The world we live in is noisy. And we make it that way. Our natural ears were designed for the natural world – one that’s pretty quiet. These days our ears have to deal with loud machinery, power tools, amplified music, gunfire, etc. While these technological advances enrich our lives, they put our hearing in danger. Not only do we expose our ears to a lot more sound than our ancestors did, we also expect them to keep working for a lot longer – since we’re living longer.
The use of hearing protection products is required to allow our ears to keep working throughout our entire life. It’s not an issue of whether or not loud sounds hurt “you” – overtime, they hurt your ears. If you fail to protect them when needed, you’ll end up with a noise-induced hearing loss.
Several different types of hearing protection products are available:
Custom molded earplugs provide good noise protection, they’re very comfortable, and they’re very durable. They’re also available with “noise-breakers” in them to allow soft sounds to sound natural, while dampening the loud sounds. Musician filters are available to avoid that “muffled” sensation associated with normal earplugs. We make an impression of your ear and send it to an earmold manufacturer for fabrication. Typical cost varies from $25 to $75 per ear.
ELECTRONIC HEARING PROTECTION
Electronic hearing protection is popular among hunters. Sometimes called, electronic shooter protection, these devices amplify sounds and shut off entirely for very loud sounds. This allows a hunter to hear the footsteps of his prey up until the moment his gun fires. They are custom made and can vary greatly in price. We’ll take an impression of your ears and then work with the manufacturer to have it fabricated for you. Typical pricing varies between $350 to $1200 per ear.
The most popular type of hearing protection is passive noise attenuation. This fancy term refers to the use of earmuffs and foam earplugs. The whole idea is to block the sound. Studies show that foam earplugs can protect your ears just as well as custom earplugs. But studies also show that most people do not wear the earplugs properly. They need to be rolled tightly to allow deep insertion into the ear canal. With most foam earplugs, if you can see them sticking out of your ear while looking at yourself in a mirror, they’re not in deep enough.