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 and 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. Anyone subject to high noise exposure will 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, loud music, chain saws, pneumatic drills, rock concerts, gun shots, and jet engines, to name a few.
Though conventional store-bought earplugs offer good hearing protection, custom earplugs offer a more 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. If you cannot get a comfortable or secure fit with conventional earplugs, then custom earplugs may be for you.
Custom earplugs can be ordered with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing. This style is popular with musicians or anyone who wants to still hear clearly but at a softer level. These types of earplugs come in both electronic and non-electronic models.
Custom earplugs are not just for those who wish to protect themselves from high noise levels. Custom solutions are also available for swimmers, for sleeping, for use under a helmet, for radio communications, for listening to music, and many other activities.
Whatever your unique lifestyle, your Audiologist has custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important. Take care to protect it for today and for the future. If you work in a high-noise environment, it's important to have regular hearing appointments to check for early indications of hearing loss. Speak with your Audiologist today about the right solution for you.