Wearing ear plugs is one of the smartest decisions you can make when it comes to protecting your ears from hearing damage. While all ear plugs have the same purpose, custom earplugs specially designed for certain activities will provide better protection and offer a more comfortable fit, especially when they have been molded to fit the contours of your ears.
Earplugs come in different styles, shapes, and sizes, depending on their intended use. They may be constructed of memory foam that is compressed but expands when placed in the ear, or silicone that is rolled into a ball and molded to fit over the external portion of the ear canal. Flanged earplugs create a tight seal for added protection. When shopping for ear plugs, look at the decibel rating to determine whether they are adequate for your needs.
Ear plugs for swimmers or surfers are designed to keep water out of the ears, preventing medical conditions such as exostosis – which can lead to hearing loss – from developing. They are usually made of wax or foam.
Musicians and others constantly exposed to loud music benefit from custom earplugs that reduce volume without distorting sound. Normal ear plugs cut off high fidelity sounds, leading to muffled speech and distortion; musicians’ earplugs are designed to allow the full range of sounds in.
Hunters and persons in law enforcement might benefit from electronic ear plugs. These feature an acoustic filter that offers dynamic range compression, softening loud noises while amplifying softer ones. A special valve closes when struck by a sound pressure wave, providing protection against gunshots, explosions, and other sudden loud noises.
If you participate in any of these activities, consider purchasing custom earplugs for better protection and a secure fit.