Rochester, let's make some noise
23 January 2013
Diggerland in Rochester was the location for the launch of a new solution which protects workers' hearing while allowing them to communicate. Despite, increased legislation and wide availability of hearing protecti
Despite, increased legislation and wide availability of hearing protection, incidents of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) are on the rise.
One reason for this may be that many traditional hearing protection devices are designed to block out all sound so useful signals such as voices may not be heard encouraging users to remove the protection; doing so for just 5 minutes every hour, can result in hearing damage.
Arco, the safety company, used the Kent based adventure park to launch a hearing protection system from Sensear which incorporates SENS (Speech Enhancing Noise Suppression) which isolates and enhances speech while suppressing harmful background noise. The result is a high quality natural speech played directly into the earmuffs or connected via Bluetooth to mobile phone and two-way radio.
HSM went along to Diggerland to try out the new technology in a range of high-noise digging scenarios.
While some of the more challenging tasks may have left a few contestants blushing (not HSM of course) the earmuffs enabled clear, easy communication while protecting hearing so at least their ears weren't ringing too.
Pictured: A blindfolded Louise Carter from HSM attempts to pop balloons with the digger's bucket while editor Georgina Bisby gives directions via the Sensear head set: www.arco.co.uk/sensear www.diggerland.com