Noise induced hearing loss

At the last count, 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss, about 20 percent of the population. While hearing loss can be a regular part of the natural aging process, loud noises that you experience throughout your life can also cause it to happen sooner. Indeed, one of the leading causes of hearing loss is hearing loss caused by overexposure to noise.

How does noise cause hearing loss?

We are subject to constant noise every day, from noisy offices to road noise and even household noises such as machines, vacuum cleaners or televisions.

Noise-hearing loss (NIHL) is hearing loss due to being subjected to these sounds for too long. At first, the sounds of traffic or the hum of an air conditioner will not harm your ears, but if you are exposed to some daily sounds, the effects may combine into hearing damage caused by noise.

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Noise induced hearing loss

NIHL can be gradual or sudden

Hearing loss can also happen suddenly if you're near your ear exposed to a loud noise like a gunshot or engine backfire. It just takes a second to inflict permanent harm to your hearing.

It is, however, most likely due to overexposure to unnecessary noise for too long or single exposure to a loud sound, blast, or impulse.  This overexposure can cause fatigue and eventually damage our hearing organ's sensitive structures (cochlea).  They include the hair cells that are tiny sensory cells that transmit sound energy to the brain.  If impaired, these hair cells can't grow again.

An ounce of prevention

Although we can't avoid traffic noise or the sounds of our home maintenance machines, we can do something to protect ourselves.

You should wear hearing protection around loud noises, such as when using lawn equipment or power tools, when driving motorcycles, or when attending live events such as concerts or truck or car racing. Hearing protection enables you to continue to live the life you see fit, while also protecting yourself from harm.

There are so many options for hearing protective devices that it can be challenging to decide which one is for you. While over the counter hearing protection will no doubt help, but the most convenient and effective type of ear protection is molded specially for your ears.

Custom hearing protection

We can fit you for custom-fitted earmolds. They are impressions of the ear canal and concha (the outer bowl-shaped part of your body). They stick entirely to the shape of the inside of your ears, providing you with a comfortable fit and excellent sound protection around you, but still allowing you to listen. Here are some of the types of hearing protection that we offer:


Musician’s earplugs

Love concerts? Do you play in a local band? Music can get pretty noisy and must be turned down, but we don't have the power at all. Foam earplugs improve the music's sound quality, but custom filtered hearing protection makes sure you hear all the sounds you need while filtering out the ones you don't.

Swimmer’s plugs 

All our swimmer's earplugs are built to prevent water and bacteria from reaching your ear canal when swimming, protecting your skin, and making swimming enjoyable again. They help avoid swimmer's ear (otitis externa) and surfer's ear (exostosis). They are also suitable for surfing, showering, kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, and bathing. With these earplugs, you can hit the pool with confidence.

hunter’s plugs 

As much as 50% of all recreational shooters can experience some degree of loss of hearing. Using ear protection can prevent unnecessary and irreversible hearing damage. Our hunting ear protection allows you to be able to hear very soft noises, while also shielding your ear from a firearm's peak noise levels.