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What Kinds of Ear Protection are Available?

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Any hearing health professional will tell you how important ear protection is when it comes to maintaining good ear health. However, if you have gone online to look for hearing protection, you may be feeling at a bit of a loss. After all, there are so many different products to choose from. How are you supposed to select the right one for you? With that being said, below we are going to take a look at some of the different types of ear protection that is available to give you a better understanding.

Foam earplugs

The most common form of ear protection is foam earplugs. Foam can mold to the shape of your ear, which is why these earplugs are so popular. If you are at a construction site or a factory, for example, this is typically the type of ear protection that you will need. They have the advantage of being cheap, however, a lot of people prefer custom earplugs, which are made to suit their ears, as foam earplugs can often cause irritation and they can result in external ear infections.

Foam earplugs vary in price. They are available in single-use, over-the-counter pharmacies for cheap. In addition, hearing healthcare professionals will make custom made earplugs, for a better fit. Custom made earplugs tend to cost more money, but last longer and provide more benefits than the single-use versions.

Otoplastics - This is a term used to described customized hearing protection. Musicians and motorcyclists tend to use this form of ear protection. These products can last for years and they are designed so that they are completely personalised to suit your needs.

Universal earplugs - These earplugs will completely seal off the auditory canal. You get a sense of being shut off from the outside worl because of the layer system.

Silicon plugs - You can also get silicon plugs, instead of foam. A lot of people feel that these earplugs are more comfortable. With these earplugs, you do not insert them into the ear. Instead, you will only cover the auditory canal. Because of this, some people do not look these earplugs because they fall off their ears. Of course, this does not happen to everyone.

Earmuffs - You can buy earmuffs in a number of different models. A lot of people prefer earmuffs because they do not need to be inserted inside the ear, blocking the ear canal. Instead, they are worn over the ears. You can find earmuffs for different ages and purposes, for example, there are special earmuffs for children who want to learn in a more focused way. Earmuffs can be irritating during the warmer months, though.

Wax balls - Finally, wax balls, which are less commonly used, are also an option These are designed so that your hearing is completely sealed off. This creates a sensation that you are closed off from the outside world.

As you can see, there are a number of different forms of ear protection available today. We hope that this blog post has helped you to understand the differences between the options that are for sale.