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earplug

[′ir‚pləg]
(engineering)
A device made of a pliable substance which fits into the ear opening; used to protect the ear from excessive noise or from water.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Physicians should consider these factors to raise awareness about the combined risk of attending music festivals without using earplugs while consuming alcohol and/or drugs," the authors write.
Rutlin says simply relying on SNR to determine the attenuation level from an earplug may mean that many workers do not have the protection levels they require: "With this in mind, Honeywell has developed an intelligent hearing protection system called QUIETPRO, which allows individual users and safety managers to control individual sound exposure levels.
(15) Furthermore, our objective measurements inside the ear of KEMAR (artificial head test fixture) demonstrate that the spectral characteristics of music are indeed altered by these products, regardless of whether the earplug was the custom or non-custom type.
I can't tolerate normal earplugs for long, but after about 2 hours shooting the sniper rifle and an AR, I was still not having difficulty wearing them.
This technology means it is possible to definitively establish if an employee needs better protection, improved training or a new type of earplug."
Development of improved equipment, such as communications earplugs (a miniature microphone encapsulated by a compressible earplug, which can be inserted into the ear), improves communication and provides for double protection when combined with circum-aural ear muffs.
By using deep-insert custom earplugs, the user can achieve a more assured earplug fit, compared to foam and flanged earplugs, and thereby achieve a good, consistent hearing-protection level.
Retail earplug manufacturer McKeon Products of Warren, MI, invented the silicone earplug in 1962.
In a bid to change the image of earplugs, students from De Montfort, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam universities have been invited to take part in a competition to come up with more appealing earplug designs.
Quite often a safety manager will interpret this to mean offering one earplug, in corded and un-corded styles.
"Everyone's ears are different," she said, "and one earplug or earmuff style may not be comfortable for the entire workforce.