Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing and 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, including target shooters, motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians, construction workers and factory workers. The truth is that anyone subject to noise exposure may need to wear hearing protection to protect their long-term hearing.
Though store-bought earplugs offer some protection, custom earplugs and earmolds offer maximum protection and a comfortable fit that is designed specifically for your ears. As the name implies, custom earplugs are made custom to fit the unique contour of your ear. They offer more security in knowing that your ears have the best possible protection against hearing loss.
Whatever your unique lifestyle, there are custom solutions to fit your needs. Speak to your audiologist about the right solution for you.
Custom Sleep Plugs
“Sleep plugs” are often used for those who wish to diminish sounds in their environment while they are sleeping, such as snoring.
Custom Swim Plugs
Custom solutions are also available for other types of ear protection, such as custom ear plugs for swimmers. Swim plugs are used to keep water out of the ear while in the water. These molds are especially useful for those that have, or have had, chronic ear infections as they help to eliminate the water from entering and staying in the ear. They also work as hearing protection.
Custom Earmolds for Communication
Earmolds and earplugs are not just for those who wish to protect themselves from high noise levels. Custom solutions are also available for other types of ear protection and for communication purposes. Some earplugs are solid, while others come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing. Custom earmolds can make communication easier for a variety of professionals, such as broadcasters, law enforcement, emergency responders, sports teams and telemarketers. Having custom earmolds in each of these instances allows the individual to communicate with others.
Unlike passive protection, hunter’s plugs can suppress the gun shot, yet enhance low-level sounds instead of blocking them. This allows for increased situational awareness and the ability to carry on normal conversations, while still being protected from gunshot noise.
Musician’s Ear Plugs
Musicians have unique needs when it comes to hearing protection. They need to protect their hearing, but they also need to be able to hear their own music clearly, as well as hear other musicians’ music and voices while performing.
Conventional store-bought ear plugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling speech and sound in the process. They make music and voices very unclear and unnatural to listen to. While conventional hearing protection can reduce very high frequencies, this amount of hearing protection is typically not needed for musicians.
Most musicians do not need maximum protection. What they need is mid- to low-frequency protection. This can be accomplished through ear plugs that are specifically designed for musicians. These type of ear plugs are deep in order to allow the earmold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces what is known as occlusion, a hollow or boomy sound in the musicians own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality ear plugs. These type of deep-fit earmolds are popular with musicians because of the quality of sound they allow them to hear while practicing and performing.