibels (dBs) to ensure that it is within safe limits for workers. This can be over the course of an eight-hour shift. Any exposure above this limit could become dangerous to the ears.

Typically speaking ear protection comes in different forms. The most common however are by way of earplugs, headphones or earmuffs that sit over the ear. The type of protection required will depend on the risk the worker is exposed to. Below are three professions that are likely to require the use of ear protection to ensure the safety of workers.

Race Car Drivers

Race car drivers are perhaps some of the most susceptible professionals to noise induced hearing loss, with ambient noise levels being almost similar to that of a jet engine. The noise of this fast-paced, high adrenaline sport can be felt by bystanders alone, let alone the drivers in the thick of the action.

In fact, the noise levels at racetracks can be such that even regular attendees should consider the use of ear protection. For drivers, however, eat protection is essential and they rely on incredibly sophisticated technology that allows them to communicate with their teams yet all the while reducing the exterior ambient noise levels.

Lumberjacks

A lumberjack is responsible for felling trees, cutting them into logs and transporting them onto their next destination. It goes without saying that this is an incredibly dangerous profession that requires considerable levels of protective clothing, of which ear protection is a must.

Lumberjacks use heavy duty chainsaws that have the ability to cut through the thickest trunks, this results in a deafening 120dBs sound output. Of course, the larger the tree the larger and louder the machinery needed to fell it. It stands to reason therefore that ear protection is a legal requirement for lumberjacks.

DJs

Typically, DJs will work in enclosed spaces filling them with lots of loud noises. Think back to the last time you were in a nightclub or music venue; chances are it was hard to hold down a conversation in light of the noise levels. DJs are exposed to this level of sound on a daily basis and for long periods of time, without wearing appropriate ear protection this could lead to noise induced hearing loss.

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