Hearing protection is an important part of looking after your hearing health.  Ideally, you should be wearing hearing protection whenever you are around really loud noises, such as if you are at a construction site or at a concert. They reduce the risk of getting any kind of hearing damage, which is exactly what you need from your protection. Keep reading to find information on which type is the best for you.


The first kind of hearing protection that we are going to be looking at is earplugs. There are multiple types of earplugs, and you should look into all the different varieties to see if any suit you better than another. For example, there are earplugs that mold to the shape of your ears for the most amount of coverage and noise blockage. These are extremely helpful if you are going swimming and want to avoid getting water in your ears and doing damage this way, or for when you are at a concert. Don’t worry; you can still hear through these earplugs, especially when the volume is high, so you’re not going to miss anything.

Or, you can get the standard foam earplugs that you just insert into your ear. They are good at what they do, but they might not allow for protection at places like concerts. These are good if you are avoiding someone snoring next to you at night time or if you are around loud appliances such as a washing machine.

Ear defenders

Ear defenders are like earplugs, but they don’t go inside the ear. Instead of this, they go over your head and look like headphones. They go over your ears and the surrounding area so that they can block out the noise from wherever you are. These are fantastic if you work on a construction site, and you will often see workers at these sites wearing ear defenders as their form of protection. They are easy to put on and take off, making them a convenient option for those who want to wear them.

Canal caps

Canal caps are useful for noise that comes and goes. These are not a particularly common form of hearing protection these days, but they are good at what they do. They are typically attached to a headband or chin band, and they can be put in when they are needed. They are easy to put in and take out, making them a convenient option.

We hope you have found this article helpful and now see some of the types of hearing protection you can use. You should also have some kind of idea as to what type of hearing protection is going to be right for you based on your individual needs. If you would like to know more about hearing protection and would like some formal advice, book an appointment with your audiologist.