Dampen all surrounding noise with passive, sound-insulated earmuffs that cover the ears. Use them for applications where you want to block all or most noise. Consisting of rigid cups with soft cushions that seal around the ears, earmuffs are generally easier to fit and more durable than earplugs. Their visibility helps ensure that workers are in compliance with hearing safety rules. They are convenient for environments with intermittent noise because they are easy to put on and take off.
In high noise areas, earmuffs can be worn with earplugs to improve the noise reduction rating (NRR) by 5 decibels (dB). As the NRR of earmuffs increases, they tend to get bulkier due to the larger ear cups and increased insulation materials.
Over the Head
The most common style of earmuff, these earmuffs have a band that connects the ear cups and fits over the head to hold them in place. They should fit tightly enough to maintain a proper seal, without compromising comfort.
Behind the Neck
When you need to protect your hearing and your head, these earmuffs have a band that fits behind the neck so they can be worn with a hard hat or faceshield. They are also called behind the head earmuffs.
Adjust the fit of these earmuffs to suit your needs. They can be positioned with the band atop the head for a secure fit, or behind the neck to accommodate a hard hat or faceshield.
With earcups that can flip inwards toward the band, these earmuffs fold to a compact size for storage and portability.