HearingProTech

Advantages and disadvantages

Synoptic table of advantages and disadvantages of each type of personal hearing protector

HPDAdvantagesDisadvantages
Ear muffs Intermittent use Problems related to comfort (heat, pressure, etc.)
Reduced losses
Simple setup Reduced efficiency in case of glasses, long hair, beard, skull morphology, etc.
Ideal in case of infections or ear surgery
Increased attenuation Low compatibility with other PPE
Customized earplugs Easy setup Regular maintenance
Comfort Requires impressions to be taken by a professional
Lifetime
Good fit Not suitable for infected ears
Hygiene (no handling of the portion inserted into the ear canal when the hearing protector is equipped with a handle)
Good compatibility with other PPE High initial investment
High wearing rate
Earplugs to be molded Low investment Hygiene problems during shaping if hands are not clean
More suitable fit than preformed earplugs Risk of itching
Systematic replacement
Not suitable for infected ears
Good compatibility with other PPE Instructions for set up must be strictly followed
Setting up is complex or impossible for the morphology of some ears
No maintenance required Significant production cost over a long term
Preformed earplugs Hygiene (no handling of the portion inserted into the ear canal when the hearing protector is equipped with a handle) Regular maintenance
Not suitable for infected ears
Low investment Risk of itching
Washable and reusable Instructions for set up must be strictly followed
Good compatibility with other PPE The diameter must be adapted to the size of the ear canal
Reduced effectiveness for ear canals with excess hair

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