Why Custom Ear Protection is Better
As baby boomers age, there is increased awareness of hearing impairment, but relatively few people consider custom ear protection. The result is that, while there is more awareness and more use of general ear protection, like ear muffs and plugs, many of us miss out on the added protection and convenience that comes from custom ear protection.
The type of custom ear protection you can use depends on certain factors, including the type of hearing aid you use, your living/working environment or your profession.
Types Of Custom Ear Protection
Custom Ear Molds
Used with Behind-the-Ear hearing aids, custom ear molds rest in your ear and help deliver amplified sound into the ear canal. They are custom fabricated and designed to achieve the specific objectives that suit you best. These are determined by your hearing specialist once a variety of qualities have been assessed.
Swimmer’s Ear Plugs/Floatable Swim Plugs
Swimmer’s ear plugs are custom-made to fit inside your ear canal, providing an effective way to keep water, microorganisms, and bacteria out of your ears. They help reduce swimmer’s ear and protect sensitive ears prone to irritation and infections caused by water. These plugs are designed to float so that you do not lose them in the water.
Custom Noise Plugs
A custom noise plug helps to reduce harmful noise while still allowing you to hear. They are ideal for activities such as auto racing, concerts, working with loud equipment, boating, and more. They can be used to protect hobbyists who use hearing aids from receiving further hearing damage.
Musicians’ Attenuator Ear Plugs
Musicians need special ear plugs that provide low-to-mid frequency noise protection but still let them hear the music accurately. Musicians’ attenuator ear plugs protect your hearing from cumulative exposure to high levels of sound throughout your life.
Additionally, they provide balanced sound reduction with minimal frequency disruption. They reduce all sounds equally across all frequencies by the decibel rating of the plug. For example, a musician’s ear plug rated at ER-15 is acoustically tuned to reduce all sounds the wearer hears by 15 dB. They are also suitable for people with hearing sensitivities who cannot handle loud sounds or need to eliminate some background noise to focus more clearly.
Custom Sleep Plugs
Custom sleep plugs ensure you never have to lose sleep again because of your partner’s snoring, annoying loud neighbours, or the beehive of activities outside your home.
These fit delicately and comfortably inside your ears and help to diminish sounds that cause you sleepless nights. They do not block out noise completely, and thus, won’t make you miss your alarm. They are also low-profile, meaning you can comfortably lie on your side while the plugs are in place.
How To Get Custom Ear Protection
The best way to find out how you can use custom ear protection is to consult a hearing healthcare professional.
The certified hearing experts at Bravo Hearing Centre can help you learn more about different custom ear protection devices and choose the right one for you. Then they will make sure you get ear protection with a perfect fit.
“Every Bravo custom ear mold comes with a 3 month remake policy so you can be sure your protective devices will fit properly and feel comfortable.”
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