Ear plugs vs ear muffs: Which are safer?

Protecting the ears is of paramount importance to anyone looking to enjoy a good state of health for the long term. You only need to take a minute to think about just how much you use and rely on your ears to appreciate exactly how vital they are to everyday life.

There are many devices out there to help us both protect and make the most out of our ears. Two of the main products on the market are ear plugs and ear muffs, both of which aim to achieve similar goals. But which is safer?

Ear plugs and ear muffs – avoiding accidents at work

When it comes to the professional environment, ear muffs seem to have the upper hand. While ear plugs can be used to drown out irritating and inane office chit-chat, the benefits of ear muffs are numerous and spread across a range of industries.

  1. They are easy to take on and off, which makes them perfect for environments such as construction sites in which their use may be infrequent and intermittent.
  2. They are more likely to provide greater protection owing to the fact that they cover the entire ear and are a vital tool in guarding against industrial deafness.
  3. Since they remain outside the ear, ear muffs are more sanitary and can therefore be shared around more.
  4. They are generally more comfortable which can be significant as the last thing you want whilst operating heavy machinery is distractions causing a construction site accident.

Ear plugs and ear muffs – public slips, trips and falls

In this environment, it seems that ear plugs may have the upper hand. Whilst the ability of ear muffs to block out virtually all surrounding noise can be beneficial, when out and about in public it can leave you vulnerable to incoming dangers.

Ear plugs tend to let you hear what you are listening to whilst allowing enough room for external sounds to penetrate. Being aware of traffic, for example, will greatly reduce the risk of car crashes and other accidents in public.

Whatever the nature of your accident, be it in public, at work or an incident on the road, providing it happened in the last three years, wasn’t your fault and the subsequent injuries required medical attention, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim for personal injury compensation.

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