The best way to prevent hearing loss from occurring in the first place is to protect your ears from sustaining damage.
Sound can begin to damage a person’s hearing when it reaches 85 decibels (dB) or louder when exposed to for extended periods of time. While a typical conversation, which occurs at 60 dB, isn’t loud enough to impose any damage, other everyday noises can damage our ears and inevitably cause hearing loss over time. For example:
- The whirls of a garbage disposal or dishwasher is between 75 and 85 dB (depending on the brand and model). Possible damage occurs after eight hours of exposure
- The roars of garbage trucks, farm tractors, motorcycles and jackhammers range between 100 and 110 dB and can cause serious damage after eight hours of exposure.
- The clap of thunder and the reel of a chainsaw are 120 dB, cause pain to the ear.
To protect your ears, our audiologists at Physicians Hearing Center recommend hearing protection. Many pharmacies and drugstores offer over-the-counter earplugs and earmuffs, which can provide some amount of hearing protection. However, these solutions can fall out and often don’t provide sealed solutions, keeping individuals at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
The best solution for protecting yourself against hearing loss is a custom hearing protection solution, such as the earplugs and earmolds made by your caring audiologists at Physicians Hearing Center.
Custom earplugs and earmolds
Custom earplugs and earmolds provide the best defense against hearing loss with the most comfortable and secure fit. Earplugs are squishy, cone-shaped inserts that are gently placed into the ear canal. Earmolds are larger than earplugs, as they are designed to fill the entire contour of the outer ear shell. Earmolds offer a tighter seal, providing more a more protective barrier against the potentially damaging sound. Contact your audiologist today to learn more about custom earplugs and earmolds.
Earplugs and earmolds are suitable for individuals who enjoy all sorts of activities, including:
- Music or sports fans
Solutions for musicians
In addition to providing custom earplugs and earmolds, Physicians Hearing Center provides monitors for musicians. After all, a musician needs to be able to hear the music around them without it causing damage to their hearing. That’s why, with a monitor, a musician can hear other tones and sounds without having to suffer it at a volume that would damage their hearing. Using monitors in conjunction with custom made earmolds enable musicians to take better control of their hearing protection and empower them to have longer-lasting careers. Learn more about how the audiologists at Physicians Hearing Center can help you today.
Hearing Protection Products We Offer Include:
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.