One of the major benefits of earplugs is that they can reduce the noise levels reaching your ears, helping to ward off noise-induced hearing loss.
Your hearing can be permanently damaged when you’re exposed to sounds of 85 decibels or above, without hearing protection, for 8 hours or more. That’s equivalent to listening in heavy city traffic for 8 hours.
Okay, so you might not be listening to busy traffic for that long (unless you’re a delivery driver), but the louder the noise, the less exposure you need before it can potentially cause hearing damage.
Take a loud car radio. It’s 91 decibels, and noise at that level can take just 2 hours before causing hearing damage. So if you have a long car journey and have the music cranked up loud, you could be risking your ears.
Or what about bars? They’re typically 94 decibels, and at that level it can take just 1 hour before hearing damage potentially kicks in. So you just need to be out for a couple of drinks before you’re susceptible to hearing damage.
It’s a scary thought. That’s why hearing protection is important in loud environments – it literally reduces the amount of noise that can reach your ears. Earplugs like Loop Experience offer up to 18 decibels of noise reduction, while filtering sound rather than muffling it. So if you’re at a concert, festival or sporting event, you can still enjoy the full experience – just at a lower volume.
Earplugs are also used by many people who work in noisy environments like construction sites and factories, helping them to protect their ear health throughout their shift.