Mrs. Fixit: Hearing Protection

February 23, 2008 1:55:54 AM PST
Safety is of the uptmost concern with household projects. But, think beyond the safety glasses and gloves and don't forget to protect your hearing.

There are several options for hearing protection depending on the amount of noise that you're subjected to and how often it happens.

These earmuff type protectors cover your whole ear and reduce and reduce the noise level by about 16 to 20 decibels. They are nice if you have to take on and off your protection throughout a project. On the down side, they may be uncomfortable to wear with safety glasses.

Another choice is a headband type protector with a small ear canal cap on the end. These work well with safety glasses and are easy to take on and off. These reduce noice levels by about 25 decibels.

Another option: moldable foam, you squish these down, insert them in your ears and then the foam expands forming a nice snug fit to keep sound out.

This choice is the most comfortable to wear and keeps out themost noice, about 30 decibels. This option isn't the best if you remove them a lot.

There you have it, three good choices to protect your hearing. And remember, it's not just the workshop you need hearing protection. They come in handy with a child who loves the drums, or a snoring spouse! I'm Mrs. Fixit and its just that simple!