Let’s face it. Most safety headsets aren’t exactly treated gently. They get tossed around. They’re used 8, 10, 12 hours a day—or more. They get dirty, dusty, and grimy. In some cases, they might even be subject to extreme temperatures. They really take a beating, so it’s no wonder that they need to be replaced every so often.

So, How Can I Extend the Life of My Hearing Protection Device?

You don’t want to replace your safety headset too frequently, so a small amount of maintenance can go a long way. That being said, different scenarios require different types and levels of upkeep, but there are some general best practices for keeping your safety headset in good condition.

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What challenges are safety managers most concerned with? 

This is a question on everyone’s mind. A poll on the top challenges for 291 safety conducted by SafetyNewsAlert.com listed six main areas of concern. These ranged from “getting senior  management to buy into safety” (19.2% listed as the top challenge) to “keeping safety costs in check” (8.0%).

One of the most interesting concerns ended up being noted as the biggest challenge to one in three safety managers: “employees.” The post then adds “safety training” (13.6%) to that number, resulting in the conclusion that about half the safety managers polled feel that combined, this is the biggest challenge. 

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According to OSHA, around 30 million American workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise every year. This staggering number—and the OSHA standards that result from this data—mean that employers across the country are exploring ways in which to reduce and eliminate this hazard. 

In a recent article in the Safety and Health Magazine, there are a number of trends to keep an eye on this year, including education, the need for better fitting devices, and electronic hearing protection systems “that permit situational awareness”. 

In choosing an intrinsically safe headset for your safety program, it is critical that you provide education to workers using the device. An improper fit will result in reduced efficacy—or worse—misuse of the product entirely.

In an effort to help you choose an appropriate solution for your environment, we have compiled the top ten factors you should consider when selecting a Bluetooth headset.

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Hearing Protection Rating and OSHA Standards

We’re all aware that noisy workplaces are subject to regular audits and inspection by various agencies that seek to ensure employees are provided with appropriate protection from hazardous environments. In the case of noise hazards, the intention is to remove any likelihood that workers’ hearing will be negatively impacted. OSHA sets the standards that your organization must meet to ensure compliance with noise levels that have been determined to be safe. To provide the best solution for your workers, the challenge you face is threefold:

  • How to understand OSHA’s standards;
  • How to use OSHA’s estimates;
  • And, how to use this information to implement the most appropriate processes and HPD (hearing protection devices) for your environment.
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For nearly 40 years, the International Wireless Communications Expo has been THE event for communications technology.

Boasting more than 7,000 communications professionals, 350+ providers and vendors, and nearly 100,000 square feet of the latest communication technology, the IWCE is the perfect place to learn about the latest industry trends, as well as announce the newest technologies—like our latest solutions: the smartPlug, featuring an innovative ground-up design; including 82dB noise-limited in-ear and in-ear voice pick up, and our IS–SDP, featuring an outstanding 31 dB NRR rating.

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Companies in the oil and gas industries operate in environments that carry inescapable hazards. Oil and gas extraction involves large, powerful machinery often operating in inaccessible areas such assubterranean mines or deep-water sites. The sound levels in these environments commonly require the use of hearing protection, and the air may fill with combustible fumes or dust. This combination of hazards requires specialized technology for workers to perform safely. One such technology is the hand-held tablet. 

Tablets provide low-cost computing power that’s light enough to be carried in the field by any worker. The versatility of tablet systems allows a wider array of work to be done on the fly, and provides a secondary channel of communications on the ground. They can be used with cloud services to protect against data loss, and while it’s true they can be damaged, so can the technology that they are replacing— which often consists of pen and paper.

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Sensear – Year in Review

As a global leader in developing and manufacturing best-in-class digital communications headsets, Sensear continues to be proactive to the needs of our customers, both existing and prospective. 

To provide the quality and effective protection and communications functionality we’re committed to, we remain focused on our SENS (speech enhancement, noise suppression) technology and our “three circles” approach to our product offerings:

  • Hearing Protection – limiting output in the ear to 82dB

  • Total Communication – Face-to-face, two-way radio, Bluetooth cell phones, and short range. Integration with a variety of communications devices with Sensear headsets.

  • Situational awareness – 360 degree directional awareness of your surroundings
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There’s no question that the mining industry is filled with high-noise environments that require hearing protection devices (HPDs) in order for workers to perform safely. But when traditional HPDs interfere with worker communication, the devices are often removed so that workers can talk to one another, exposing them to the risk of hearing loss the HPDs were intended to prevent. 

This risk may be best summed up by the CDC, which features a paper on its website from the Noise Control Engineering Journal that states:

"[M]iners frequently complain of reduced audibility or confusion about identifying spoken words when wearing conventional hearing protectors. This leads to an increased risk of miners being struck by moving equipment or errors in communication with co-workers. Miners will often remove their hearing protectors to overcome these obstacles.”

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In the modern workplace, it’s common knowledge that workers must wear hearing protection when in high noise environments. What is less understood is that traditional hearing protection devices can often expose workers to other, more immediate risks. 


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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.

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