Custom Earmolds And Earplugs

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One of the most common causes of hearing loss is a prolonged or a sudden exposure to noise. Once this type of hearing loss is detected, it is usually too late. The hearing loss is irreversible at this point.

Anyone working in a high noise exposure environment, such as working a construction site, in a music or sports venue, or working around noisy vehicles, should take hearing protection very seriously. Those working in these types of environments should wear something to protect their long-term hearing.

Especially dangerous noises that provide repeat exposure are:

  • Truck engines
  • Lawn mowers
  • Motorcycles
  • Chain saws
  • Garbage trucks
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Gun shots
  • Musical concerts
  • Jet engines

Earplugs bought over the counter are able to provide some protection, but custom ear plugs and ear molds provide not only maximum protection, but also a much more comfortable fit, designed particularly for your ears. This provides you with the secure feeling that you are getting the best protection possible against later hearing loss

Custom Earmolds

Earmolds are sold in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. They can be either a spongy, soft material or more solid. Depending on the level of noise exposure, you can get earmolds that are full-shell or half-shell. Full-shell molds would be used for noise exposure that is at a high level, while half shell molds would be used for noises that are at a mid-level of exposure. A hearing professional will help you assess which type is better for your needs.

Some earmolds are equipped with a filtered attenuator. This allows for the ability to hear verbal communication, but at the same time protects hearing from other environmental noises. They are often used by musicians and those working in other noisy environments. These kinds of earmolds are sold in electronic, as well as non-electronic styles. Another reason earmolds are so popular is that they are able to fit over some earbud headphones, under mic headsets used by pilots and for other special uses.

Custom earmolds are designed to fit your ear uniquely. They provide a better, more comfortable fit than over the counter earplugs.

Custom Earplugs

Earplugs are made to be worn only in the ear canal. They can be designed to allow very little sound or more sound to pass through. For those working in a profession where they still want to be able to hear their surroundings, such as medical workers or musicians, specialized earplugs can be purchased.

You would choose specialty ear plugs for a more custom fit to your ear canal. They are usually more comfortable compared to non-custom earplugs. They can even be made with handles or cords that are detachable.

Custom earmolds and earplugs are not only made to protect against high levels of noise, but are also a solution for other activities, such as hunting, swimming and sleeping.

Protecting your hearing now and for the future is essential. No matter what your lifestyle, there is a good solution for your needs. If you work in an environment that has a high level of noise pollution, make an appointment to see a specialist to test for early signs of hearing loss. It’s important to be checked early to prevent further damage. Your hearing health is important.

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