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Most of us have used Bluetooth-connected devices in relatively quiet environments: an office, a car and/or at home. But what good is Bluetooth in an extremely noisy location? Can it even be an option?

What is Bluetooth anyway?
According to Wikipedia, Bluetooth® is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz[2]) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs). Invented by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994,[3] it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

Here are 6 important factors showing why Bluetooth enabled Hearing Protection Headsets are must for a job site:

  1. Your employees want and or need to use mobile phones or tablets at the job site
    Mobile devices make people more flexible and therefor more productive. Allowing use on the job site can be a win/win for your business.
  2. You recognize that using a mobile phone in a high-noise environment is a dangerous proposition
    Hearing can be impacted on both ends of the line, situational awareness can be degraded, and even the act of closing off the other ear to hear the person on the other end can lead to unsafe behavior.
  3. You’ve noticed employees removing hearing protection to use their mobile phones.
    Removing hearing protection in a noisy environment dramatically increases the risk of noise exposure, increasing the likelihood of hearing loss
  4. You’ve noticed that employees stop working to find a quiet place to use their cell phones, which impacts productivity
    Ask yourself, how much productivity is lost due to this practice? How much is that costing your business?
  5. You realize that communication with the person at the other end of the line is impacted by using cell phones in high-noise environment, as the background noise makes clear communication difficult
    Technology enabling two-way communication in high-noise environments need to make sure the noise is mitigated for the individuals on the other end of the line as well.
  6. You’ve often wondered if there was another way, but have become used to the status quo, even though it’s not ideal
    Technology has advanced such that mobile devices can be paired with Bluetooth-enabled ear muffs or ear plugs that not only suppress outside noise, but enhance speech…all within certified hearing protection devices.

Bluetooth and mobile devices can be powerful productivity enhancers in noisy industrial settings.

To learn more about noise cancelling Bluetooth® headsets from Sensear, click here.

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