Hearing Protection

The Bath House can get pretty loud during practice and we're all really good at making sure we have our earplugs in when we practice; however how well we fit them has a big impact on whether they'll actually protect us adequately.  As it stands it's safe for us to practice in the Bath House regularly if we correctly fit our ear plugs.

If your earplug is sticking out this means it is not doing its job (see below).  This is bad!

It's really important to fit your plugs correctly. Hearing loss develops over time and once your hearing is damaged there is no cure.

Please click this link [here] for an excellent fitting guide, but the main thing to remember is to a) open up the canal by pulling your ear back, b) make sure disposable plugs are well rolled up, and c) fully insert it!

If you want any more information you can always ask a committee member and we can explain the do's and don'ts of the whole thing.  We have both disposable plugs and reusable plugs; try both types and see which work best for your (but it's more environmentally friendly and cheaper for the band if you use the reusable ones of course!)

Visual CheckEarplug Poor FitFor earplugs with a stem (a firm protruding piece intended to be grasped by the user for insertion), only the tip of the stem should be visible to someone looking at you from the front, or when you view yourself in a mirror. All flanges of a flanged-earplug should be well inside the ear canal. For earplugs without stems (most foam earplugs), the ends of the earplugs should not be visible to someone looking at you from the front. An earplug that is clearly visible from the front is a warning sign of poor insertion.
Acoustic CheckAcoustical CheckA hearing protector is only useful when it achieves an acoustic seal in the ear canal. An acoustic seal causes a very pronounced lowering of noise levels. One way to check the acoustic seal of an earplug is with your hands. With earplugs inserted, cup your hands firmly over the ears and release. The earplugs should be blocking enough noise so that covering the ears with your hands results in no significant change in noise level