Earmuffs simply a traditional method of “hearing” protection, today’s range of earmuff cope with very wide spectrum of industrial hazards. It is important to study the attenuation characteristic of each model as they do vary in performance across the range of sound frequency
The choice of hearing protectors is a very personal one and depends on a number of factors including level of noise, comfort, and the suitability of the hearing protector for both the worker and his environment. Most importantly, the hearing protector should provide the desired noise reduction. It is best, where protectors must be used, to provide a choice of a number of different types to choose from.
If the noise exposure is intermittent, ear muffs are more desirable, since it may be inconvenient to remove and reinsert earplugs.