With so many more people these days spending time in noisy environments, many manufacturers are taking advantage by producing expensive protective equipment, with some people eventually ending up spending hundreds of pounds to keep their hearing safe. While this makes sense for some people – self-employed workers, for example – it’s not always necessary. While you should be wearing protective equipment, there are some cases in which you can receive it for free – take a look to find out how.
Employers are required by law to provide you with PPE if you work in an area with prolonged noise. If you’re concerned, you can request that the decibel levels be tested, as over a certain amount will make you eligible for ear plugs or even ear mufflers.
Gig venues and nightclubs are also legally bound to provide protection, and most bar staff and security guards will have free ear plugs. Make sure you squeeze these before putting them in your ear, so that they expand to the shape of your ear.
Hearing specialists Amplifon offer free hearing tests across the UK. If you’re concerned about your hearing, drop in and have a chat with an expert, to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect your ears.