Custom Hearing Protection

The industrial and technological advancements of the last century may have driven civilization to higher levels of progress. But these developments have also made the planet a much noisier place to live in. Noise pollution is, in reality, a growing environmental threat and can be found almost everywhere.

Continued or prolonged exposures to high-intensity sound ultimately may cause acoustic ear trauma. This trauma can lead to hearing loss, ear ringing (tinnitus), and dizziness (vertigo), as well as non-auditory symptoms such as heart rate rises and blood pressure, rises.

One-third of the 30 million Americans with hearing loss have the condition at least partially due to prolonged exposure to noise. This is a shame when you consider that it is an entirely preventable cause of hearing loss.


When does it get too loud?

If you have to yell to be heard by your friend standing a few feet away from you, it's too loud, and you and the person you're yelling at is putting your hearing safety at risk.

The key is the number of decibels. Some sounds that are louder than 85 decibels (dB) harm your ears. To put that in perspective, a regular conversation is about 60 dB, a personal hearing aid with earbuds can reach up to 100 dB, a nearby thunderclap is about 120 dB, and a gunshot range is 140-190 dB!

Although listening to sounds at 85 dB for a few hours is unlikely to damage you, hearing loss becomes almost immediate and permanent once the sounds exceed 120 dB.

Here are the leading causes of noise-induced hearing loss.

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Noise on the job

Every year, as many as 22 million employees are exposed to potentially hazardous noise in their workplace. Unchecked levels of sound and the resultant harm to the hearing result in millions of dollars in compensation annually.

Some of the noisiest industries include:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Education (ask an elementary school teacher about this)
  • Food and beverage services
  • Military and defense

Noise from leisure pursuits

Hunting

Hunting, or going down to shooting range after a long day, can be a great escape. But be wary.  A single gunshot's noise is equal to the sound produced by a jet engine, reaching up to 110-140 decibels - or even higher. A 0.22-caliber rifle can create about 140 decibels of noise, while pistols can go up to 175 decibels!

Most people may wear protective equipment at the shooting range, but hunters prefer to leave this equipment at home when going out into the forest. It makes sense for hunters to be vigilant and have the total capacity to listen to the wildlife around them. However, it is essential to bear in mind that one-time noise exposure at this level can lead to a permanent loss of hearing. Regular hunters are especially at risk because repeated noise exposure at this level is even more detrimental.

Live music

For musicians, doing what they love on a regular basis can easily lead to hearing loss.

Whether they are classical violinists or metal band drummers, musicians register a higher rate of hearing loss than the general public. Indeed, professional musicians have a four-fold risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and are 57 percent more likely to develop tinnitus, according to a study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

You might say that the very sensory abilities that allow musicians to excel are at stake if they don’t take steps to protect themselves.

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How to protect your hearing

Unlike other causes of hearing loss, noise-caused hearing loss is preventable! You must take action now to protect your hearing against harmful levels of noise. The easiest way to do this is to use hearing protection.

There are specialized hearing protection systems based on your choice of leisure pursuit.

Earplugs for musicians
You don't have to be a musician to appreciate the earplugs for musicians. If you're an avid concert-goer, enjoy weekends at the pub, or sometimes find yourself in very loud environments, musicians' earplugs will protect your ears without distorting the sound. You'll be able to hear the music you love without endangering your hearing health.
Shooter's earplugs
These are fitted with sound filters that block out noisy noises while filtering quiet, conversational, and ambient sounds. They can provide heavy-duty protection against gunshots and are thus very good at delivering ear protection in indoor gun ranges. They are perfect for hunters, too, because of their ability to let in softer sounds.
Consider custom-fitted hearing protection
Invest in a pair of custom-molded earplugs for the ultimate in comfort and hearing protection. These are built to fit within your ear snugly and are both very comfortable and secure. Whatever your needs, we can provide custom hearing protection to suit you.