Ear plugs

Have you ever wondered if you were inserting your ear plugs correctly? We have put together step-by-step instructions to make it as easy as possible.

Protecting your hearing

Many construction tasks, tools and equipment produce high levels of noise which can lead to irreversible hearing problems. Once the microscopic hair cells of your inner ear are destroyed, they never grow back.

Exposing your ears for even 15 minutes to a 85>Db (decibel) noise – i.e., the noise levels of industrial equipment can have cause serious harm.

Hearing protections such as ear plugs and ear muffs are designed to reduce the intensity or loudness of sound. They should be fitted properly and worn on any noisy work site.

How to insert ear plugs


1. Grab one of your ear plugs

Holding plug

2. Pinch your ear plug with both hands

Pinching plug

3. Roll in back and forward between your fingers to compress it as much as possible

Roll plug

4. Squeeze to ensure it is as narrow as possible

Squeeze plug

 5. Grab the top of your ear with your opposite hand to open up your ear canal

Pull ear back

6. Insert the compressed ear plug into your ear while still pulling the top of your ear back

Insert into ear

7. Twist the plug to help it go in

Twist into ear

8. Once it is in as far as is comfortable, hold the ear plug by pressing it in until you feel the plug fully re-expand. This may take around one minute.

Hold in


9.  Done! A correctly inserted ear plug should look like this. You should not be able to see the plug standing front on. To remove the earplug, pull the end of the plug and twist it out.



Note: the example below is of an incorrectly inserted ear plug. If you are having trouble correctly fitting your ear plugs you may need to get a supplier to do a demonstration on site.



For more information about noise on site

Noise in Construction