How do I use earplugs?
Getting used to wearing earplugs takes a little time, start with a set amount of time then increase your use until you are able to wear them as long as you like.
How do I know which earplug is for the right or left ear?
The left earplug is marked by a Blue marking. The Red marking indicates the right ear.
How long will the earplugs last?
This material does shrink and discolour over time. We have found that the general lifespan ofearplugs that are worn on a daily basis is about 2-3 years. If you only wear the plugs occasionally, they should last between 3-5 years.
How do I clean the earplugs?
Generally speaking, the earplugs should be wiped with a soft dry cloth (a tissue is perfect) after they have been used. Store them in the box that they came in. If you do this often enough, very little maintenance is required. If the earplugs are not cleaned or stored correctly they will degrade more quickly.
Don’t your ears toughen up with prolonged exposure to loud noises?
No, many people may think that they are used to loud noises because they have been aroundthem regularly. The more likely explanation is that you have damaged your hearing which cannot be reversed, however further injury can be avoided.
How do I know if I need hearing protection in a particular situation?
It depends on the level of sound and the amount of time you are exposed to it. For example, asound that it loud enough that you have to shout to be heard over it would be loud enough todamage your hearing with prolonged exposure. The louder the sounds, the quicker they willdamage your hearing. If a sound makes you feel that your hearing has dulled slightly or hasmade your ears ring, then it is very likely that permanent damage has occurred.
What are the advantages of custom fitted earplugs?
Because they are made to match the exact shape of your ear canal, they are more comfortableto wear which means you are more likely to wear them. This custom fit also means that soundis not able to leak through so you are receiving superior protection.
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