In a working environment earplugs are a hearing protection device used to protect the ears from loud noises to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Designed to fit into the ear canal they reduce noise exposure to below 85 dBA throughout an average work shift of eight hours, when sounds exceed 80 dBA, it becomes dangerous to the ears. Earplugs have been used since ancient times to protect the ears from loud noise where beeswax, cotton or wool was used. Fortunately earplugs have evolved and improved over time and are now available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to provide both comfort and protection. Today foam earplugs are the most common type in use and when worn correctly can provide the greatest amount of protection, but is there room for improvement?
Introducing the 3M™ E-A-R™ Flexible Fit Earplug, the first fully washable foam earplug and the first with an attenuation rating for a new one-hand insertion method. Featuring patented technology, they have a soft foam tip and a flexible foam-covered fitting stem that allows easy insertion into the ear using one or two hands. The shape of the earplug tip along with the soft conforming foam helps to provide a snug yet gentle fit that helps reduce exposure to hazardous noise levels. The no roll-down design of the foam tip helps keep ear tips clean when hands are dirty. The cord keeps earplugs readily available and helps keep foam ear tips clean between uses. The Flexible Fit Earplugs are well suited for activities that require gloved or dirty hands or situations when only one hand is free to fit the earplugs. These earplugs are available in corded and uncorded variants. When utilising the two handed insertion method, the SLC80 is 20 dB (Class 3). When utilising the one handed insertion method, the SLC80 is 16 dB (Class 2).* 3M™ E-A-R™ Flexible Fit Earplugs are fit-testable with the 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System.
The first earplug with an attenuation rating for a new one-handed insertion method.
No roll-down design
The no roll-down design of the foam tip helps keep them clean when hands are dirty.
Patented design and innovative thermoplastic materials ensure a comfortable and snug fit.
The 3M™ E A R™ Flexible Fit Earplug is the first of its kind to be washable in a foam earplug variant.
E.A.R™ Flexible Fit Uncorded Earplugs
The E-A-R™ Flexible Fit Earplugs are ideally suited to protect against most noise frequencies in a wide range of industrial workplace and leisure environments.
Examples of typical industries and applications include:
E-A-R™ Flexible Fit Earplugs are ideal for the following users:
E.A.R™ Flexible Fit Corded Earplugs
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*3M strongly recommends fit testing of hearing protectors. Research suggests that many users will receive less noise reduction than indicated due to variation in hearing protector fit, fitting, and motivation of the user. Refer to your applicable regulations for guidance on how to adjust label values and estimate attenuation. In addition, 3M™ E-A-Rfit™ Dual-Ear Validation System can support your fit testing needs for improved wear and compliance.