Ear Muffs and Reducing Noise for Sensory Sensitivity
Do you experience sensory overload in noisy public places? Furthermore, do you want to buy noise-canceling ear muffs to help your child with sensory sensitivity to noise? Also, perhaps do you ask, how do I protect my baby’s hearing?
In this article, you will learn about earmuffs. You will learn about all the words that describe similar products. You will learn how they are used to reduce noise. And how they help with sensory sensitivity. Especially hypersensitivity to sounds or noise.
You will learn the answers to the following questions:
- What are all the phrases that describe noise-canceling earmuffs?
- Why does noise reduction help sensory overload?
- Are their different ways I can reduce noise sensitivity in public places?
- Where do people wear noise-canceling earmuffs?
- Do I know what to look for when buying earmuffs to reduce noise?
- To help your decision making when buying earmuffs to reduce noise consider these questions.
- Why tourist operators and workplaces have noise-canceling earmuffs onsite.
First of all, know that there are many different phrases used to describe noise-canceling earmuffs. Moreover, they sometimes refer to different products altogether. Finally, we know that it is confusing! So, help yourself and learn all the phrases you see used.
- Noise-canceling ear muffs
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Noise-reducing ear muffs
- Noise-reducing headphones
- Noise reduction earmuffs
- Noise reduction headphones
More descriptions of the products that help noise sensitivity
Earmuff or earmuffs. Sometimes these words describe thermal ear coverings. They are worn in the winter. Moreover, they are not designed to reduce noise significantly. On the other hand, earmuff and earmuffs also describe ear coverings that are specially designed to reduce noise. Confusing isn’t it? So buyer beware.
Next: noise-canceling or noise reduction or noise reducing. Similarly, canceling, reduction, and reducing are used interchangeably.
Meanwhile, noise-canceling describes a special type of headphone. It is used to listen to music. Alternatively, to wear while talking on the telephone. In both instances, background noise is reduced. But noise-canceling may describe headphones that are not connected (wired or wirelessly) to music. Nor are they connected to sound. To sum up, ensure you are purchasing the right device!
In addition, noise reduction or noise-reducing earmuffs or headphones all describe over the ear protection. In this case, to reduce environmental noises. Furthermore, people wear these types of devices at a shooting range. Finally, in a noisy workplace. This latter is due to health and safety standards.
Headphones. The word “headphones” is often used instead of earmuffs. But headphones describe devices to listen to music too. Alternatively, to be on the phone. To sum up, headphones do not block out all sound or reduce all sound. They may reduce sound or noise, that comes from the environment, so you can listen to just the sound from the headphones (music, white noise, podcast, movie soundtrack).
Why does noise reduction help sensory overload?
Hearing is one of the senses. Nonetheless, noise, even a little bit of noise, contributes to people of all ages who experience sensory overload. Moreover, people with sensory sensitivity are bothered by specific noises. Furthermore, by noisy environments. For example, in children, noise sensitivity occurs at school in the classroom. Additionally, on the playground. Alternatively, out in the community. On the other hand, for adults noise sensitivity and sensory overload happens at work. Or finally at home. Noise sensitivity, sensory sensitivity, and sensory overload is a problem for many people.
Are their different ways I can reduce noise sensitivity in public places?
Reduce noise sensitivity in public with noise-reducing earmuffs. Another tip is to look for events or places with sensory-friendly experience. You can find sensory-friendly experiences in the Sensory Friendly Finder.
Where do people wear noise-canceling earmuffs?
Children, adults, and seniors all wear noise-canceling earmuffs. You might see people wearing them at:
- shooting ranges
- grocery stores
- amusement parks
- many other public places
Furthermore, at a music performance, you see infants, toddlers, or children wearing ear protection. Consequently, parents often ask themselves, how can I protect my baby’s hearing? So even infants, toddlers, and children wear noise-canceling earmuffs at concerts. Some adults do too.
Do I know what to look for when buying earmuffs to reduce noise?
- What is the NRR?
NRR stands for Noise Reduction Rating. It is a standardized system that measures how much hearing protection is offered by a noise-reducing device. Also, it is reported in decibels. Decibels are a measure of sound. For example, the higher the NRR, the more sound reduction is offered. So look for a higher NRR when you buy noise protection.
To help your decision making when buying earmuffs for noise sensitivity consider these questions:
- What is the NRR?
- Does someone need to carry the earmuffs?
- Do they fold, like these ones?
- Are they for an infant or a baby?
- For an older child?
- How easily can they be transported? Some earmuffs come with a case.
- Does color matter?
- Are they the right size?
- Is the head strap adjustable?
- Are they comfortable to wear?
- Are they too tight? Too loose?
- Is the head strap padded?
- Am I looking for something to reduce noise from the environment in general?
- Or, am I looking for something to reduce noise to listen to music?
- Alternatively, am I looking for something to reduce noise to speak on the phone?
- Possibly a headset and microphone to use with my laptop or desktop?
- Finally, am I looking for something to sleep with an eye mask for travel?
Why tourist operators and workplaces have noise-canceling earmuffs onsite.
You may have seen tourist operators have earmuffs that they loan, rent, or give out at their tourism attraction. Moreover, you might even work or visit a co-working space that has them. Because noise is a problem for many people, smart tourist operators provide earmuffs for their customers. And smart workplaces provide them for their employees too.
Review the questions, Decide on your answers and you can make an informed decision about what noise-canceling earmuffs will be the best choice.
Did you know?
Christel Seeberger worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years helping people with sensory sensitivity who experience sensory overload. Christel has sensory sensitivity herself; she has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016. Sensory Friendly Solutions brings together people around the world looking for sensory friendly living and businesses and organizations who offer sensory friendly experiences.