What Are High Noise Headsets?
Communication in manufacturing facilities is of utmost importance but presents a major challenge to businesses. High noise levels prevent normal conversations from taking place and also present long term health risks to employees’ ability to hear. Mobile phones aren’t durable enough or set up for ease of use in an industrial setting. Iphone phone calls work great during the commute to and from work, but present a safety risk on the factory floor where hands free communication and awareness of one’s surroundings is necessary. Bluetooth technology such as a bluetooth headset, and accessories, as well as a cell phone are not rugged enough to allow reliable connectivity under these conditions. Unless you want to incorporate a boom microphone into each worker’s station, these products which are manufactured by companies such as Jabra, Kenwood and Motorola, cannot deliver the clear communication needed for frontline workers. Another solution must be presented to workers since they rely on team collaboration as well as the ability to hear safety alerts such as forklifts and other vehicles in their vicinity. An NRR rated two-way radio with a noise canceling microphone, otherwise known as high noise headsets are a much better alternative for these applications.
How High Noise Headsets Help Communication in High Noise Environments
Before selecting a high noise headset you need to understand NRR, which you’ll see used in any noise reducing headset, earbuds, or other noise canceling device. NRR is short for Noise Reduction Rating.
All noise is measured in decibels, or dB. However, the NRR number is not the amount of dB you subtract from background noise to determine how well the headphones provide hearing protection. Instead, there is a simple mathematical formula for determining how well the headphones work.
This formula is computed by taking the NRR number listed on the headphones, subtract 7, then divide by 2. For example, you have a set of headphones that have an NRR number of 33 (in the product specs it will be listed as 33 NRR). You will then plug the number into the mathematical formula. So you’ll take 33, subtract 7 (26), and divide it by 2, which comes out to 13. This is the number you remove from the surrounding decibel level. So, if you have headphones of 33 NRR and are in noisy environments where the sound level is at 100 dB, you’ll remove 13 dB from the loud environments, giving you a total dB exposure of 87.
No matter the NRR number listed on the headphones, you will use this specific mathematical formula to identify the corresponding dB removal. It is a good idea to measure the dB level in your factor to determine the best high noise headsets for giving factory tours. Plant-Tours does sell a number of high noise headsets, so there is likely one that will check off all your noise-cancelling needs.
Plant Tour Headsets for Group Communication in High Noise Environments
PT-200 HIGH NOISE HEADPHONES
The PS-200 High Noise Headphones are designed with both an over the head and behind the head support feature. The low profile support makes it possible to wear these high noise headphones with hard hats. This way, no matter what kind of factory you’re giving a tour of, if a hard hat is necessary you can wear the protective headgear on top of these headphones without any issue at all.
The headphone ear muff is lightweight so you won’t feel bogged down, all while giving you a sleek trim with rugged durability. The rear support connector on the headphones makes it possible to look up and down without the headphones falling off (which may also cause the hard hat to fall off as well).
This model of high noise headsets is factory rated at 14 NRR, so it does give your ears protection from higher ambient noise levels while still providing active noise cancellation, making it possible to hear what is going on around you. When walking about a factory you will still need excellent audio sound quality over the outside noise, which makes the PT-200 an excellent investment.
PT-250 MAX NOISE HEADPHONES
The PT-250 is the highest grade high noise headsets available for sale from Plant-Tours. These headphones offer you a 24 NRR for improved sound removal, while still being able to hear what is going on around you.
The headphones have a headband and rear head guard, which makes it possible to comfortably wear a hard hat over the headphones. The headphone ear cups go completely over your ears so it is comfortable, no matter who is wearing the headphones.
The durable headphones weigh in at 12 ounces, so these are a bit larger than the other options available. But when you want the added NRR protection while maintaining a durable construction, you need to consider the PT-250 Max Noise Headphones.
PT-350 MODERATE NOISE HEADPHONE
Perhaps your factory isn’t all that noisy, but you want some basic noise cancelation in the form of a comfortable pair of headphones. When this is the case, you need to consider the PT-350 Moderate Noise Headphones.
These headphones are not as bulky as the other offerings. In fact, there is no over the ear feature on the headphones. Instead, the earpiece is designed to be the standard size of your ears and wrap around the back of your neck. This way you maintain full movement without needing to worry about the headphones coming off.
The headphones can be worn with a hard hat as the headphones will curve below the hard hat. One of the main features of this set of headphones is the weight. It is just 2.2 ounces, so it will not weigh down your head. If you’re giving tours throughout the day you don’t want to have heavy headphones as this will tire out your neck.
In addition to these features, the PT-350 headphones are easy to clean. The earpads are wipeable, so whether you’re wiping the headphones down at the end of your shift or those taking part in the tour are wearing them, this is one viable option you should consider
THERE IS A HIGH NOISE HEADSET PERFECT FOR YOUR FACTORY TOUR
These are just a handful of the best high noise headsets available for areas with loud noises. Plant Tours’ limited warranty tour guide systems are available for fast delivery, designed simply for ease of use and durable for long lasting customer satisfaction. So, if you’re ready to take your factory tours to the next level while remaining comfortable, now is the time to invest in high noise headsets from Plant-Tours. Contact us for a Free Demo Kit to get started!