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What is the Best Ear Protection Available?

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If you work in a noisy environment, or you live in the heart of the city, you may be thinking about starting to do more to protect your hearing. Exposure to high noise levels can damage your hearing, but what kinds of ear protection are available, and which option is best for you? This guide will provide some general information about ear protection and some tips to help you find the best solution.

Ear protection options

It can be hugely beneficial to take steps to try and protect your hearing if your job involves exposure to loud noises, or you find yourself in loud environments on a regular basis. There are various options available to you, including foam earplugs, custom earplugs and noise-canceling headphones.

Foam earplugs: foam earplugs are often considered an effective short-term solution for blocking out sounds in noisy environments. If you’re trying to catch 40 winks on a plane or you’re staying over in a hotel, using foam earplugs could provide you with the peace you crave. Foam earplugs shouldn’t be used over and over again, as this can increase the risk of infection, as a result of bacteria getting into the ear canal. If you use earplugs on a regular basis, it’s worth consulting a hearing care provider to ask about custom earplugs.

Custom earplugs: custom earplugs are provided by hearing health professionals. These earplugs are sturdier and more durable and hard-wearing than foam earplugs, and they are made to measure, which enhances comfort. Custom earplugs are ideal for people who need to wear earplugs on a regular basis, and they offer better levels of protection than foam earplugs. If you’re used to battling noise, investing in custom earplugs provided by a hearing specialist could make a massive difference.

Noise-canceling headphones: noise-canceling headphones are designed to block out noise. They are often used by people who are traveling, and they can also help you to feel more relaxed if you struggle to switch off when you get into bed.

Which option is best for me?

Custom earplugs are generally considered to be the best form of ear protection out there. Custom earplugs are made for the individual, are comfortable and are very effective at  protecting the ears and reducing the risk of hearing loss. If you don’t already have custom earplugs provided by a hearing care provider, foam earplugs offer a convenient alternative, which is ideal if you need to pick up earplugs at short notice, or you’re traveling. Noise-canceling headphones work well for commuters and people who travel on a regular basis. If you need advice about ear protection, you have questions about which type would suit your needs best, or you’re keen to find out more about custom earplugs and the benefits they offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a hearing specialist.

If you need advice or more information, a hearing health professional will be able to help.