Noise exposure is the second most prevalent cause for hearing loss. It is because of this that we should all be cognizant and protect our hearing from the damage that noise can cause. Often we aren’t able to avoid noise because it’s required for work, pleasure or our neighbors would become upset at the length of the grass. It is acceptable to be exposed to noise as long as you are taking the necessary precautions to prevent damage.
A Sentinel plug is a custom molded plug which is made of silicone. It fills the entire canal and provides the greatest reduction of sound available.
A noise breaker is essentially a Sentinel plug with a hold drilled through it and a noise attenuating filter added. The filter allows for speech sounds to pass through while blocking the majority of damaging noise. This is a great option if you are required to communicate with others while noise is present. It is important to note though that it provides less noise suppression as its counterpart.
The challenge for musicians who wear hearing protection is that standard ear plugs reduce some sounds more than others. This can affect the ability for the musician to hear the vocals or instruments of other people they’re playing with. This challenge can be rectified with the use of musician plugs which again, are molded to the ear and are made from silicone. They too have a filter in them like the Noise Breaker however it is a more complex filter, and there are three options to choose from depending on the type of music being played and instruments being used.
There are various reasons why a person needs to block out noise when sleeping. Snoring can not only be a nuisance but has actually been shown to lead to hearing loss in some cases because of not only the intensity but the duration of exposure. People who work shift work can have trouble sleeping because of the greater level of noise during the day. Sleep molds are molded to fit the ear and therefore have better retention properties when tossing around against a pillow.
People who have a perforated eardrum, children with tubes and anyone who is susceptible to swimmers ear should be protecting their canals when they are swimming, especially in lakes or rivers. These custom molded plugs float and come in a wide variety of fun colours.
Standard earbuds can be quite difficult to keep in place. Because of this we can have them molded into silicone plugs that are made to fit your ears. This simple solution can keep you listening to your tunes all day long without any discomfort. Just don’t forget to keep the volume at a reasonable level!