What does “volume-limited output” mean?
CavCom was founded on a commitment to improve workplace safety and productivity through innovative hearing protection and 2-way communication products. In addition to hazardous background noise, 2-way radios and lapel speaker mics can also be quite loud, potentially adding to workplace noise exposures. CavCom‘s goal from our first manufacturing run in 1997 was to limit volume outputs from 2-way radios by way of our accessories. Our volume-limited earsets produce significantly lower sound levels than typical accessories, particularly single-ear listening devices.
Output level is only one factor affecting potential risk to hearing. In addition to how loud a sound is, it's important to know how long and how often the exposure occurs. Controlling all factors will help reduce the risk of over-exposure.
When purchasing a personal communication device, CavCom recommends companies take into account 3 important features:
- Binaural (both ear) listening provides significant hearing advantages
- Output-limited accessories promote safer listening levels
- Adequate hearing protection is essential in order to minimize background noise and reduce risk of hearing loss
For more information about enhancing safety and effective communication in your workplace, see this article from CavCom‘s SoundBytes newsletter. Please contact us if you have questions or when we can be of assistance with your hearing conservation program.