Are Custom Earplugs Effective?
Exposure to loud noise is the number one cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Such loud noises come from musical instruments, power tools, industrial machinery and time spent at loud events, such as those associated with music.
To protect your hearing from loud noise, earplugs are a must. By wearing something that fits snugly in your ears, you will be able to reduce the volume of sound and experience less risk to your hearing. Now, you could buy disposable earplugs from your local supermarket, and while these will protect your hearing to a degree, you do need to know that custom earplugs are more effective. Not only are they better designed to protect your hearing, but they can also be customized to your particular needs, as you might still need to hear some sounds when you're engaged within an activity that is particularly noisy.
We will go into more detail below and discuss why custom earplugs are more effective than their disposable counterparts.
Custom earplugs provide better sound quality
Disposable earplugs will block out all sound, and when wearing them, you will experience a confined sensation, where your voice will sound echoey and booming when you speak. Needless to say, these side-effects may not be practical for you, especially in those situations where you still need some level of hearing and voice control. Custom earplugs, on the other hand, contain special filters to give you a precise level of noise reduction, according to your specific needs. Therefore, you will still have the opportunity to hear the sound frequencies you need to, and you won't experience that confined feeling that can distort the way your voice sounds.
Custom earplugs are more comfortable to wear
Disposable earplugs form a deep seal within the ear canal, and this can give the user a constant feeling of being plugged up, which is less than ideal when it comes to being comfortable. Custom earplugs, on the other hand, can be molded by a hearing instrument specialist to fit the unique contours of the patient's ear, without that one-size-fits-all approach that can cause that feeling of pressure when inserted into the ear. Unlike disposable earplugs that are made out of foam, custom earplugs are developed with soft silicone or vinyl materials that don't plug up or change from within the ear. As every ear is different in shape and size, the hearing instrument specialist will ensure each custom earplug is designed according to the unique specifications of the patient's ear, with molding that will provide maximum comfort.
Custom earplugs are cost-effective
Disposable earplugs are cheaper than their customized alternatives when only buying one pair, but considering the fact that users often need to wear earplugs on a daily basis, they are going to need a steady supply of them. Over time, the costs will add up, so as well as being less effective in terms of protection, comfort, and sound quality than customized earplugs, they will prove to be less cost-effective too. So, while a set of custom earplugs will cost you more initially, they will last a lot longer, so you will save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
What we can offer you
At the Center for Better Hearing, we can offer you a range of hearing protection products. Our custom earplugs and earmolds are comfortable to wear for extended periods and will provide you with the highest levels of hearing protection. From earplugs that are suited to high-noise industrial environments to those products that will simply help you get a better night's sleep, we are proud to offer you a full range of hearing products that can be customized to your specific needs.
Your hearing is important to you, and your life would be limited without the capacity to hear well. You must do all in your power to protect your hearing from the high levels of noise that you encounter regularly, so don't settle for second best when it comes to the earplugs you wear. Custom earplugs are more effective than their disposable alternatives and will offer you a higher level of comfort and protection.
To find out more about what we can offer you here at the Center for Better Hearing, get in touch with us today at 510-768-7091 and talk to one of our friendly team. By wearing something tailor-made to your personal needs, you will be able to protect your hearing in both the short and the long-term.