Custom Ear Protection in St. Louis and Kirkwood
The best way to treat hearing loss is to prevent it in the first place. Exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time is known to cause hearing loss – which, unfortunately, is permanent. Whether you work with machinery, play music, or use firearms regularly, hearing protection is essential. Hearing specialists report that volumes over 85 decibels (dB) have the potential to cause damage to hearing, depending on exposure.
While you may find several “off the rack” devices in your local sporting goods or pharmacy store that are available for use, they will not be custom made for your particular ears. This usually results in poor fit, possibly ear pain and ultimately the user will discontinue using them over time. It is much better (and clinically advisable) to have ear protection custom made for you.
The fitting of custom products requires precision, along with the knowledge of choices in order to select the most appropriate device for your specific needs. Audiologists are uniquely trained to provide you with the best solution for your situation.
Our audiologists make custom ear molds of all types to ensure you get both comfort and optimal protection. When it comes to protecting your hearing, trust an audiologist.
We offer a variety of custom fit solutions, including:
Sporting & Recreational Ear Protection:
If you participate in water sports, the rush of wind or the excessive splash of water may irritate or cause infection in your ear canal, which could lead to hearing loss. For people who use firearms at the shooting range or for hunting, the loud bursts of shots may cause trauma to our ears. Depending on the weapon, a gunshot clocks in at 140 to 190 dB, which may cause immediate damage to your hearing. Folks who enjoy landscaping and do-it-yourself construction projects will also want to consider custom ear protection, as power tools range between 110 to 130 dB. For sports fans, custom ear protection while cheering on the home team at the stadium is also a good idea, as these spaces usually clock in at 120-140 dB.
Brands we offer: Ear AquaNot; Defend Ear Motorsport, Digital 1, Digital 2, Digital Hunter, Hunter Passive, Concert, SleepEar, AquaNot, DefendEar, Motorsport, DefendEar Digital 1, DefendEar Digital 2, DefendEar Digital Hunter, DefendEar Hunter Passive, DefendEar Concert, DefendEar Sleep
Musicians Ear Plugs
We offer custom ear protection for musicians, which come in a wide range. With the understanding that hearing is crucial to a musician’s craft, there is ear protection that includes an in-ear monitor. This is recommended not only for the performer on stage, but also for anyone working in the music industry, from sound engineers to security guards, in stadiums and in smaller venues. A rock concert, on average, clocks in at 115 to 120 dB. Night after night on tour without hearing protection, your hearing faces risk of being damaged.
Brands we offer: Etymotic Music PRO; Etymotic Musicians Plugs
Occupational Ear Protection:
Approximately 20 million Americans are exposed to occupational noise hazard, according to OSHA. Factory workers, firemen, construction workers, dentists, even nursery school teachers (who are exposed to the high-frequency voices of young children on a daily basis), air field controllers, service men and women in the military – all of these occupations pose a risk to hearing. Speak to your employer about subsidizing custom hearing protection for the workplace.