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What to Consider When Purchasing Bluetooth Hearing Protection

In this post I will be I will be covering a few of the basic things you need to consider when purchasing your next set of Bluetooth hearing protection. My aim is to give you a brief overview of each aspect so that you will be better informed. As time goes on I will go into each topic more thoroughly, but for now, this should get you started!

 

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

Obviously, since you’re interested in hearing protection, one of the primary aspects you will need to consider is how much protection they offer. The amount of protection offered has been categorized based on a number of decibels (dB) a particular ear muff/plug can reduce the overall sound entering your ear.

Bluetooth Hearing Protection OSHA Permisseable Sound ExposureThe level of sound protection offered by a particular product must by tested and approved by the American National Standards Institute in accordance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

As you’re researching potential products to purchase, it’s important to remember that the higher the NRR, the more noise reduction there is.

Another factor that will determine the level of NRR protection you will need is the level of noise you are exposed to and the length of time you are exposed to that noise. The chart on the right is a simple way to help you determine the maximum amount of time you should spend under each level of sound volume.

For more detailed information regarding NRR, please read THIS ARTICLE.

 

Battery Life

When considering the battery life of your new set of Bluetooth hearing protection earmuffs, it’s important to consider how long you will need to use them at any given time and how easily it will be for you to charge them.

Generally, the longer the battery life the better, but better batteries cost more money. So, if you’re able to go shorter lengths between charges, then you might be able to get away with a shorter battery life.

 

Bluetooth Range

You also need to think about how far away you will be getting from your Bluetooth source. I’m willing to bet most of you will simply be receiving Bluetooth from your phone in your pocket or in your vehicle. But if for some reason, you aren’t allowed or able to have your phone in close proximity, then you’ll need to make sure your earmuffs have a long enough range.

 

Sound Volume/Quality

As with any type of Bluetooth earmuffs, the noise quality and volume levels will vary based on the brand and quality of that particular style of earmuffs. If you want the highest quality of sound then you’ll have to pay more for the earmuffs, if you’re ok with average sound quality then you’ll pay less.

 

Size & Comfort

Another factor to consider is the size of the earmuffs, both in the muff that covers the ear and the band that sits on your head. If you have particularly big ears or a large head, you’ll need to make sure the earmuffs will fit nicely and cover your ears effectively. Likewise, if you have a small head you’ll need to ensure that the band can compress enough to keep the earmuffs snug on your head.

Also, if you’re like me, you may be wearing these things for many hours at a time…so it’s really important they are comfortable.

 

Durability

Durability is an important factor to consider as well, especially if you’re going to be working in rough or dirty environments. If you’re going to be in or around a lot of dust, you need to make sure your earmuffs will withstand it. If you’re going to be in rainy or wet environments you need to make sure your earmuffs are waterproof…or at least water-resistant.

 

Other Capabilities

Many Bluetooth hearing protection devices come with other features as well, such as, the ability to listen to AM/FM radio. Some also include a microphone so you can talk on the phone while wearing your earmuffs. If these are important capabilities to have then they are something you should definitely be looking out for.

 

Price

The final aspect of your new hearing protection earmuffs you should consider is the price! Or, if you’re like me, the price is the first thing you consider. Obviously, as will everything in a market economy, the price is usually determined by the quality of the product. So, if you’re looking for the highest quality product out there, you should expect to pay a premium price. If you’re simply looking for the cheapest way to get the job done safely, then it won’t be as painful on your pocket book!


There you have it! I hope this page helped you understand some of the factors you need to take into consideration when considering your next pair of Bluetooth hearing protection earmuffs! Have a look around and read some reviews of some of our top recommended sets!

Of course, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me here!

 

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