Custom Hearing Protection
Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing. In fact, noise exposure is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure is often detected too late, meaning the hearing loss is usually irreversible.
Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment, whether occupationally or socially. The truth is that anyone subject to noise exposure may need to wear hearing protection to protect their hearing. The following noises are especially dangerous with repeat exposure: lawn mowers, truck engines, motorcycles, garbage trucks, chain saws, pneumatic drills, rock concerts, gun shots, and jet engines, to name a few.
Though store-bought earplugs offer some protection, custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection and a comfortable fit that is designed specifically for your ears. They offer more security in knowing that your ears have the best possible protection against hearing loss.
Earmolds come in a wide variety of sizes and types. Some earmolds are solid, and some are soft or spongy. The most popular styles are full shell and half shell. Full shell earmolds are generally for high-level noise exposure, while half shell are for mid-level noise exposure. The type of earmold your hearing professional recommends will depend on your individual needs.
Some earmolds come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing, which is popular with musicians. These types of earmolds come in both electronic and non-electronic models. Earmolds are also popular for fitting over certain earbud headphones, under pilot boom-mic headsets, and other specialty uses.
As the name implies, custom earmolds are made custom to fit the unique contour of your ear. If you cannot get a comfortable or secure fit with traditional earplugs, custom earmolds may be for you. They offer some of the best hearing protection available.
Earplugs are hearing protection that are usually for the canal only. Some earplugs are solid, while others allow for more sound to pass through. Specialty earplugs can be custom fit for your ear canal, and are usually more comfortable than traditional earplugs. Custom earplugs come both with or without handles or detachable cords.
Specialized earplugs are available for musicians and medical professionals who still want the ability to hear most of their surroundings while protecting their hearing. Below are a few types of Specialty Earplugs.
Musician plugs are custom hearing protection with a special filter that attenuates harmful noise without distorting the sound. This is especially important for musicians that need to hear their instruments, or surrounding instruments without distortion.
Snore plugs are custom made earplugs designed with sleeping in mind. They are a low profile design, which makes them perfect to wear while sleeping, to help block out snoring.
Swim plugs are custom made earplugs to keep water out of your ears while swimming or bathing. These are helpful for those prone to “swimmer’s ear” or any other issue where it is important for the ears to remain dry. Swim plugs can also help in keeping the wind and cold out of your ears. They provide a water-tight seal and float, so they are easily seen in the water.
Other Custom Made Molds
There are various other occupations that might also require custom earmolds or earplugs (target shooters, motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians, construction workers and factory workers, newscaster, race car driver, dentist, to name a few).
Whatever your unique lifestyle, your hearing professional has custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important. Take care to protect it for today and for the future. If you work or play in a high-noise environment, it's important to have regular hearing appointments to check for early indications of hearing loss.
If you require custom hearing protection, or are interested in finding out if it's right for you, come speak with one of our friendly, helpful hearing specialists to help you determine which product best suits your needs.