Safety includes Taking Care of your Hearing

You probably read a lot about the need to stay physically safe as you run equipment, load fertilizer and apply pesticides, but you may not consider how important your hearing is to everything you do during the day. One Elk Grove Village, Ill., company, Etymotic, is trying to change that with its high high-definition earplugs and earphones.

The company manufactures three hearing safety products for the farming community--earplugs and earphones that reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

The company reports that its HD Safety earplugs reduce sound levels while preserving clarity, instead of muffling the sound. The earplugs are available in two sizes to fit most ears.

If you need protection from sudden loud impacts or sustained loud sounds, but also want to hear naturally when sound levels are safe, consider the HD 15 Electronic earplugs.They allow safe sounds to pass through, as though nothing is in the ears, yet instantaneously react to reduce loud sounds and protect hearing.

Listening to music in tractor cabs can put hearing at risk if the volume has to be raised to hear the music over the machine noise. Etymotic's HD Safety Earplugs + Earphones block external sound (like earplugs) to reduce external noise and are engineered for safe listening and exceptional sound quality. High-definition sound reproduction means no need to use high playback levels to hear every detail of the music. Risk to hearing is minimized, regardless of the volume setting.









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