Hearing Protection

Custom Hearing Protection That Fits Your Ears

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

You’re probably familiar with this saying and you probably agree with it.

What if we told you that some kinds of hearing loss can be prevented?

You’re probably not aware that other than presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noise (noise-induced hearing loss) is the leading cause of acquired hearing loss, especially in those between the ages of 17 and 65.

Whether you participate in sports and activities that involve a lot of noise, swim, dive or surf, or you are exposed to occupational noise (e.g., construction workers, factory workers, law enforcement, musicians, etc.), there are solutions to prevent damage to your hearing and allow you to hear better for longer.

Although there are plenty of OTC earplug options available, over-the-counter solutions don’t always provide enough protection or the right protection. To ensure that your ears are protected from the damage that can cause you to lose your hearing, your best choice is custom hearing protection.

Custom-hearing protection

Where can I find custom hearing protection near me?

In addition to advanced technology hearing aids, Hearing Aid Source can also provide you with advanced technology custom hearing protection, which you can ask for at either our Scarborough or Toronto clinic.

FAQs About
Custom Hearing Protection

When should hearing protection be worn?

If you are exposed to ongoing noise levels above 85 dB (decibels) for up to eight hours, you should be using hearing protection. However, for each 3 dB increase, exposure time should be cut in half. The following chart shows the amount of time you can be exposed to various sound intensities before damage occurs.

When should I use custom hearing protection?

Those who work in a high-noise environment (e.g., pilots, musicians, construction workers, factory workers, etc.) are typically required to wear specialized hearing protection. However, even if you don’t work in a loud noise environment, you could be doing damage to your hearing due to noise levels that are a part of your regular activities and lifestyle, including:

  • Lawn mowers.
  • Truck engines.
  • Motorcycles.
  • Garbage trucks.
  • Chain saws.
  • Pneumatic drills.
  • Concerts.
  • Major sporting events.
  • Bars and nightclubs.
  • Gunshots.
  • Fireworks and firecrackers.

Should I use hearing protection for swimming and other water activities?

Loud noise is not the only thing that can damage your ears. You should also guard against “surfer’s ear” (bone growth that occurs in the ear canal in response to cold water) and “swimmer’s ear” (caused from water being stuck in the ear canal causing a bacterial infection) by using hearing protection designed for those activities.

What does NRR mean for hearing protection?

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is a unit of measurement used to determine the effectiveness of hearing protection devices. NRR relates to the potential of the device to reduce noise in decibels (dB). Higher NRR numbers mean that your hearing protection has a greater potential for noise reduction.

What do musicians earplugs do?

Musicians earplugs come in two different types: hearing protection plugs and monitoring plugs. Protection plugs are designed to reduce the sound intensity or volume of the music being performed without altering its tonal quality. Monitoring plugs also provide protection, but they allow the performer to hear the music being played at a comfortable level through the earplugs rather than relying on traditional on-stage monitors.

How Custom Hearing Protection Is Better than Over-the-Counter Options

The biggest drawback of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing protection is related to how they fit. In addition to being uncomfortable, OTC earplugs do not create a tight seal, so sound leaks through the cracks and they completely muffle all sound.

Because they are uncomfortable to wear for an extended period and because they are not as effective, users tend to give up on them. OTC earplug users are usually not satisfied with the tonal quality and the sound of their own voice while wearing them.

In contrast, custom hearing protection is formed to fit the unique contours of your ears, making them more comfortable and more secure, which means you also have greater assurance that your hearing protection will stay in place during aggressive activity.

Custom hearing protection also means that your hearing protection is suited to the specific activity you’re engaged in, such as:

  • Accurate frequency response that allows a full range of sounds but at reduced volume.
  • Venting, which allows sound to pass both ways, so your voice sounds more natural inside your ears.
  • Precision-engineered filters, which deliver measured sound reduction for clear, natural sound.
  • Less irritation and discomfort because they are made of medical-grade silicone.
  • Interchangeable sound filters, which allow you to use the same hearing protection for a wide range of activities by inserting the necessary level of sound protection for each activity or situation.
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Custom Hearing Protection Available at Hearing Aid Source

With custom hearing protection, you don’t have to change your lifestyle, because you get the right kind of protection for the activities you love. Whether for work, sports, hobbies, home improvement, lawn and garden care, swimming, surfing, hunting and a wide range of activities, we’ve got you covered with:

  • Molded protection for shooting and hunting.
  • Molded protection for construction and industrial equipment.
  • Molded protection while using lawn and garden tools, chainsaws, motorcycles and snowmobiles.
  • Molded earplugs for concerts and sporting events.
  • Molded earplugs and in-ear monitors for musicians or for listening to music through your personal player.
  • Molded earplugs for swimmers to prevent surfer’s ear or swimmer’s ear.
Find out more about the custom hearing protection available from Hearing Aid Source by submitting the adjacent form.

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