There are countless causes of hearing loss, such as illness, head trauma and exposure to loud noises. While many of these you cannot do much to prevent, you can protect yourself from exposure to loud noises. The solution? Custom Earmolds.
Earplugs can be purchased from any pharmacy and will do a fine job protecting your hearing in a pinch. If you are constantly exposed to loud noises it is in your best interest to purchase custom earplugs. Custom earplugs are made from a mold of your ear. This ensures that the earplugs will fit securely and comfortably, while providing superior hearing protection.
General use earmolds can be made from several types of material: acrylic, vinyl and silicone. Molds made of acrylic are resistant to breakage and are the easiest to repair. Since acrylic is so hard the molds lack flexibility, making them difficult to place into a small ear. Vinyl is softer than acrylic but sturdier than silicone. Silicone molds are the softest and most flexible. They produce the tightest seal and are extremely durable. Since the molds are so soft they are often difficult to insert in the ear.
Specialty custom earmolds are also available. Swimmer’s earplugs are designed to prevent water and debris from entering the ear canal. They are waterproof and are designed to float, in case they come loose in the water. Hunter’s earplugs are able to protect your ears from dangerously loud sounds, such as those from a gun. Safe sounds are still able to enter the ear, ensuring the hunter is able to stay aware of their surroundings. Musician’s earplugs are able to reduce sounds levels evenly. This ensures that music and speech sound natural.