Originally Posted by Bryan59EC
I sometimes listen to my mp3 player while working---but not too often.
Always when mowing the yard----6-8 hour job on a rider.
As a kid in my early teens I ran a newspaper press and probably should have worn hearing protection then----I know now that the db limits were way out of the so called current osha standards.
Even now, most of the facilities I go to have hearing protection requirements, but I still do not have plugs in my ears.
Some of the equipment might be a bit noisy, but I can hear things going on that others cannot. I could be in an office or warehouse and hear an abnormality and know which machine it came from.
Now it seems my hearing disability is limited to not being able to filter background noises. Cannot hear the TV right in front of me if someone is chatting in the next room.
Sitting in an airplane behind the wing will give me a terrible headache before the plane is off the ground---yep it is louder back there and the pitch of the smaller regional jets just about kill me---earplugs or not.
I listen to the TV at about half the volume others in the house do and the volume on the mp3 player and the stereos in the car are never too loud.
Also--on the occasions I am listening to the player while working (but never around or on running equip.) I can hear someone talking to me just fine, but I tend to reply in very low tones (talking with hearing protection is too loud in my head).
Not knocking hearing protection----just some places it might not be a good idea to wear it.
No, you are right, without a doubt there are times to use it and times not to. Hell, if you are taking apart or putting together something like a door where you hands are inside the door with a nut or bolt or clip, take off the ear protection because hearing where a bolt or nut or clip falls is needed to find it! Without hearing the clink or what ever you have no idea where it went, that is for sure. So yeah, there are plenty of times when it's not good for work. Removing plastic parts on late model cars like I do. Prying up a plastic part that is clipped on, you want to take them off because you need to hear how the plastic is reacting to your prying, so you know if you are putting too much force on it.