The Best Hearing Loss Prevention Is Protection
Sadly, it’s not that difficult to accidentally expose yourself to noises loud enough to do permanent damage to your hearing. In fact, hearing loss occurs as low as 85 decibels if you’re exposed for an hour or more without earplugs or other ear protection. You probably are aware that concerts are loud enough to harm your hearing, but did you realize that your smartphone’s earbuds can be just as damaging if the volume is high enough? Sports events, fitness classes and movie theaters are also loud enough to need earplugs. You even need ear protection for your lawn mower and leaf blower.
Comfortable ear molds for protection all day
Earplugs are a good option to carry around in case you need them on the fly, but if you need hearing protection all day or for extended periods of time, custom ear molds are far more comfortable. At Audiology Associates of North Florida, we create earplugs and ear molds custom made to fit your ear. We can even can provide custom ear molds for your smartphones, TVs and other devices.
Shooting ear protection
Gunshots average 140-190 decibels, and since hearing loss can occur at 85 decibels it’s crucial to wear hearing protection when hunting or practicing at a shooting range. While some guns are louder than others, you should always have adequate hearing protection such as shooting earmuffs or earplugs designed for shooting when you anticipate using your gun. This is especially true for first responders who are also often exposed to loud sirens as part of their job. We can help you find the best hearing protection for your firearms.
The best ear protection for musicians
There’s nothing like going to a concert to really live the music, except perhaps being on stage.
But standing next to speakers and hearing the crowd roar can take its toll on your hearing. Ask us about hearing protection for musicians that lets you play in the zone without missing a beat like Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25 and In-Ear Musician’s Monitors.