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Noise-induced hearing loss can result from a single loud noise such as a firecracker or gunshot. Hearing loss can also result from prolonged exposure to noise over a period of time. It occurs gradually and without pain. The best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to take care of your hearing by protecting your ears with noise canceling custom earplugs.
Conventional earplugs muffle speech and music. They reduce the sound more in the high frequencies than in the low and mid frequencies, which makes music and voices unclear and unnatural. Foam plugs can provide 30-40 dB of sound reduction, but only a small amount is typically needed. Musicians earplugs can be customized to provide 9 dB, 15 dB or 25 dB reduction as desired.
Hearing loss is a function of exposure time, the average sound and the peak level of very loud sounds. Some persons are more susceptible to hearing loss from loud sounds than others. Most musicians do not need maximum protection, and many industrial workers can be adequately protected with as little as 10 dB of sound reduction. The majority of eight-hour-equivalent noise exposure in industry falls between 85 and 95 dB.
Ear molds need to seal deeply in the bony portion of the ear canal so the wearer will not hear a hollow or boomy sound in their own voice when talking, singing or playing music. Custom earplugs for musicians are designed to match the ears natural response. The result is that music and speech can still be heard clearly, but quieter. Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings and they are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods. They require different amounts of protection depending on the sound levels they encounter during rehearsals and performances.
Sound is not muffled
Sound quality is clear and natural
Fidelity is preserved
Noise fatigue is reduced
Custom earplugs are recommended for all the following people exposed to loud sounds
Fire Arms Users and Hunters
Band Teachers and Music Instructors
DJs and Radio Hosts
NFL Football Players and other professional athletes
Referees and Timekeepers
Traders (Stock and Commodities Exchange)
Wedding and Event Photographers
Farmers and Commercial Gardeners