More about our Choice of Earplugs

Don't settle for less than the best protection which actually carries CE Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) on the packaging and are approved  to standards. There are many flooding the market at the moment. The earplugs we selected are shaped to the ear channel and comfortable with a NRR of 28:

Our 'vuvuzela unPlugged™' zip-lock bags contain are no other than the industrial Perfect Fit earplugs - approved by the SABS for compliance with the limits specified in SABS 1451 (1988) Part 2 and manufactured locally in Cape Town, South Africa by a reputable supplier (that we cannot name any longer due to circumvention). We have white labelled the product as part of an agreement and selected the supplier due to its job creation focus.

These are low pressure earplugs which virtually eliminates pressure on the ear canal, making the earplugs an extremely comfortable earplug for long term usage.

Tapered and pre-shaped, these earplugs are designed to follow the contour of the ear canal, providing easy insertion and a comfortable, natural seal. The winged end promotes optimum insertion depth, and easy grasp for removal.

The packaging is beneath, but can also be branded - given quantities and lead times.

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The vuvuzela was found to emit an ear piercing noise of 127 decibels - louder than a lawnmower (90 dB) and a chainsaw (100 dB). Extended exposure at just 85 decibels puts us at a risk of permanent noise induced hearing loss. When subjected to 100 dB or more, hearing damage can occur in just 15 minutes.

Once your hearing is damaged, that's it!

The most popular football fan instruments from across the world were tested in a soundproof studio as part of Hear the World, a global initiative by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak to raise awareness about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss.

Second most harmful to our ears was the air-horn, popular with English football fans, which exposes our ears to damage-inducing levels of 123.6 dB. This was followed by the drum, which reached a level of 122 decibels.

Popular with supporters on the stands as well as being used on the pitch, the referee's whistle was the fourth most harmful to our ears at 121.8 dB, but passionate fans alone can be just as problematic - two singing supporters reached 121.6 dB.

Robert Beiny, UK and European Audiologist of the Year said:
"To put it in perspective, when a sound is increased by ten decibels our ears perceive it as being twice as loud, so we would consider the vuvuzela to be more than double the volume of the cowbell."

Prevention is key

He continues: "It's not just while sitting in the stands at a match that hearing damage can happen. Our ears can be exposed to damaging noise levels when in the pub surrounded by excited cheering fans, or even while at home, with people often turning the sound on their television up very loud in order to create an atmosphere when watching from their sofa.

"My advice to fans would be to enjoy the atmosphere that the World Cup creates, but also to consider their hearing. Give your ears a break from the noisy atmosphere at half time, or if you are one of the lucky ones heading to a live game, remember to take some earplugs along - once the damage is done it is irreversible, so prevention is key."