OK Scrollers, and anyone else, I need some help and information. I went to see an ENT for one of those check up things. After a lot of questions he was none too happy that I scrollsaw or anything else related to power tools. Now I use a DeWalt (52DB there) and a bucket head vac. but I can find its noise rating. I have been wearing the over the head earmuffs (with a 25DB noise reduction rating). Today after a lot of research I purchase some of the foam inserts as a second level of protection.
Now the question, in general, is “what do you use” and “have you experienced any issues with hearing while prolong use of a scrollsaw. My ENT’s suggestion was “give it up”. Well I will give up most any tool in my shop however he is going to get a fight over the scrollsaw.
On solution is that I could turn off the vac. until the very end and then clean up the area. That would reduce the exposure to that noise level.
A second idea is that I could enclose the vac. in some sound damping material or case to help with its noise.
I read online that only noise above 90DB for prolonged periods is harmful. Well what is one to do – any input would be greatly appreciated.
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