Hearing is one of our most easily damaged senses. Yet it is essential for our manner of communication.
And hearing damage is often irreversible. Because the danger is often underestimated, employee hearing damage is one of the most commonly occurring workplace injuries.
This was the impetus behind the development of the Tympro SAPP Protocol – a transparent and professional manner of managing hearing damage prevention within your organisation.
SAPP stands for:
Signalization (identify where the danger is)
Awareness (raise the awareness of both the employer and employee)
Prevention (preventive recommendations and preventive action)
Protection (the appropriate personal hearing protection devices)
Identify and measure the danger
Above a noise exposure limit of 80 db(A) for a period of 1 hour, an employer is required to provide hearing protection. Employees are required to wear hearing protection if the noise level is above 85 dB(A) for 8 hours. These are the legal starting points.
But the dose of noise exposure a person can tolerate is not only dependent on the 80 dB(A) limit; the 115 dB(A) noise limit and peak noises above 135 dB(C) are also of great influence.
This identification phase also includes the individual hearing tests (audiometry) during which we look for indications that the employee may have already been exposed to excessively high noise levels.
A thorough analysis based on dosimetry and audiometry forms the basis of the Tympro recommendation.
Raising the awareness of both the employer and employee
Once the noise exposure data has been collected, a good picture is available of the noise exposure throughout the organisation.
The next step is to improve awareness. All involved parties must be aware of the personal dangers and risks of exposure to noise. Tympro can also conduct this process for you within your organisation.
Our approach consists of personal instruction upon delivery of the hearing protection, 'toolbox meetings' (information and training) provided to groups, and regular check-ups.
The Tympro 'toolbox meetings' focus on the users. These are tried and tested 45-minute presentations, held on site. During these presentations everyone becomes aware of what the risks are and how to prevent them. Thanks to the many practical examples the presentations appeal to everyone and often lead to animated discussions with the group.
Comfort and fit
Ultimately, the key to good hearing protection is finding the right balance between protection and comfort. Comfort is achieved through perfect individual fit and optimum communication.
Thanks to the unique adjustability of the Tympro otoplastics, the user can continue to communicate while the protection remains optimal. After all, hearing protection that is not worn is worthless.
Improving awareness is therefore a proven method to positively motivate all those involved and, in that manner, contributes to the success of the hearing loss prevention programme.
preventive recommendations and preventive action
A professional level of hearing protection can only be guaranteed by working on the basis of a carefully designed SAPP Protocol. After all, there are a number of variables that make it necessary to conduct regular preventive check-ups.
Changing noise levels
In the first place, it is important to monitor the noise levels regularly. Changes in the workplace can result in higher and/or lower noise levels. The damping adjustments of the otoplastics must then be adjusted accordingly.
It is important that both the users and the otoplastics undergo an annual check-up. The ear is an unusual organ in that it continues to grow our entire lives. Therefore it is essential that the otoplastics be checked for noise leaks every year. Annual preventive control of the damping adjustments on the noise filter is also necessary.
Employees move from one department or workplace to another. That often makes it difficult to keep track of things. Tympro provides a transparent, automated registration system for users, damping levels and check-ups. This way you always know the current status and employees are automatically notified when it is time for their check-up.
The appropriate personal hearing protection devices
Tympro otoplastics are the most advanced hearing protectors on the market. The Tympro otoplastics are unique because they are adjustable to accommodate the current noise level.
Tympro otoplastics consist of two parts.
- A hypoallergenic part that is worn in the ear.
- A highly advanced damper that can be adjusted and re-adjusted in steps of 1 dB(A) over a large range of noise intensity.
This damper reduces the noise to below 80 dB(A), which provides the wearer with sufficient protection against harmful noise without complete isolation from the surroundings.
Tympro Innovation Lab
Hearing protection can always be improved. The Tympro Innovation Lab is continuously at work on new innovations in collaboration with academic experts. Our goal is to attain perfect, adaptable protection, maximum comfort and optimum communication. The Tympro Innovation Lab is also a technical study group that studies the optimisation of hearing protection. We also develop mobile applications designed to dampen external noise while maintaining optimum communication.
Every year the Innovation Lab holds a Tympro Seminar during which our customers and business partners share their knowledge and experiences with each other. Tympro also takes this opportunity to provide an annual update on the latest developments in the field of hearing protection.