Hearing protection devices (HPDs) come in a variety of shapes, styles, sizes, materials, and noise reduction capabilities. With all of these choices, it can be difficult to decide which HPDs are best for your workers. Some safety managers mistakenly select a hearing protector based exclusively on the product’s Noise Reduction Rating. Although the NRR must be sufficient to protect against workplace noise exposures, research shows that additional factors, such as the ability to communicate, convenience, comfort, and compatibility with other personal protective equipment, are more important to predicting ultimate success.
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