New Howard Leight Accessories Improve Earmuff Convenience and Comfort

Smithfield, RI -- Hearing protection leader Howard Leight has introduced two new accessories for its broad line of earmuffs: a Polar Hood™, specifically designed to be worn with earmuffs, which ensures optimal attenuation for workers exposed to cold climates who also require hearing protection; and the Slim Belt Clip designed to provide handy storage when earmuffs are not in use.

"If you've ever had to wear earmuffs in frigid, windy conditions, like on an airport tarmac, you know you have two choices," said Renee S. Bessette, Marketing Manager for Sperian Hearing Protection. "You can wear a hood over your earmuffs and let the wind blow under it, or you can wear a hood under your earmuffs and compromise hearing protection. This new Polar Hood design keeps you warm and allows a proper acoustic seal so earmuffs can protect your hearing."

Compatible with all Howard Leight® earmuffs, the balaclava-style Polar Hood provides protection in cold climates while ensuring optimal earmuff attenuation. Patented side panels eliminate any gaps between the earcup and ear, forming a tight acoustic seal around the ears--without distorting sound or attenuation. Its weatherproof design provides warmth and protection; ideal for construction workers, oil/gas/petrochemical, food production and other workers exposed to cold weather conditions. A seal around the face prevents further exposure, and the adjustable design includes a front zipper for ventilation and a foldaway visor. Bright green trim enhances visibility and safety outdoors. The Polar Hood is available in two sizes, small/medium and large/extra large.

"The Slim Belt Clip solves a problem people seldom consider," said Bessette. "For workers exposed to intermittent noise hazards, and especially for supervisors who are often in and out of noise hazard areas, keeping earmuffs handy and accessible can be a serious issue. The Slim Belt Clip solves their problem conveniently."

The Slim Belt Clip is easy to attach to a belt or pants pocket. It has a low profile so it is not in the way when not in use, and is very lightweight. Earmuff headbands simply slip onto the underside of the clip and remain readily accessible when entering or experiencing hazardous noise.

From its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight by Sperian has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of hearing protectors in the industrial market and the recognized innovator in protection and people-oriented fit. Howard Leight offers the widest variety of earplugs and bands, ranging from the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug, to SmartFit® with Conforming Material Technology--which delivers a more personalized fit--to our convenient Leight® Source dispensers. Utilizing Bilsom® Technology, Howard Leight earmuffs raise the bar on innovative design, performance and comfort, with features like padded wire headbands, high-visibility designs, unique sound management technologies and multi-level attenuation options. Visit Howard Leight online at http://www.howardleight.com

With nearly 6000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext's Eurolist and on the SBF120.

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