Noise is everywhere! Consistent loud noise can be present at work or during extracurricular activities and hobbies such as concerts, race cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, power tools, lawn mowers, snow blowers. This constant stimulation leaves us, and our ears, with very little quiet time in our lives. This quiet time is essential in the conservation of our hearing. Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing and is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing loss from prolonged noise exposure is often detected too late, meaning the hearing loss is usually irreversible. A good rule of thumb is that if you must shout over a noise to be heard by a person standing at arm’s length, you should be wearing hearing protection. Helping you finding the right kind of hearing protection is our job. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all those options out there. Here at Priority Hearing and Balance, our audiologist is specialized in helping you make the best choice possible.
Custom Ear molds
Earmolds come in many shapes and sizes. There are many materials earmolds can be made of. The very best materials for earmolds and hearing protection are: silicone (very soft, comfortable and durable), foam tips with tiny air pockets inside (these distract the sound waves from penetrating to your eardrum and beyond), and non-allergenic, acrylic- (the most durable). The most popular styles are are small, in the canal models or small, behind the ear models with a custom earmold made to plug the ear. Ask us at your visit about earmolds, earplugs and hearing protection. We will gladly discuss and demonstrate the different types and their benefits, to make sure we address this carefully for your total care and satisfaction.
Simple, yet very effective earplugs can be specialized in many ways to your needs and satisfaction. They also come in different materials like earmolds. They usually sit down in the canal and are designed for hearing protection only. You can find plenty of options for filtering for music and other ambient noises. Specialty earplugs can also be custom fit for your ear canal and the contours of your ears. Custom earplugs are also much more comfortable than standard size earplugs. You can get simple handles on them and a lanyard, if desired. Work with Rudra Hearing Healthcare Professionals to find the right solution for you and your unique lifestyle needs.
These were designed to keep water out of the ears, and are especially useful for swimmers and surfers, whose frequent exposure to water can lead to painful infections and conditions such as Swimmer’s Ear (inflammation and redness in the ear) and Surfer’s Ear (bony growths in the ear canal). These ear plugs help equalize pressure under water, and are designed to allow noise in while keeping out water and wind. These a great option for kids who have pressure equalization tubes, but still need to hear their parents while swimming. They can be pre-molded or custom molded, and are available in silicone, wax, or foam.