Pacific Ears Australia (and its subsidiary ACS Custom Australia) are companies dedicated to hearing conservation and manufacturing of custom-fit earplugs for hearing protection for Industry, including Mining, Music, Aviation, Gun Sport, Military and Motor Sport. The company’s innovative approach to hearing protection through a range of complementary tools, adds considerable value for end-users.
The company specialises in custom moulded earplugs conform Australian/New Zealand and/or European standards. Pacific Ears are Industry leaders in soft silicone hearing protection for industry since 1994 and the only manufacturer in Australasia with certification in Class 3 and Class 5 for custom ear plugs.
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Safe Exposure Time Tool
Hearing protection is required in any workplace environment where the average noise exposure over an 8 hour period is over 85dB. Anything over (time or sound level) will lead to hearing damage sooner or later. It is important to realise that a 3dB increase in sound level, doubles the sound intensity and therefore halves the safe exposure time. For example: at 88dB the Safe Exposure Time is only 4 hours. At 91 dB, 2 hours etc. and so on. Hearing protection counters this.
Use the Safe Exposure Time Tool to find out how long is too long in specific (loud) environments and how different protector can help.
Cost Saving Calculator Tool
The future of hearing protection is in custom made earplugs. Comfortable, discreet, durable and customized to ears, the person and the specific environment.
Soft silicone Ear plugs have a life span of 4 to 5 year. As long as they are taken care of, cleaning every now and then with water and/or soft soap, there are no additional cost during their life span. They work out to be cheaper than earmuffs or even foam plugs.
Use the Cost Saving Calculator Tool to work out how much you will save, financially and environmentally.
One Size Fits All? No, not with hearing protection.
Discomfort and over-attenuation (too much sound reduction) are two main factors that result in non-compliance, not wearing hearing protection. Choosing the correct level of sound reduction is therefore vital.
Too much sound damping takes the user away from their environment, making them detached and will lead to taking the hearing protection out or off often to hear others or the radio for instance. Attenuation levels that lower noise back to 85 dB or around 85dB is therefore preferable.
Even with the best hearing protection, if it is not worn 100% of the time, effectiveness is reduced dramatically. Taking hearing protection off for only 10 minutes in a full day in the noisy environment reduces the overall protection by 40%.
Sufficient protection can only be reached with a full day’s compliance. Comfort and the correct attenuation are therefore needed.
ACS Custom Australia
Pacific Ears Australia manufactures professional earplugs from soft, medical-grade silicone. These plugs are vented and have a specifically chosen filter blocking just the right amount of noise for your specific situation. These filters provide a large open-air passage into the ear so minimising occlusion (blocked up sensation) and keeping the ear ventilated for the ultimate in user comfort.
The earplugs are comfortable, discreet and are available in a range of colours and levels of attenuation (damping) to suit a wide range of ambient (surrounding) sound levels.
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