Hearing loss can occur for many reasons, but sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noises is one common cause. Noise-induced hearing loss is often only detected once the damage is done. That’s why you should start protecting your hearing today!
When to Wear Hearing Protection
If you want to preserve your long-term hearing, it’s critical to protect your ears anytime you’re in a high-noise setting. Here are some activities that warrant hearing protection:
- Hunting or target shooting
- Playing in a band or going to a concert
- Riding a motorcycle
- Watching fireworks
- Mowing the lawn
- Flying a plane or watching jets take off
- Using a chainsaw or jackhammer
- Working in a high-noise environment, including construction sites and industrial settings
Types of Hearing Protection
You have two main types of hearing protection to choose from: earplugs and earmuffs. The best type for you depends on the application.
Earplugs fit directly into the ear canal like earbuds for listening to music. While store-bought earplugs are better than nothing, custom earplugs are a superior option. These are designed specifically for your ear canal, so they fit comfortably and securely while providing the best possible hearing protection.
Custom earplugs come in many styles to fit your hearing protection needs. Some are solid, offering maximum sound dampening, while others allow a bit more noise to pass through for mid-level protection. Specialized earplugs are also available for musicians and other professionals who want to hear most of their surroundings while still dampening the loudest noises.
Earmuffs fit over your head like traditional headphones. If the noise is intermittent, earmuffs are a good choice because they’re easy to take on and off. Their larger size also makes them easier to keep track of. Plus, if you have sensitive ears, you may prefer muffs for their ability to protect your hearing without touching your ears. Lightweight, well-ventilated options are available if you’re concerned about heaviness and overheating.
Other Tips to Protect Your Hearing
In addition to wearing hearing protection at the appropriate times, follow these additional tips to preserve your hearing:
- Don’t blast your music, whether from earbuds, headphones, or speakers.
- Avoid high-noise environments if you don’t have hearing protection with you.
- Clean your hearing protection regularly. This includes removing earwax buildup from earplugs and cleaning dirt and grime from earmuffs.
- Replace earmuff cushions when they start to deteriorate.
- Replace the earmuff band if your muffs start to feel loose on your head.
If you often find yourself in high-noise settings, we recommend visiting an audiologist regularly to keep tabs on your hearing. Stop by Elite Hearing Centers of America for a free hearing test and consultation today! We’ll check your hearing and recommend hearing aids if needed. Rest assured that you can try them risk-free for 30 days. No cost, no obligation, no kidding. Plus, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. For more information, please call 855-432-7354 or contact us online. You’ll be glad you did!