ZN Audiology: Providing Custom Hearing Protection

Offering Audiologist Services To NYC

When it comes to treating hearing loss, the best treatment is prevention. And since sudden or prolonged exposure to noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, that means preventing damage in these situations is a great way to avoid hearing problems. Whether it’s earplugs for hunters or in-ear monitors for musicians, there are solutions available to help us all keep our hearing healthy and avoid noise-related hearing loss. But truly preventing hearing loss often requires custom hearing protection, as over-the-counter solutions can’t always get the job done. 

That’s where we can help. We understand that anyone subjected to noise exposure may need to wear hearing protection to protect their long-term hearing. Whatever your unique lifestyle, our NY audiology practice locations have custom solutions to fit your needs. Your hearing is important, and we want to help you take care to protect it for today and for the future. If you work in a high-noise environment, contact us today to begin discussing the right ear care solution for you. We promise to put your health first and to give you access to the care you need at affordable pricing!

FAQs on Custom Hearing Protection:

Who Exactly Needs Customized Hearing Protection?

If you work in a high-noise environment, you need specialized hearing protection. Target shooters, motorcyclists, pilots, musicians, construction workers, and factory workers are just a handful of examples of people who will benefit from properly caring for their hearing. You also need hearing protection if you are repeatedly exposed to the following:

  • lawn mowers

  • truck engines

  • motorcycles

  • garbage trucks

  • chain saws

  • pneumatic drills

  • musical concerts

  • bars and nightclubs

  • gunshots

  • jet engines

 

Is Hearing Protection Just For High Volume Activities?

Nope! Earmolds and custom earplugs can be helpful in other scenarios. With that in mind, custom solutions are also available to people involved in particular hobbies and activities. This includes earplugs for swimmers, and even protection to worn while sleeping.

 

Why Can't I Just Use Over-The-Counter Earplugs?

Though over-the-counter earplugs offer some protection, if they don’t properly block the ear canal, they won’t be 100% effective. Only custom earmolds and earplugs offer maximum protection. As a result, they'll give your ears the best possible protection against hearing loss. They'll also be more comfortable since they're designed specifically for your ears -  and if you like wearing them, you'll be more likely to use them!

 

What Do Custom Earmolds And Earplugs Look And Feel Like?

Custom hearing protection solutions come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles/types. For example, some are solid while others are made of softer materials. Full-shell and half-shell styles are both common choices among wearers. Some users want earmolds or earplugs with handles or detachable cords. And some models are designed specifically to protect your ears while allowing for normal communication (these are popular with musicians). 

That said, you'll want to consider your noise exposure when picking earmolds as well. That's because, full-shell earmolds are generally for high-level noise exposure, while half-shell are for mid-level noise exposure. 

To ensure you pick the best solution for you, always discuss your goals and lifestyle needs with your audiologist.