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May 22nd, 2015 | General | by Andreas Seelisch

6 Types of Ear Protection Against Hearing Loss

Many of us often take it for granted that we can hear well. But in order to keep hearing well, we should protect our hearing. Prolonged loud noises as a result of things like music and heavy machinery can have a lasting negative effect on your hearing.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can’t be cured and the solution to this condition may be assistive listening devices like hearing aids.

The list below details some different types of hearing protection that can be used to avoid hearing loss.

1. Foam Earplugs

These earplugs are made of formable and expandable material. You may encounter them in places like factories or construction sites. They can be reused up to 10 times. Their compact form are an alternative to hearing protection like earmuffs, which may get in the way of hard hats or face shields.

2. Non-Foam Earplugs

These earplugs are pre-moulded and can be made of silicone, rubber or plastic. They’re available in different sizes or as “one-size-fits-most.” They are inexpensive, reusable, washable and convenient to carry. These plugs should seal your ear canal, but they shouldn’t be uncomfortable.

3.  Earmuffs

This type of ear protection is available in many models. Earmuffs completely cover the ear, blocking out all sound. They can be designed with small ear cups or large. Some are even equipped with electronic components, so that wearers can communicate with others or for blocking impulsive noises.

4.  Ear Canal Caps

These plugs have a plastic or metal band that can be worn under the chin or over the head. The tips can be formable or pre-moulded. The band allows for easy removal and re-insertion when needed.

5. Silicone Plugs

These plugs are similar to foam earplugs. Silicone plugs only cover the auditory canal and are not inserted into the ear. These plugs are for single use and can fall out.

6. Custom Moulded Earplugs

Moulded for your ear canal, custom earplugs are often used by musicians, swimmers and motorcyclists. These earplugs can last for years. Hearing Solutions offers patients custom fitted earplugs, so they can continue doing the things they love or work in noisy environments without the fear of possibly causing permanent hearing loss.

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