Custom Earmolds and Earplugs
As the name implies, custom earplugs or earmolds are made to fit the unique contour of your ear. Other than for certain types of hearing aids earplugs or earmolds are made primarily for two reasons. Patients who may be prone to infections or patients who have small tubes in their eardrums (grommets) may be advised to keep water out of their ears and may find over-the-counter plugs unreliable. Custom fitted swim plugs are therefore a good option.
The other reason is hearing protection against the effects of noise exposure. Many people are exposed to noises of a certain quality or intensity that may damage their hearing. In such cases ear protection with ear muffs or custom fitted earplugs are recommended. They come in a wide variety of sizes and types. Some earmolds are solid, and some are soft or spongy. The most popular styles are full shell and half shell. Full shell earmolds are generally for high-level noise exposure, while half shell are for mid-level noise exposure. The type of earmold your hearing professional recommends will depend on your individual needs. Some earmolds come with a filtered attenuator, allowing for verbal communication while still protecting hearing, which is popular with musicians.
Whatever your unique lifestyle, your hearing professional has custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important. Take care to protect it for today and for the future. If you work in a high-noise environment, it's important to have regular hearing appointments to check for early indications of hearing loss. Speak with your hearing specialist today about the right solution for you.