Why Ear Protection is Better than Sliced Bread
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Archeologists found evidence of bread baking supplies in ancient Egyptian ruins. People on all continents have been eating bread for thousands of years. But sliced bread just a little over 100 years old. The invention of the bread-slicing machine was so amazing people started saying “best thing since sliced bread”. That’s because sliced bread is awesome. Every slice is the exact same and fits your toaster perfectly. Sliced bread is great; but hearing protection devices are better.
Gluten free and great for any diet
Bread, whether sliced or not contains gluten. In addition there can be nuts, eggs and milk. These are common food allergens. If you are sensitive to gluten or have food allergies, you must read bread labels carefully.
But you don’t have to worry about your hearing protection making you sick, bloated or gassy. Hearing protection devices won’t cause your lips or tongue to swell. Instead of gastric distress, you get something positive – invaluable protection. If you are on the Atkin’s Diet, you can’t eat bread; but you can wear your hearing protection at work or play and not fall off your diet. Noise protection will never make you fat.
Supported not banned by the government
Did you know that sliced bread was once banned by the government? That’s right, during World War II it was considered a waste. Desperate times called for desperate measures, so sliced bread was cut, literally.
The government isn’t going to decide that hearing protection is a waste. To the contrary, our government actually supports the use of hearing protection. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates noise exposure in the workplace. They’ve put serious resources into hearing conservation programs, fit-testing programs for hearing protection and checklists for hearing loss prevention in the workplace.
Noise protection in the workplace is serious business. And it’s not just for people working in industrial environments. Professional musicians and nightclub workers are also at risk for noise induced hearing loss. The Department of Labor is on your side when it comes to ear protection.
Keeps You Safe
Sliced bread is tasty when its warm. Right out of the toaster with butter or jam; that’s yum. But you can shove bread in your ears for hours and it will never protect your hearing. Ever glanced out the airplane window at the baggage handling staff? Do you see them with a hamburger bun slice over each ear? Of course not. Jet engines can produce noise on the level of 120 decibels. As a comparison, raindrops are about 40 decibels and a normal conversation takes place at 60 decibels. Over the ear, behind the neck or on the hardhat types of ear protectors are available and that’s what you see those workers wearing.
Whether you are hunting or just practicing at the range, even small caliber firearms produce sound at damaging decibel levels. Foam, NRR foam, moldable and reusable earplugs can be fitted with acoustic filters to let the sounds you need to hear come through while blocking dangerous noise from firearms. No sliced bagel can do that.
If you work in a noisy environment or need ear protection from hobbies such as motocross, woodworking, snowmobile riding, or playing music talk to your hearing professional about custom devices to protect your hearing. Otherwise, you may be talking to the hearing specialist about hearing aids!