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Custom Earmolds and Earplugs

Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing and is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure is often detected too late, meaning the hearing loss is usually irreversible.

Hearing protection is extremely important for anyone who is regularly in a high-noise environment, including target shooters, motorcyclists, airline pilots, musicians, construction workers and factory workers. The truth is that anyone subject to noise exposure should wear hearing protection to protect their hearing long-term.

The following common noises are especially dangerous with repeat exposure: lawn mowers, truck engines, motorcycles, garbage trucks, chain saws, pneumatic drills, rock concerts, gun shots, and jet engines, to name a few.

Though store-bought earplugs offer some protection especially if inserted properly into the ear canal. Custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection and a comfortable fit that is designed specifically for your ears. They offer more security in knowing that your ears have the best possible protection against hearing loss.

Custom Earmolds for Hearing Instruments

Earmolds come in a wide variety of sizes and types. Some earmolds are solid, and some are soft or spongy. The most popular styles are full shell and canal style. Full shell earmolds are generally for high-amplification needs to control feedback and unsure optimal hearing. Canal style are for milder loss. The type of earmold your hearing professional recommends will depend on your individual needs, but can often be customized for your own personal request; such as colors.

Earmolds are also popular for fitting over certain earbud headphones so they the earbud stays placed in the ear properly, under airplane pilot boom-mic headsets, and other specialty uses such as TV news casting.

Custom Earplugs

Earplugs are hearing protection that are usually for the canal only. Some earplugs are solid, while others allow for more sound to pass through. Specialized earplugs are available for musicians and other professionals who still want the ability to hear most of their surroundings while protecting their hearing, such as dentists protecting from drill noise. Some earplugs come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing. These types of earmolds come in both electronic and non-electronic models.

Specialty earplugs can be custom fit for your ear, and are usually more comfortable than traditional earplugs. Custom earplugs can come with or without handles, detachable cords, attenuation strengths, and colors depending on the patient's need.

Earmolds and earplugs are not just for those who wish to protect themselves from high noise levels. Custom solutions are also available for other types of ear protection, such as custom earplugs for swimmers or children with tubes. As the name implies, custom earmolds are made custom to fit the unique contour of your ear. If you cannot get a comfortable or secure fit with traditional earplugs, custom molds may be for you. They offer some of the best hearing protection available.

Whatever your unique lifestyle, your hearing professional has custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important. Take care to protect it for today and for the future. If you work in a high-noise environment, it's important to have regular hearing appointments to check for early indications of hearing loss. Speak with your hearing specialist today about the right solution for you.