Disposable earplugs lack the design to thoroughly protect your ear from hearing damage. Custom hearing protection provides you with the right design to suit your unique physical and acoustic requirements.
Suited for Your Ear Shape and Needs
As the name suggests, custom earplugs are made specifically for your ears. Your audiologist takes measurements and molds of your ears to craft a one-of-a-kind set of earplugs that will fit snuggly and comfortably in your ears.
Custom hearing protection is a good option if you have unusually shaped ear canals, are sensitive to discomfort or have allergies to certain materials. Audiologists will also consider the purpose of your custom earplugs and can add features like safety straps to ensure you don’t lose them.
Compact and Durable
Unlike earmuffs, custom earplugs fit securely in your ear canal. You won’t have to worry about your earplugs getting in the way of earrings, glasses, helmets, masks and other accessories. Custom hearing protection is also made of high-quality material that withstands daily wear and tear while you’re at work or play. Disposable earplugs are only good for a couple of uses before they must be replaced.
Better Protection from Hearing Damage
Custom hearing protection is better suited to protect your ears from dangerous noise levels because it’s designed for your specific ear shape. That means it can better block daily sounds such as construction, traffic, emergency sirens and music.
Disposable earplugs distort sounds and make them seem dull or distant. Custom earplugs improve communication because they’re designed to block background noise without completely muffling all sounds. It will be easier to hear the person in front of you when your ears don’t have to contend with ambient noise.
Custom hearing protection costs more upfront than disposable earplugs, but it’s important to remember their longevity. You won’t have to worry about replacing your earplugs regularly if you have custom protection because you can wear them daily for an extended period. That will save you money in the long run.
Lower Risk of Ear Infections
Disposable earplugs are usually spongy foam or rubber that can hold bacteria, especially if you reuse them longer than recommended. That puts you at risk for painful ear infections that cost money to treat. Custom earplugs are made with special coatings that prevent bacterial growth and are easy to clean.
Types of Custom Hearing Protection
Custom earbuds: These compact-style earplugs are made to suit your ear shape and fit snuggly in your ear canal. They’re designed to filter background noise, so you don’t have to crank the volume.
Musician earplugs: This type of hearing protection is available in standard or digital styles. You’ll receive protection from dangerous noise levels without completely blocking the sounds you need to hear to perform.
Shooting earplugs: These protective devices are designed to amplify sounds within a safe hearing range. Digital options will automatically block noise exceeding 95 decibels.
Swimmer earplugs: Swim molds will keep your ears dry while you’re in the water, lowering your risk for Swimmer’s Ear and moisture damage.
Hearing Associates offers a wide variety of custom hearing protection. Our customization process takes roughly two weeks to complete to ensure you get an ideal set of earplugs to suit your needs.