Every person is exposed to noise, and nearly all of us are exposed at some point to sounds that damage our hearing. Because of this exposure and risk of hearing damage, it has become critical to regularly wear hearing protection – whether it’s work or play.
Hearing protection products are now available everywhere. They are mandatory in many industrial and construction environments. There are general protection products and specific ones designed for a particular activity.
Hearing protection items come in two general categories: earphones and earplugs. Each has a purpose, whether you’re looking for something that provides more powerful protection or simply want something comfortable to wear. Some products allow specific sounds through and some muffle all sound, while some are designed to eliminate sound.
Sound Advice audiologists can quickly determine which product best suits your needs with a quick visit to our office. We offer some of the most popular ear protection products that can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
Earmolds for protection
Custom earmolds are plastic hearing protection holders made from a soft impression of your ear. Many hearing protection products require a custom fit. The earmold is used for hearing aids and hearing protection devices.
Shooting and hunting
The premise for all hearing protection is to prevent harmful sound from reaching the eardrum. Shooter’s earphones allow some sound to reach the ear, but a mechanism closes instantly when the shockwave of a gunshot is set off. This valve mechanism is designed to allow hunters and others to communicate while protecting against concussive noise.
Construction and heavy industry
Earplugs and earmuffs of many styles are designed to stop the loud noise that surrounds construction sites, but some earmuffs are attenuated to allow speech to be heard apart from this noise. These worksite earmuffs are designed to allow workers to hear instructions or warnings in case they are isolated on the site.
Swimmers and divers
Earplugs play a major role in protecting the hearing of those constantly in the water. Swimmers and divers, emergency water service personnel and children should all take advantage of water protection plugs. Water and pressure can damage hearing.
Musicians and venue workers
One of the biggest culprits of hearing loss is the loud, concussive rock music venue. Musicians, technicians and even food service workers in these venues need hearing protection.
In the case of musicians, specialized earphones and earplugs are designed to allow the music frequencies through to the ear while reducing the volume. These musicians’ monitors also allow musicians to hear speech better while gathered on stage.
Hunting, shooting and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.
Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.
For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.
Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Also great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.
Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.
Designed to prevent surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear caused by exposure to cold water and wind. The floatable material is molded with a sealed membrane spanning the sound bore that keeps cold water and air out of the ear canal, but allows for conversation and hearing while in the ear.
Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.
For use with any bud/button style earphones.
Amplification for situational awareness, as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.
Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots.
Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.