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Resources for buying hearing Protective Devices ....

Industrial Paramedical Services provides these links to the following companies who sell hearing protective devices like ear plugs and/or ear muffs. Qualified distributors may e-mail or call us to get reciprocal links on this page.

Recommended Suppliers:

All Safety Products Inc.

Our business mission - At All Safety Products, Inc., we believe in going the extra mile to ensure that everything that can be done for you our customer will be done! We don't make an idle boast of being able to save you 15% to 30% on your safety budget if you will allow some time with your safety products purchaser and our customer sales analyst. We constantly strive to provide you our customer with high quality, durable and economical products that meet necessary OSHA requirements and ANSI standards as well as other safety regulations and standards when necessary. Our job is to take care of you, to provide everything you need to keep the workplace safe. It's easy to order online from us at

Click to see their hearing protective devicesAt , safety is our goal. For 20 years, we have provided quality disposable safety products at reasonable prices including disposable ear plugs and ear muffs from the major brand manufacturers. We strive to be a distinctive distributor through excellent customer service and product value. We carry many name brand safety supplies and apparel as well as generically packaged supplies for distributors and resellers. Should there be a specific product you are looking for and don’t see it here, please contact us. We have access to a wide variety of products through our vast vendor contacts. Forestgate, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75243 Phone (972) 792-7524

Northern Safety Co., Inc. - Your source for Safety and Industrial Supplies

We're a national distributor of brand name safety and industrial supplies. We started our business in 1983 in Frankfort, New York. Northern Safety still calls Frankfort home, but today our company has grown to employ more than 175 friendly, knowledgeable, and highly motivated associates. At Northern Safety Inc, quality, value, and service are more than just words. They're what we believe in and how we do business.

As part of our commitment to you, we’re proud to be the distributor of NSŪ Brand Products, including NSŪ Hearing Protection ear plugs and ear muffs meeting OSHA requirement. Our NSŪ Brands are just another way we continue to serve you better by offering top quality products at unbeatable prices.

Beeswax seals out sound & water best !

Made from Purified Beeswax, Sterile Cotton and Lanolin, World's Finest EarPlugs
is easily moldable & forms to the shape of your ear canal each time
as you insert it, giving you a Personal Custom Fit that can be inserted
(softly) to allow in some sound or (firmly) to block it out significantly.
Phone Orders/Questions 1-800-226-1884

Outstanding Features of our * World's Finest * Ear Plug !!! ....
1. Reusable for Years ! You may lose them, BUT YOU'LL NEVER WEAR THEM OUT!!!
2. Rated (NRR 34) Blocks out * MUCH MORE * sound than any other ear plugs
3. Completely Protected with a 'Natural' Protectant. They never need cleaning
4. Seals-out water 100%. Prevents 'Swimmer's Ear' and water born ear infections
5. Especially *Soft & Moldable*, forms to the shape of your ear canal upon insertion
6. The *Softest-Most Comfortable* Ear Plug You'll Ever Wear! *All Day* or *All Night*
7. Made of 'All Natural' sources that nurture the skin & ( not from synthetic ) sources

How To Wear Soft Foam Earplugs! To get the best protection from your soft foam earplugs, remember to roll, pull, and hold when putting them in. Use clean hands to keep from getting dirt and germs into your ears!
Step 1 - Roll



the earplug up into a small, thin "snake" with your fingers. You can use one or both hands.


Step 2 - Pull



the top of your ear up and back with your opposite hand to straighten out your ear canal. The rolled-up earplug should slide right in.
Step 3 - Hold



the earplug in with your finger. Count to 20 or 30 out loud while waiting for the plug to expand and fill the ear canal. Your voice will sound muffled when the plug has made a good seal.

Check the fit when you're all done. Most of the foam body of the earplug should be within the ear canal. Try cupping your hands tightly over your ears. If sounds are much more muffled with your hands in place, the earplug may not be sealing properly. Take the earplug out and try again.

NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Factoids on wearing hearing protective devices in the industrial workspace.

Q: Can you hear warning sounds, such as backup beeps, when wearing hearing protectors?

A: The fact is that there are fatal injuries because people do not hear warning sounds. However, this is usually because the background noise was too high or because the person had severe hearing loss, not because someone was wearing hearing protectors. Using hearing protectors will bring both the noise and the warning sound down equally. So if the warning sound is audible without the hearing protector, it will usually be audible when wearing the hearing protector. For the unusual situations where this is not the case, the solution may be as simple as using a different hearing protector. Also, many warning systems can be adjusted or changed so warning signals are easier to detect.

Q: Won't hearing protectors interfere with our ability to hear important sounds our machinery and equipment make?

A: Hearing protectors will lower the noise level of your equipment; it won't eliminate it. However, some hearing protectors will reduce certain frequencies more than others; so wearing them can make noises sound different. In cases where it's important that the sound just be quieter without any other changes, there are hearing protectors that can provide flat attenuation.

There are also noise-activated hearing protectors that allow normal sounds to pass through the ear and only "turn-on" when the noise reaches hazardous levels. There are even protectors that professional concert musicians use that can lower the sound level while retaining sound fidelity.

Q: Will we be able to hear each other talk when wearing hearing protectors?

A: Some people find they can wear hearing protectors and still understand speech. Others will have trouble hearing speech while wearing hearing protectors. Being able to hear what other people say depends on many things: distance from the speaker, ability to see the speaker's face, general familiarity with the topic, level of background noise, and whether or not one has an existing hearing impairment. In some cases, wearing hearing protectors can make it easier to understand speech.

In other instances, people may be using hearing protectors to keep out too much sound. You may need a protector that reduces the sound enough to be safe without reducing the sound too much to hear speech at a comfortably loud level. For those people who work in noise and must communicate, it may also be necessary to use communication headsets. Allow your employees to try different protectors. Some will work better than others at helping them to hear speech, and different protectors may work better for different people.

Q: How long does it take to get used to hearing protectors?

A: Think about getting a new pair of shoes. Some shoes take no time to get used to. Others - even though they are the right size - can take a while to get used to. Hearing protectors are no different from other safety equipment in terms of getting used to them. But if hearing protectors are the wrong size, or are worn out, they will not be comfortable. Also, workers may need more than one kind of protector at their job. For example, no one would wear golf shoes to go bowling. If hearing protectors are not suitable for the work being done, they probably won't feel comfortable.

Q: How long can someone be in a loud noise before it's hazardous?

A: The degree of hearing hazard is related to both the level of the noise as well as to the duration of the exposure. But this question is like asking how long can people look at the sun without damaging their eyes. The safest thing to do is to ensure workers always protect their ears by wearing hearing protectors anytime they are around loud noise.

Q: How can I tell if a noise situation is too loud?

A: There are two rules: First, if you have to raise your voice to talk to someone who is an arm's length away, then the noise is likely to be hazardous. Second, if your ears are ringing or sounds seem dull or flat after leaving a noisy place, then you probably were expose to hazardous noise. More advice on reducing the workplace noise levels...

Q: How often should your hearing be tested?

A: Anyone regularly exposed to hazardous noise should have an annual hearing test. Also, anyone who notices a change in his/her hearing (or who develops tinnitus) should have his or her ears checked. People who have healthy ears and who are not exposed to hazardous noise should get a hearing test every three years.

OSHA’s Permissible Noise Exposure

90 dB 
92 dB
95 dB
97 dB
100 dB
102 dB
105 dB
110 dB
115 dB
8.0 hours
6.0 hours
4.0 hours
3.0 hours
2.0 hours
1.5 hours
1.0 hours
30 minutes
15 minutes
How to use the NRR  
When the dB(C) noise level is known, you don‘t have to adjust the NRR:
Noise level at ear: dB(C) - NRR =< 90 dB (*)
When the noise level is known in dB(A) the NRR must be reduced by 7 dB:
Noise level at ear: dB(A) - [NRR –7] =< 90 dB (*)
(*) If a threshold shift (hearing damage) exists the noise level at the ear must be 85 dB or less.
Overprotection can be a problem! 
Selecting a high NRR hearing protector for an environment where only good high frequency attenuation is needed, will lead to unnecessary insulation and communications difficulties.
Field Attenuation It has been proven in many studies that hearing protectors are not as effective in the field, as the laboratory numbers indicate. In the laboratory the hearing protectors are used correctly, while in many field situations they are not. Employees are either not trained or motivated to make the effort to use the protectors in a correct way. NIOSH recommends a de-rating of 50-70% for earplugs and 25% for earmuffs.
Is Your Program Working? How do you know if your IPS hearing conservation program is working? The answer is in your annual audiograms. If they do not show any new noise induced hearing damage, your program is working.

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