FAQs

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When should you wear hearing protection?

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Hearing protection should always be worn when exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 dBA. As a point of reference, a gas lawn mower is 90 dBA. Also, noise exposure has an accumulative negative effect on human hearing. Even short exposures over time can permanently damage your hearing.

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What is soundproofing?

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Soundproofing is a general term and probably the most commonly used when describing sound blocking. In a nutshell, sound proofing is essentially raising the degree of acoustic isolation between a given space and it's outer surroundings.

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Does fiberglass batting in between wall studs block sound?

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No. Fiberglass batting is a lightweight absorptive material that will not block sound. It's purpose is to prevent sound energy from bouncing around between the studs. It also has thermal insulation properties.

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Will fiberglass or foam panels block sound?

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No. A material's ability to block sound is a direct relationship to its mass. The heavier the material, the more sound it will block. Absorptive products such as fiberglass or melamine foam manufactured for acoustic applications will prevent sound from bouncing off of hard surfaces such as drywall that create a noisy reverberant space,  but they do not prevent sound from passing through them. Only heavy dense materials will block sound.