A Colorado Springs hearing protection unit or device sometimes called an HPD, really is just basically an appliance for ear protection worn either over the ears or on the head, while exposed to loud noise to assist in preventing hearing loss caused by exposure to noise. These protective devices usually fit firmly over one or both ears and are often available with built-in microphones. The microphone provides the amplifier of the noise amplification and usually includes a speaker allowing it to be heard clearly over any background noise.
The amplifier uses a small number of sound waves to reproduce the original sound so that only the listener is aware of its presence. HPDs usually reduce the level of noise entering the inner ear by almost 40%. However, many people who wear hearing protective devices are unaware of this reduction in noise and have not taken the appropriate steps to protect their hearing.
Even the smallest area can house thousands of sounds. Even a car driving past at eighty miles an hour can produce sounds that can damage your hearing permanently. That’s why it’s very important to make sure you protect yourself from these damaging sounds. It is possible to hear sound at up to 85 decibels, but only if you’re within a few yards of the source. This is where an HPD comes in handy.
An HPD is not a “one size fits all” piece of equipment. Different types of Colorado Springs hearing protection work for different types of wearer, depending on a number of factors including the type and location of the ear and the amount of excessive noise. The two types of hearing protection most commonly worn by most individuals, along with many others who aren’t aware of it, are earmuffs and earplugs.
Earplugs work by limiting the amount of ambient sound so that employees or members of a group can maintain a constant working environment without distracting themselves from their work. Poor-fitting earplugs can lead to hearing damage as well as headaches and stress.
There are many factors that influence how well an individual’s hearing protection works. For instance, if the earplugs are not worn properly or if they’re wearing too loosely, the wearer may not notice the reduction in background noise. Hearers who wear a variety of earpieces may also not be able to pinpoint sources of excessive noise so that they can protect their hearing while they work. A good fit is very important when choosing the most appropriate hearing protection for an individual.