Hearing Protection

Sudden or prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to your hearing. Noise is one of the most common–and preventable– causes of hearing loss. Often, by the time the effect of the noise is detected, the hearing loss is significant and permanent.

Hearing protection is important for anyone who is regularly in a high noise environment, whether the noise is “work” noise or “play” noise. The delicate organ of hearing can be damaged by any noise of sufficient intensity and length of exposure. While some people prefer to use ear muffs for hearing protection, others prefer earplugs. Though over-the-counter earplugs offer some protection, custom earplugs can offer greater protection as well as a more comfortable and accurate fit, since they are designed specifically for your ears. Custom earplugs are available in a variety of styles, materials, and colors. Your audiologist will recommend the custom earplugs best suited for your situation, needs, and preferences.

Custom earplugs are available for a number of professions and hobbies, including:


Hunting, target shooting and sudden impact noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows normal sound to pass through at all other times.


Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. These filtered plugs allow the wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. The filters can be changed for more or less reduction depending on the listening environment.


Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.


Ideal for high-noise industrial environments or for use with lawn care equipment or power tools. These are solid earplugs for maximum noise reduction.

People often ask: What is the best kind of hearing protection? The answer is: The kind that is used!

Contact your audiologist to determine which kind is best for you.