Tool Test: Zem Hearing Protection

By Robert W. Lang
Page: 34

From the November 2007 issue #165
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You can’t argue about the need for good hearing protection, but there is a good argument against how we’ve been achieving it. Ear muffs and standard earplugs block the sound from noisy machinery and tools, but they also block sounds that you want to hear, such as the phone, the radio or someone coming up behind you to ask a question.

Zem hearing protection is a lightweight solution that offers a noise-reduction rating of 26 decibels, yet still allows you hear many normal sounds. Foam inserts go in your ear as normal earplugs do, but at the end of each is a hollow plastic tube. The tubes are engineered to direct harmful sound levels away from your ears, yet allow everyday noises to get through to your auditory canal.

From the November 2007 issue #165
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