When it comes to treating hearing loss, the best treatment is prevention. Next to presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noise is the leading cause of hearing loss.
Consequently, preventing damage in these situations is the best way to avoid hearing problems. Whether you wear protection for shooting sports, swimming, or occupational noise or use in-ear monitors for musicians, there are solutions available to keep you hearing better for longer.
There are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) earplug options to help protect your ears, but truly preventing hearing loss often requires custom hearing protection because OTC solutions don’t always provide the best results.
ZN Audiology can help. We understand that anyone subjected to noise exposure may need to wear custom earplugs or hearing protection to protect their long-term hearing. We carry custom solutions to fit your needs and lifestyle at our Forest Hills and Brooklyn, NYC, locations in order to ensure your hearing is protected far into the future.
Frequently Asked Questions About Custom Hearing Protection
How is custom hearing protection different from regular earplugs or earmuffs?
Although over-the-counter earplugs offer some protection, if they don’t properly block the ear canal, they won’t be 100 percent effective. Custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection against hearing loss and they’re more comfortable to wear for an extended period of time.
Can custom hearing protection be used for swimming or other water activities?
Damage to your ears doesn’t have to come from loud noise. Custom hearing protection can also help prevent “surfer’s ear” (bone growth that occurs in the ear canal in response to cold water) and “swimmer’s ear” (caused from water being stuck in the ear canal, causing a bacterial infection).
How long does it take to get custom hearing protection?
It usually takes around three weeks from the time the mold of your ear is taken until you receive your earplugs.
Who can benefit from custom hearing protection?
Those who work in a high-noise environment (pilots, musicians, construction workers, factory workers, etc.) should invest in specialized hearing protection. Even if you don’t work in a loud-noise environment, your activities and lifestyle may expose you to damaging noise from:
Major sporting events
Bars and nightclubs
How do I care for my custom hearing protection?
If there is a buildup of wax, squeeze the tip of the canal between the thumb and index finger, and then wipe the wax away using a clean, soft cloth. Avoid alcohol or harsh chemicals to clean your earplugs; just use mild soapy water and a paper towel or a face wipe to wipe away debris and wax.
Is custom hearing protection covered by insurance?
Earplugs are not covered by insurance but can be covered by a Health Savings Account (HSA).
How Custom Hearing Protection Beats OTC Solutions
Custom hearing protection conforms to the unique contours of your ears. Advantages of custom molded earplugs include a more secure fit, a greater level of comfort, and greater assurance that your hearing protection stays in place during aggressive activity.
Each type of hearing protection device provides additional benefits specifically related to their use, including:
More accurate frequency response that allows you to hear a full range of sounds but at reduced volume
Venting to allow sound to pass both ways so your voice won’t reverberate inside your ears
Precision-engineered filters that produce a measured solution for clearer, more natural sound
Medical-grade silicone construction that prevents irritation and discomfort
Replaceable sound filters for selecting the level of sound protection you need for a variety of different activities and situations
Custom Hearing Protection from ZN Audiology
No matter whether you’re exposed to noise at work, enjoying recreational activities, during a night out at the club or at a concert, or doing chores around the house, you risk permanent noise-induced hearing loss if you leave your ears unprotected. With custom hearing protection, you don’t have to change your lifestyle; just choose the right kind of protection for the activities you love, such as:
Custom hearing protection for shooting and hunting
Custom hearing protection for use with construction and industrial equipment
Custom hearing protection while using lawn and garden tools, chainsaws, motorcycles, and snowmobiles
Custom molded earplugs for concerts and sporting events
Custom earbuds and in-ear monitors for musicians or for listening to music through your personal player
Custom molded earplugs for swimmers to prevent “surfer’s ear” or “swimmer’s ear”
Custom hearing protection solutions come with handles and detachable cords and are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles/types, including:
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