Custom Ear & Hearing Protection
Exposure to loud noise is the most common cause of hearing loss. As a general rule, if you have to shout over a noise to make yourself heard, if the noise hurts your ears or makes your ears ring, or if you have difficulty hearing for hours after exposure to the noise, the noise is probably at a damaging level. The longer you are exposed to an intense noise and the closer you are to its source, the more damaging it is. A single exposure to an intense noise 120 decibels or greater can result in permanently damaged hearing. Prolonged exposure to noise 85 decibels or greater can also permanently damage hearing. Hearing protection devices (HPDs) should be worn when working in noisy environments, using power tools, yard equipment, or firearms, or when riding vehicles such as motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Standard earplugs and earmuffs can protect your hearing if they are fitted correctly. However, custom earplugs are usually more comfortable and provide better hearing protection. If you have any questions about hearing protection, our audiologists will counsel you about appropriate hearing protection and can make earplugs that are customized for your needs. Take no chances with intense noise — the damage it causes to hearing can be (and frequently is) permanent!
Our audiologists provide custom fit ear and hearing protection products by Westone. We have options for a variety of activities and occupations including swimming, hunting and shooting, playing music, flying planes, riding motorcycles, or any other activity involving exposure to noise intense enough to damage ears or hearing.