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OSHA Standard CFR 1910.95 (i)(3) - Employees shall be given the opportunity to select their hearing protectors from a variety of suitable hearing protectors provided by the employer.Click here to take a short quiz on Hearing ProtectionStop irreversible damage from noise pollution before it starts with our wide variety of hearing protection earplugs, head bands and ear muffs.

Scroll down to the bottom of your page to learn more about Noise Reduction Ratings ( NRRs).

Types of Hearing Protection

  • Disposable - An economical and convenient choice for work situations that demand a high degree of comfort, frequent changes, or where hygiene presents a problem for use.
  • Reusable - Ideal for environments where workers can retain and store earplugs for reuse over time, reducing waste and saving money.
  • Banded - Ideal for workers who are intermittently exposed to noise and/or frequently remove their earplugs, the band design allows for easy removal and insertion of plugs.
  • Metal Detectable - Certain industries, including Food & Beverage Processing, require earplugs with visual and/or metal detectability features to prevent process contamination.
  • Corded - In many environments, workers need to remove their earplugs during the course of a day's work. We offer a wide selection of products with cords that make removing and refitting more convenient, and reduce lost earplugs.

    How to use earplugs properly

    • Read and follow all earplug fitting instructions. If either or both earplugs do not seem to be fitted properly, remove the earplug and reinsert.
    • To safely remove earplug, gently twist while slowly pulling in an outward motion.
    • Inspect earplugs prior to wear for dirt, damage or hardness. Discard immediately if compressed.
    • For proper hygiene, discard disposable/single use earplugs after use.
    • With proper maintenance, reusable earplugs can last for two - four weeks; clean with mild soap and water and store in case while not being used.
    • Clean and replace pods on banded earplugs regularly.

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Airsoft™ Reusable Earplugs (100 Pair/Box) Airsoft™ Reusable Earplugs With Cord (100 Pair/Box)
Airsoft™ Reusable Earplugs are the highest rated reusable earplug available, featuring a shell of soft attenuating material formed around a pocket of air.

NRR: 27 dB

Airsoft™ Reusable Earplugs are the highest rated reusable earplug available, featuring a shell of soft attenuating material formed around a pocket of air.

NRR: 27 dB

Classic® Earplugs (200 Pair/Box) Classic® Earplugs With Cord (200 Pair/Box)
E.A.R. Classic Ear Plugs have been in the workplace for years. You'll recognize the bright yellow cylindrical polymer foam plug that can be rolled and inserted to fit almost any ear canal. Flame-resistant and moisture-resistant.

NRR: 29 dB

E.A.R. Classic Ear Plugs have been in the workplace for years. You'll recognize the bright yellow cylindrical polymer foam plug that can be rolled and inserted to fit almost any ear canal. Flame-resistant and moisture-resistant.

NRR: 29 dB

Comfort Plus™ Earplugs (200 Pair/Box) Comfort Plus™ Earplugs With Cord (100 Pair/Box)
Low pressure foam, multi-colored earplugs are perfect for extended wear and provide great comfort.

NRR: 32 dB

Low pressure foam, multi-colored earplugs are perfect for extended wear and provide great comfort.

NRR: 32 dB

Compact Earplug Dispenser Compact Protective Equipment Holder
Compact Earplug Dispenser
Our Price: $38.45
Keep a small amount of earplugs at the ready with this 3'' x 9'' x 6'' acrylic unit with safety green top.  Convenient size allows placement anywhere for quick access. Use this 3'' x 9'' x 6'' acrylic unit with safety green flip door to hold frequently used items such as safety glasses and earplugs.  Convenient size allows it to be placed anywhere for quick access.
DuraPlug™ Reusable Earplugs With Optional Cord (25 Pair/Box) Earplug Dispenser Tray
Earplug Dispenser Tray
Our Price: $41.45
Great value on a great reusable plug in an economical 25 count dispenser box!

NRR: 25 dB

Clear 10 5/8'' x 10 5/8'' x 10 5/8'' acrylic tray is an economical and simple way to hold an entire box of earplugs with ease, with front lip to keep earplugs in place.
Earplugs Dispenser Jazz Band™ Hearing Protectors
Earplugs Dispenser
Our Price: $68.45
Store your earplugs in this 6'' x 11 1/4'' x 9'' wall-mountable acrylic dispenser to visually measure your inventory with ease, with a convenient safety green cover and door for easy in, easy out. These semi-aural hearing protectors are cool and comfortable to wear. The Noise Reduction Rating of 22 makes them an ideal alternative to earmuffs.

NRR: 22 dB

Jazz Band™ Replacement Pods (10/Pack) Large Earplug Dispenser
Large Earplug Dispenser
Our Price: $78.45
Extend the use of your Jazz Band with replacement pods and neck cord.
Quantity: (5 Pairs and 1 Cord per Bag)

NRR: 22 dB.

Draw attention to your available earplugs with safety green front pocket and top.  This 13'' x 12'' x 8'' large-capacity wall-mountable acrylic dispenser can hold over 200 pairs of earplugs.
Laser-Trak™ Metal Detectable Earplugs (100 Pair/Box) LS-400 Leight® Source 400 Earplug Dispenser
An earplug that is both disposable and detectable! Comfortable styling that also provides high attenuation in tandem with metal detectability.

NRR: 32 dB

Made of durable plastic, the LS-400 Dispenser is an economical choice for highly accessible hearing protection.  Wall-mounted or on the table top with balanced footing, this dispenser holds up to 400 pairs of earplugs.  Sold Empty.
LS-500 Leight® Source 500 Earplug Dispenser Max-Lite® Earplugs
Max-Lite® Earplugs
Our Price: $21.95
Dispenser is designed to accept your choice of a variety of earplugs.  Constructed of heavy duty anodized aluminum and designed for wall installation.   Sold Empty. Max-Lite Earplugs offer a comfortable alternative to those with smaller ear canals or for environments where all day use is necessary. The non-irritating, non-allergenic self-adjusting foam recovers to fit virtually any ear canal.

Available in two quantities.

NRR: 30 dB

Max-Lite® Earplugs With Cord (100 Pair/Box) Max® Earplugs
Max® Earplugs
Our Price: $26.95
Max-Lite Earplugs offer a comfortable alternative to those with smaller ear canals or for environments where all day use is necessary. The non-irritating, non-allergenic self-adjusting foam recovers to fit virtually any ear canal.

NRR: 30 dB

Featuring a smooth, soil resistant outer skin for optimum user comfort and safety, the Max is an excellent choice for any application. The highest NRR available in a pre-shaped foam earplug.
Available in two quantities.

Available in two quantities.

NRR: 33 dB

Max® Earplugs With Cord (100 Pair/Box) Miscellaneous Protective Equipment Dispenser
Featuring a smooth, soil resistant outer skin for optimum user comfort and safety, the Max is an excellent choice for any application. The highest NRR available in a pre-shaped foam earplug.

NRR: 33 dB

Store a wide range of personal protective equipment such as bouffant caps, booties, gloves, earplugs, etc. in this 10'' x 10'' x 10'' wall-mountable acrylic dispenser with a 4'' round opening in the front for easy access.
QB1® Quiet Head Band QB1® Replacement Pods (50 Pair/Box)
QB1® Quiet Head Band
Our Price: $4.95
Their compact design allows shirt pocket storage, yet provides an impressive Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 27 dB, making the QB1 the highest rated hearing band available anywhere.

NRR: 27 dB

Replacement Pods for Howard Leight QB1® Quiet Head Band.

NRR: 27 dB

QB2® Quiet Head Band QB2® Replacement Pods (50 Pair/Box)
QB2® Quiet Head Band
Our Price: $4.95
The QB2 Quiet Band offers a lightweight, compact, comfortable alternative to ear muffs or ear plugs.

NRR: 25 dB

Replacement Pods for Howard Leight QB2® Quiet Head Band.

NRR: 25 dB

Quiet® Reusable Earplugs (100 Pair/Box) Quiet® Reusable Earplugs With Cord (100 Pair/Box)
Reusable foam hygienic ear plugs are self-adjusting and don't require rolling. Durable and washable, Quiet® offers reusable life at a disposable price.

NRR: 26 dB

Reusable foam hygienic ear plugs are self-adjusting and don't require rolling. Durable and washable, Quiet® offers reusable life at a disposable price.

NRR: 26 dB

Slimline Earmuffs SmartFit® Metal Detectable Earplugs (100 Pair/Box)
Slimline Earmuffs
Our Price: $9.95
With a telescoping height adjustment and contemporary design, this top of the line earmuff will be sure to improve wearer compliance.

NRR: 25 dB

Long-wearing comfort, reusability, a high level of NRR Safety - and detectable!

NRR: 25 dB

Taperfit® Earplugs (200 Pair/Box) Thunder T3 Earmuffs
Thunder T3 Earmuffs
Our Price: $24.95
Constructed with a slightly tapered body, these foam plugs have excellent balance in blocking out disturbing noises.

NRR: 32 dB

Fully dielectric with a ventilated extra long padded headband for a silent, cozy fit.

NRR: 30 dB

Thunder® High Attenuation T3H Cap-Mounted Earmuffs Thunder® Mid-Attenuation T2H Cap-Mounted Earmuffs
Features patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal attenuation across all frequencies and also snap-in ear cushions for easy maintenance.

NRR: 27 dB

Features patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal attenuation across all frequencies and also snap-in ear cushions for easy maintenance.

NRR: 25 dB

Thunder® Slimline T1H Cap-Mounted Earmuffs
Features patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal attenuation across all frequencies and also snap-in ear cushions for easy maintenance.

NRR: 23 dB

   
 

Understanding Hearing Protection

How our earplugs fit you unique ear canal to protect your hearing! What is NRR?
Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is the measurement, in decibels (dB), of how well a hearing protector reduces noise, as specified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The higher the number, the greater the noise reduction.

What are decibels?
Intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB). The scale runs from the faintest sound the human ear can detect, which is labeled 0 dB, to over 180 dB, the noise at a rocket pad during launch. Decibels are measured logarithmically. This means that as decibel intensity increases by units of 10, each increase is 10 times the lower figure. Thus, 20 decibels is 10 times the intensity of 10 decibels, and 30 decibels is 100 times as intense as 10 decibels.


Decibel Level

Hearing
Protection
Required at

85 dB
or more
0 dB
Faintest Sound Heard By Human Ear.
30 dB
Whisper, quiet library.
60 dB
Normal Conversation, sewing machine, typewriter.
90 dB
Lawnmower, shop tools, forklift, truck traffic; 8 hours per day is the maximum exposure to protect 90% of people.
100 dB
Chainsaw, pneumatic drill, snowmobile; 2 hours per day is the maximum exposure without protection.
115 dB
Sandblasting, loud rock concert, auto horn, crying baby; 15 minutes per day is the maximum exposure without protection.
140 dB
Gun muzzle blast, jet engine; noise causes pain and even brief exposure injures unprotected ears. Maximum allowed noise with hearing protection.
185 dB
Rocket pad during launch, loudest animal call on earth (Blue whale). Soft tissue damage from sound waves "burning" flesh, regardless of earplugs or other hearing protection.
194 dB
One ton of TNT exploding. Loudest possible sustained sound, varying plus or minus one atmosphere, enough to rupture eardrums.
210+ dB
Atomic blast, meteorfall. Although it is a matter of some debate whether or not this is true sound, it can easily be lethal.

What are the laws for on-the-job exposure?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in its Hearing Conservation Amendment of 1983, requires hearing conservation programs in noisy work places. This includes a yearly hearing test for workers exposed to an average of 85 dB or more of noise during an 8-hour work day.

What does OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.95 require?
OSHA Action Level-85 dBA ('A'-weighted decibel)

  • Monitor all noise levels
  • Annual audiometric testing for exposed workers
  • Annual training for exposed workers
  • A variety of suitable hearing protectors must be made available at no cost to the employees

OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit-90 dBA
  • Hearing protectors required for noise-exposed workers

OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit-90 dBA TWA

Hearing protectors required for all exposures over these levels: Hours Per Day
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
0.5
Sound Level (dBA)
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
110

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