About one in 10 Americans suffer from hearing loss, regardless of age. Even if age-related hearing loss is the biggest part of that stat, there are still many individuals that go through life with substantial hearing problems. Prevention is still the best way to combat bad hearing and develop healthy auditory habits. Part of hearing loss prevention includes hearing protection, even if hearing has started declining.
Earmolds and earplugs
Noise levels that are too much for ears to handle can cause permanent damage if the exposure is on a daily basis. Careers, jobs and hobbies that surround people with prolonged harmful sounds require the use of earmolds and earplugs. The difference between these and generic plugs comes down to specialized use based on the situation they were intended for. Options are available that will optimize the sound so that the user gets the best possible experience.
Custom earmolds - Recommendations on the type of earmold a client gets will come from their hearing professional. Besides the custom fit, they can also have a built in filtered attenuator
Custom earplugs – Made for ear canal use, earplugs protect hearing without completely muting all sound. There is a lot of comfort when using custom earplugs, and like their earmolds counterpart, they come in a variety of styles
Musician earplugs and monitors
Musicians have a need to understand different levels of sound, even when it is louder than normal. To protect their hearing, musician earplugs and monitors are used when necessary to normalize (and sometime enhance) all sound. These types of earplugs are much different than normal ones since they still need to let a lot of sound pass through.
Musicians earplugs – Available in custom and non-custom options, musician’s earplugs can reduce sound levels by 20dB. Using a deep fit, the earplugs reduce occlusion and is popular among musicians worldwide
Monitors – When performing in front of a large audience, in-ear musician monitors are considered the standard for musician technology. It protects from loud noises and lets the musician hear their music in the same way the audience would hear it.
Hearing Protection Products
Baton Rouge Ear, Nose & Throat Associates offers a variety of hearing protection depending on your hobbies and occupation.
Specific situations demand a much different approach than regular hearing protection. Companies have developed products with strengths and weaknesses based on their intended use. To protect hearing, one or more of these products is recommended for daily use.
A built-in filter automatically lowers damaging noises in real time while allowing for normal noise levels to remain the same.
Accurate sound at normalized levels is available for options of 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.
Ear protection that floats on water and provides good noise reduction.
Useful to keep out unwanted noise while sleeping so that wearers can get uninterrupted rest.
Uses a hollow canal to reduce wind noise when the user is wearing a helmet.
Floats, but also prevents surfers and swimmers ear by keeping out cold water and air.
Useful for lowering the volume from heavy machinery while working in construction.
Can be used with bud or button style earphones.
Amplifies regular sound to enhance situational awareness. With the pull of a trigger, noise attenuation is activated.
Game mode and Clay mode are built in as optimizations for intermittent and continued shots.
Reduces wind to the ear and comes with standard Digital 1 features.
If you have hearing protection needs, contact our office to learn more about the products we offer and how we can help you keep your hearing healthy.