There are Basically Two Styles of Communication Headsets to Choose From:
Earplugs - Inserted into the ear canal. They can be pre-molded, moldable/foam, or even custom molded to the wearer’s ear.
Over the Ear - Made with sound-absorbing materials and hard outer shells. Soft ear cushions surround the ear completely. A headband connects the shells.
Each Solution has Benefits and Disadvantages
Take into consideration the benefits and disadvantages of both solutions when deciding which style of communication headset will work best in your work environment.
For example, if you are working an Alaskan oil rig, the ear cushions on the Over the Ear Headset may offer extra warmth to the wearer. This same headset worn on an oil field in Texas may become too warm when worn for an entire workday.
Another thing to consider is the preferences of the wearer; hearing protection that isn’t worn is no protection at all. Be sure to choose a solution that will be comfortable and convenient for use on the job and thought the workday.
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