Hearing protection in South Africa: Making the right choice is essential

There are many types of hearing protection in South Africa which are suitable for different situations and if you work in or are passing through high-noise level areas you need the right level of protection. It is important to strike the right balance between the need to adequately protect your hearing from dangerous noise while not compromising your ability to hear and communicate. The below chart gives you an overview of which uvex earplug may be suitable based on the noise level.


How do I find the right hearing protection?


First of all, you have to ask yourself: Do I need earmuffs or plugs? To find the answer to that question, our "A question of safety" video should prove to be helpful.

How much noise is too much noise?

We are exposed to noise every day, some of which has the potential to damage our hearing. Hearing loss develops gradually and painlessly which is why we tend not to notice it until it is too late.

It is essential to protect our ears from harmful levels of noise, but how do we know what is a “harmful level”? The maximum periods of time a person should be exposed to harmful noise per day without hearing protection can be surprising.

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What level of noise protection is required?

Each hearing protector is tested to determine its individual level of noise reduction when fitted correctly. Each protector has an SNR which is an abbreviation for Single Number Rating. The higher the SNR value of a hearing protection product, the higher the noise insulation provided.

To find out the protection figure required, the noise levels of the workplace must first be established. This is the calculated figure for the amount of potential protection the protector can provide when fitted correctly. For this, the noise levels need to be measured to determine the daily exposure levels, as well as any maximum or peak noises that might have an impact. A noise map is then established and then the required protection can be determined using the SNR method.

Noise Level - Noise Reduction (SNR) = Residual Noise Level

The objective when choosing suitable hearing protection is to achieve an effective residual noise level of between 70 dB and 75 dB for the wearer. If the protection provided is too high (over-protection) this can result in an inability to communicate and potentially not hearing any warning alarms.

Handling earplugs for hearing protection


To guarantee optimum hearing protection, uvex disposable hearing protection plugs must be used correctly.


disposable hearing protection plugs

(1) Briefly roll down uvex disposable hearing protection plugs.

(2) Put your arm over your head and move the ear slightly upwards to straighten your auditory canal. This achieves a better fit.

(3) Insert plugs and hold them in place while they expand. If they are not visible from the front, then they are in the right position.

reusable ear plugs

(1) Take uvex reusable earplugs by the handles and place the cord around your neck.

(2) Insert uvex ear plugs into the auditory canal, applying gentle pressure.


In dirty working environments, particles can easily stick to the surface of materials and cause minor injuries in the ears.


disposable hearing protection plugs

Please dispose of uvex disposable hearing protection plugs after each use.

reusable ear plugs

(1) Easy to clean with uvex damp cleaning cloth.

(2) Alternatively, clean them with water and mild soap.

(3) Dry them and store in the uvex hygiene box when not in use.


disposable hearing protection plugs

reusable ear plugs

Watch our uvex X-change video covering the importance of hearing and the role uvex plays

Hearing loss is 100% preventable

The risk of noise-induced hearing loss can be significantly reduced through the proper selection and use of hearing protection. Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss is inevitable - it can be prevented by identyfing the exposure level, reducing the risk of harmful noise levels at source, or by wearing adequate and suitable hearing protection which has been correctly fitted. 

uvex disposable

With patented x-grip shaping for easy and safe removal.

uvex x-fit
SNR 37 db

uvex x- fit
SNR 37 db

uvex dispenser

uvex reusable

Conveniently designed to be cleaned easily.

uvex whisper
SNR 23 db

uvex whisper
SNR 23 db

uvex whisper supreme
30 db

Detectable earmuffs

Metal free, lightweight and 360° rotation.

uvex K10H
SNR 28 db

uvex K20H
SNR 30 db

uvex K30H
SNR 34 db


Sort memory foam cushions for extra comfort and lightweight, balanced designs.

uvex K200
SNR 28 db

uvex K4
35 db

uvex K1
SNR 28 db

uvex aXess one
SNR 31 db

uvex K2
SNR 32 db

uvex K3
SNR 33 db

uvex xact-fit test - Hearing protection fit-testing system

When providing PPE, the correct size and fit are a requirement to comply with WHS Regulations. Without a hearing protection fit-testing system, the actual noise attenuation received while wearing earplugs remains unknown. This leaves workers at risk of over-exposure and under-exposure to noise and employers at risk of failing to provide adequate hearing protection for workers.

The uvex xact-fit test hearing protection fit-test system has been designed to produce results that depict the real attenuation received by workers while wearing earplugs quickly and easily. The open system allows you to test almost any earplug in the market. The cloud-based software and wireless headset allow the system to be portable.

Why uvex xact-fit test?

Open System

  • Can test most earplugs on the market
  • No modifications to the earplugs necessary
  • Uses Real Ear Attenuation at Threshold (REAT) method

Portable and wireless

  • Bluetooth connectivity allows a test to be set up anywhere an internet connection is available
  • Provides ability to carry out on-the-spot fit-tests on workers

Quick test results

  • Tests both ear at the same time without compromising on accuracy
  • Total test time of 2 to 5 minutes per person

Cloud - based software

  • Receive regular software updates quickly and easily
  • Automatic upload of information and results

Easy to use

  • Simple to operate
  • uvex will provide onboarding training and ongoing support to customers as needed

Next steps

If you have any questions regarding hearing protection, contact your local uvex representative who will be happy to help:


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