Custom Ear Molds and Ear Plugs
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.
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.
Custom Ear Molds
Ear molds come in a wide variety of sizes and types. Some ear molds are solid, and some are soft or spongy. The most popular styles are full-shell and half-shell. Full-shell ear molds are generally for high-level noise exposure, while half-shell are for mid-level noise exposure. The type of ear mold your audiologist recommends will depend on your individual needs.
Some ear molds come with a filtered attenuator, which allows for verbal communication while still protecting hearing. These types of ear molds come in both electronic and non-electronic models, and are popular with musicians. Ear molds are also popular for fitting over certain earbud headphones, under pilot boom-mic headsets, and other specialty uses.
As the name implies, custom ear molds are made custom to fit the unique contour of your ear. If you cannot get a comfortable or secure fit with traditional ear plugs, custom ear molds may be for you.
Custom Ear Plugs
Ear plugs are hearing protection that are usually for the canal only. Some ear plugs are solid, while others allow for more sound to pass through. Specialized ear plugs are available for musicians and medical professionals who still want the ability to hear most of their surroundings while protecting their hearing.
Specialty ear plugs can be custom fit for your ear canal, and are usually more comfortable than traditional ear plugs. Custom ear plugs come both with or without handles or detachable cords.
Ear molds and ear plugs 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, such as custom ear plugs for swimmers.
Though store-bought ear plugs offer some protection, custom ear molds and ear plugs 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.
Whatever your unique lifestyle, we have custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important. If you live or work in a high-noise environment, it's important to have regular hearing appointments to check for early indications of hearing loss. Speak with our audiologists today about the right solution for you.