Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to hearing.  Often times hearing loss from prolonged noise is detected too late.  This usually means the hearing loss is irreversible.

Hearing protection is important for anyone who is regularly exposed to a loud environment.   This includes:  construction and factory workers, musicians, target shooters and hunters, motorcyclists, airline employees, farmers and many more.  Anyone subject to loud noise may need to wear hearing protection.

Repeat exposure to the following noises can be dangerous:  concerts, lawn equipment, truck engines, motorcycles, chain saws, pneumatic tools, and gun shots; these are just examples, many other loud noises can cause damage.

While store-bought earplugs do offer some protection, custom earplugs and earmolds are more comfortable and offer maximum protection.  They are custom fit for your ears to provide the best possible protection.

Custom Earmolds and Ear Plugs

Earmolds come in a variety of styles.  Earmolds can be made from hard materials or they can be made from softer materials.  The full-shell and half-shell styles are the most popular.  For a high level noise, the full-shell are used, while mid-level noise exposure might only require a half-shell.  Your hearing professional will discuss your specific noise levels and recommend the earmold type best suited for you.

Depending on your needs, your hearing professional may recommend an earmold with a filtered attenuator to allow for verbal communications, these are popular with musicians.  Earmolds may also have electronics to engage when the noise level reaches a certain threshold. 

Custom earmolds are made to fit your ear, they provide a better secure fit than traditional store-bought earplugs. 

Earplugs are typically in-the-canal only.  As with earmolds, earplugs can be solid or have openings to allow some sound to pass through.  Specialty earplugs are available for shooters, musicians, swimmers and others who wish to protect their hearing.  Earplugs may have removal cords, colors choices or other options.

Talk to your hearing professional about a custom solution to fit your hearing protection needs!