Many individuals often don’t think about how complex the hearing process actually is, but once we begin to lose some of our hearing, we quickly realize how delicate our ears are. Hearing loss can creep up on you and in the instance of noise induced hearing loss, an impairment caused by exposure to loud sounds, the damage can be permanent. That’s why at The Hearing Care Professionals we are strong advocates for preserving your healthy hearing and preventing hearing loss before it begins.
Over 15% of Americans suffer from noise induced hearing loss, and in many cases it occurs after repeated exposure to sounds that you wouldn’t normally classify as harmful. Hair dryers, garbage trucks, and city traffic can all register well above our ear’s threshold for sound, which is 85 decibels. Fun activities like rock concerts, car races, or hunting can bring even louder noises to your ears, and after a while the delicate parts of your ears begin to become affected.
Thankfully, custom made ear plugs and earmolds are an easy solution to noise prevention, and are manufactured in a wide range of styles to meet your individual needs. These options work to create a secure and comfortable fit, thus protecting your ears from damaging sounds while allowing you to enjoy your favorite activities. Custom hearing protection is ideal for:
- Air traffic controllers
- Musicians (Musician In-ear Monitors or IEMs)
- Concert fans
- Industrial & Construction personnel
- Sleep plug users
- Law Enforcement
It may seem attractive to purchase inexpensive ear plugs at your local pharmacy, but these products are not designed to last long or fully protect your ears. As each person’s ear canal is uniquely shaped, a store-bought ear plug can only do so much. Many of our patients find that in addition to ear plugs or swim plugs, in-ear-monitors are incredibly valuable. These devices can even be fitted with an attenuator to allow you to communicate with others while wearing them.
We only get one set of ears, and although hearing aids can perform some incredible feats, the best plan of action is to actively work to preserve your natural hearing ability. If you are interested in learning more about noise induced hearing loss or want to explore our range of custom ear plugs and earmolds available, contact us today.