Fireworks. Construction next door. Mowing the lawn. These three seemingly different items all have one thing in common – they can cause hearing loss after repeated exposure.
Many individuals often don’t think about how complex the hearing process actually is, but once we begin to lose some of our hearing, we quickly realize how delicate our ears are. Hearing loss can creep up on you and in the instance of noise induced hearing loss, an impairment caused by exposure to loud sounds, the damage can be permanent. That’s why at Mark Kripal Hearing & Audiology we are strong advocates for preserving your healthy hearing and preventing hearing loss before it begins.
It’s estimated that over 15% of Americans experience Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), a preventable form of hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise. Although this form of hearing loss is irreversible, custom hearing protection can prevent it from starting in the first place.
You don’t have to be exposed to noises that physically hurt in order for them to be damaging. A wide range of common sounds can lead to noise induced hearing loss, including gunshots, chain saws, lawn mowers, city traffic, garbage trucks, and more. Store-bought ear plugs can help to dampen some of the noise, but they are not designed to provide the level of protection that our delicate ear drums truly need.
Thankfully, custom made ear plugs and earmolds are an easy solution to noise prevention, and are manufactured in a wide range of styles to meet your individual needs. These options work to create a secure and comfortable fit, thus protecting your ears from damaging sounds while allowing you to enjoy your favorite activities. These custom-fit earmolds are also excellent for keeping the ear canal dry and healthy for all underwater activities. Custom hearing protection is ideal for:
- Concert fans
- Industrial & Construction personnel
- Sleep plug users
- Air traffic controllers
- Musicians (Musician In-ear Monitors or IEMs)
- Law Enforcement
We find that patients who never thought about using ear protection before have discovered a whole new way of keeping their hearing healthy after a visit to our office. Even if you tend to engage in quiet activities yet have a partner who snores at night, you too can benefit from a custom fit device. Not only are these custom earmolds and ear plugs made from high quality materials, but they are incredibly comfortable and can even be fitted with attenuators so that you can communicate with others while still protecting your hearing.
Don’t let noise induced hearing loss take away your hearing ability! Start protecting your ears today with our custom products and enjoy healthy hearing for the rest of your life. Contact our office today to learn more.