New White Paper Examines Hybrid Push-In Style Ear Plug, Factors That Contribute to Proper Fit and Long-Term Comfort

New White Paper Examines Hybrid Push-In Style Ear Plug, Factors That Contribute to Proper Fit and Long-Term Comfort

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We have a new free, white paper that's written to help Hearing Conservation and occupational safety professionals better understand the hybrid push-in style of ear plugs that combine the use of foam for comfort with an insertion stem for ease-of-use.

 
It's called, “Hybrid Push-In Style Earplugs: Factors That Contribute to a Proper Fit and Long-Term Comfort,” and we're making the white paper available for free download at: http://www.hearforever.org/hybridearplug.
 
Hearing Conservation experts realize that most foam ear plug users do not properly fit their ear plugs and often compromise hearing protection for personal comfort. Foam is an excellent attenuator and provides maximum comfort over long periods of time – but foam ear plugs are not always easy for users to properly fit, due to the need for users to “roll-down” the edges during insertion and the material’s variability in expansion.
 
Hybrid push-in style ear plugs combine foam with an insertion aid, such as a stem, to eliminate the need for roll-down and provide a quicker and easier fit.
 
Our white paper discusses benefits of the hybrid style in terms of fit, use, comfort, and hearing protection. In it, we analyze several models of hybrid ear plugs in terms of material and stem composition and design – as well as Foam to Stem Ratio (FSR) which, if too low in foam, can significantly decrease personal in-ear comfort. Using VeriPRO®, an ear plug fit testing system from Howard Leight®, we also detail the levels of attenuation (protection from hazardous noise) and variability of fit that untrained users were able to achieve with a variety of hybrid and roll-down foam ear plug models.
 
The bottom line? We find that a hybrid-style ear plug, “with its high foam content, enhanced wear time characteristics, and flexible, low-profile collapsible stem for insertion, can provide an ideal solution for those who seek a push-in style ear plug that is quick to insert, and maximizes overall fit and comfort.”
 
Download our new white paper, “Hybrid Push-In Style Earplugs: Factors That Contribute to a Proper Fit and Long-Term Comfort,” at: http://www.hearforever.org/hybridearplug.
 
Give it a read. We hope you find it helpful. And afterwards, please share with us what you think.
Blog Author:  Renee S. Bessette  
Blog Catagories:  HearForever  

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