Ear protection is important for anyone who works or has hobbies in a high-noise environment including motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians and anyone working in the construction or manufacturing industry. Did you know hearing lawn mowers, chain saws, truck engines and going to loud rock concerts can do damage to your ears?
22 million Americans are exposed to potential damaging noise levels each year. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss. You may think that store bought ear plugs will be enough protection but getting custom ear molds or ear plugs made will give you the maximum protection your ears need while fitting to your exact ear.
Ear molds come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and types. The most popular styles are full and half shell with full shells being used for high level noise exposure and half shells used for mid level noise exposure. Some ear molds come with a filtered attenuator, which allows verbal communication while still protecting hearing. This type of ear mold is popular with musicians and other people who work in noisy environments. They can come in electronic and non electronic models and can be fit over earbud headphones and under pilot headsets. These custom ear molds will fit your exact ear shape and are a great option if you are having trouble getting ear plugs to fit securely. Custom ear molds offer some of the best hearing protection available.
To be fit for custom ear molds, you will need to make an appointment with an audiologist. They will take a silicone mold of your ear and create the mold from the impression. These molds are made of high quality materials, they are comfortable in your ears and are reusable and washable for better hygiene.
Earplugs are meant to be worn in the ear canal only. Some earplugs are solid but others allow for more sound to pass through. Specialized earplugs are made for musicians and medical professionals who still want to hear most of their surroundings as their ears are being protected.
Ear molds and ear plugs are recommended not just for people who want to protect their hearing from high noise levels but can be used for sleeping, hunters and swimmers. Protect your hearing and wear ear molds or ear plugs whether they are bought over the counter or custom made by your audiologist.
Lakeshore Audiology can fit and manufacture for your custom ear molds and ear plugs. Call us today at 716-674-4188 to make an appointment with an audiologist to get your hearing checked and see if you should be fit for something customized for your ear.
Article adapted from: https://advancedhearingcare.org/earmolds-and-ear-plugs