|Year : 2003 | Volume
| Issue : 18 | Page : 47--55
The role of hearing protectors in leisure noise
Applied Acoustic Design, United Kingdom
Ear muffs and ear plugs are widely used in the workplace to provide hearing protection for employees exposed to high levels of noise. Through an examination of the use of ear protectors in the workplace this paper explores the extent to which these devices can play a similar role in protecting members of the public from hearing damage arising from exposure to high levels of noise from leisure activities.
It is concluded that the major limitation to the effective use of ear protectors for leisure use is likely to be the lack of easily accessible information, advice and guidance on the nature of the hearing protection risk from noisy leisure activities, and on the availability, selection and use of protectors, and of the need for regular hearing checks.
R J Peters
Applied Acousic Design, The Green Business Centre, The Causeway, Middlesex TW18 3AL
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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