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Top FAQs About Ear Protection

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Your hearing is one of your most important senses, which is why finding the right ear protection is vital to maintaining a healthy auditory system. Ear protection comes in a number of different styles, and not all are created equally. From disposable protection options to custom-fit solutions, talk to your hearing health professional about the following options.

Why is hearing protection needed?

There is only one place to begin, and this is by establishing why hearing protection is required in the first place. If you are someone who encounters loud noises, then you are going to be exposing your ears to noises at decibel (dB) levels that can cause hearing damage. There are plenty of different examples of this, including attending concerts, mowing the lawn, and using power tools. If you do these activities on a daily basis, hearing damage is inevitable without the right sort of protection. Instead, by investing in-ear protection, you can enjoy all of these activities without having to worry about hearing issues arising as a consequence.

What are the different types of hearing protection products available?

Ear protection comes in a number of different sizes and shapes. They come in the form of earmuffs, foam earplugs and custom earplugs. Custom solutions latter are fitted to your ear, and so this comes highly recommended because they are more comfortable and also provide better protection too. Of course, there are certain situations that will require tactical hearing protection because you will need your ears to be protected while also being able to communicate clearly and effectively at the same time. The military is a prime example of this.

How long will ear protection last?

This all depends on the sort of product you choose. Disposable earplugs, as the name suggests, are disposable, and so this means that they should be discarded at the end of the day. You should not use these sorts of products for extended periods of time. This is because bacteria and dirt will build-up, which can cause an infection. For custom earplugs, they can often last as long as five years with the right care. This is something that your hearing health professional is going to explain to you in full.

There are different types of ear protection available, and you can find the right solution for you with the help of a hearing health professional. They will ensure that you are assessed and advised on the best protection based on your specific needs and level of hearing loss, if you are experiencing any, of course.