Earmolds serve numerous functions. However, one common use involves hearing protection.
Studies show that approximately 36 million American adults have hearing loss affecting one or both ears. And for many people, it occurs gradually and without pain, often from continuous exposure to loud noises.
Noise-induced hearing loss can occur because of a single incident or because of frequent exposure to noise over time. These situations can damage the tiny hair cells found inside your inner ear. When that occurs, it makes it difficult to hear sound clearly.
While you can’t prevent all forms of hearing loss, you can reduce your chances of noise-induced hearing loss. Kevin Sharim and our Sharp Hearing Care Professionals team offer a wide range of custom-fitted earmolds, ensuring that you have the protection you need to safeguard your hearing in every situation.
Here’s how to recognize your risk of noise-induced hearing loss and how earmolds can help.
It’s easy to assume that sounds need to be incredibly loud in order to cause hearing damage — like explosions. However, any sounds that reach 85 decibels or higher can cause irreversible damage to the hair cells within your inner ear.
For perspective, here are a few examples of damaging noise levels and the sounds associated with them:
When exposed to these sounds, you’re at risk of hearing damage. And it increases the closer you get to the sound and the longer you’re exposed. Because of this, it’s crucial to protect your hearing whenever you engage in noisy activities.
Generally speaking, anyone is at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. However, several factors can increase your chances of this problem, such as:
People in certain professions are also at significant risk of noise-induced hearing loss, including dentists, musicians, industrial workers, pilots and airline personnel, and workers in restaurants and nightclubs.
Fortunately, earmold assistives can provide significant hearing protection, and there are different options that deal with specific situations. Our team offers personalized solutions to ensure you get the protection you need without limiting your experience or performance.
For example, we might recommend earmolds with in-ear monitors for a musician. This option protects from loud noise but doesn’t distort the music. Someone working with firearms would benefit from advanced shooting earplugs, which enhance normal speech but protect your inner ears simultaneously.
But hearing protection is only the beginning. Earmolds also serve other purposes, such as:
We use earmolds to address a variety of hearing and noise-related issues, and we start with an audiology consultation, hearing evaluation, or hearing test. Once we clearly understand your specific needs, we can recommend the best treatment approach moving forward.
Are you worried about hearing loss or considering getting hearing protection? Contact the Sharp Hearing Care Professionals to schedule a consultation today.