The new Howard Leight FirmFit™ earplugs from Honeywell, Smithfield, RI, feature a soft, comfortable fit, and improved noise protection for users of classic-style foam earplugs. The FirmFit was engineered to enhance the wearing experience for individuals who prefer a firmer fit in order to “feel” their earplugs in their ears, and are accustomed to the familiar cylindrical or barrel-shaped earplug.
“The new Howard Leight FirmFit earplugs are significantly more comfortable, provide more effective hearing protection, and exert less pressure in your ear canal than most older foam models that workers have used for years,” says Rachel Newport, senior product marketing manager, Honeywell Safety Products. “The bottom line is this: The more comfortable the earplug, the longer workers will wear it. That’s more protection for employees and greater compliance for safety managers—a win-win for everyone.”
Independent lab tests reported by the company revealed that FirmFit earplugs are 40% softer with 29% lower expansion pressure than most leading classic-style earplugs. The company says FirmFit earplugs provide an effective noise reduction rating (NRR) of 30 dB for hearing protection and are easy to roll down, insert, and adjust for a proper fit. They are bright orange in color for high-visibility identification and are available in corded and uncorded versions.
Workers are urged to try and compare for themselves by requesting a complimentary “Ear-To-Ear Challenge” kit. Each kit contains a week’s worth, or five pair, of FirmFit earplugs. Workers are encouraged to wear FirmFit for a week in place of their current foam earplugs and share their experience online.