Which Type of Ear Protection is Right for You?
When your job or home life exposes you to loud noise regularly, you need to consider what kind of ear protection you need. Reducing the sound that reaches your ears can improve your ear health and prevent potential hearing loss. If you think you need ear protection contact a hearing health professional today and they will be able to assess what is right for you.
Types of ear protection
There are several different types of ear protection that serve a variety of purposes. From earplugs to canal caps, they can protect your ears from loud noises whenever you are exposed. Attenuation describes the extent to which the ear protectors reduce sound, and it is measured in decibels. You should consider using hearing protection whenever you might be exposed to noise such as at work, listening to music, at a sports game, shooting, woodwork and any other loud events.
The science behind ear protection
Whichever ear protectors you choose, they should provide enough attenuation to protect your hearing. Check the packaging and speak to your audiologist if you have any questions about the level of protection you need. Make sure your protectors fit well too as most would have been tested under the ideal circumstances. The majority of ear protection will provide you with a guard against potentially damaging frequencies.
What type of protection should you use?
There are many different types of ear protection to choose from depending on the activity you will be undertaking. You will find earplugs in pharmacies and sports stores for reducing annoying background noise, but they won’t necessarily protect well against damaging levels. Seek advice from an audiologist as to which earplugs or protection you should be considering. Here are a few different options you might have to choose from:
- Disposable earplugs: they are usually soft and made of foam or silicone. When inserting disposable earplugs be sure to rub them between your fingers before you insert them into the ear canal. You will then need to hold them in place while they expand to the correct size.
- Reusable earplugs: they are typically made from rubber, plastic or foam and can be used many times. Pre-molded earplugs don’t need to be rolled to fit your ear each time. You should also consider custom made earplugs as these will give you a better fit in your ear canal. Although they are slightly more expensive, they will be more comfortable and suited to your needs.
Other types of earplugs include earplugs for the catering industry, musicians’ earplugs and shooters’ earplugs. Ear muffs or ear defenders are also an option whenever the activity is necessary.
Find your ear protection today
So think carefully about your long term ear health and go that extra mile to protect yourself from hearing loss and tinnitus. Speak to an audiologist for advice, and you will be fully guarded against dangerous levels of noise throughout your work and home life.