The Right Hearing Protection Tailored to Fit Your Ears

Hearing loss tends to be irreversible, but it can be preventable. Although it’s not possible to protect you against the deterioration that comes from aging or genetics, we can protect you from the damage done by exposure to loud noise.
Female industrial worker wearing noise isolating hearing protection

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), the second most common cause of hearing loss, involves frequent or ongoing exposure to loud noise or exposure to a single extreme noise event. It is among the most common causes of permanent hearing loss in individuals under the age of 65.

If your occupation, hobbies, or activities often expose you to continuous loud noise or explosive noise and you’re ready to protect your ears, you could be wondering, “Is there a place to find hearing protection near me?”

Denton Hearing Health Care has you covered with earplugs and hearing protection tailored to fit your ears and capable of preventing the damage to your ears that leads to NIHL whether you’re exposed to noise while you work, do chores around the house, or during hobbies and social activities.

Women demonstrating how to wear an earplug for hearing protection

Benefits of Custom Hearing Protection

Earplugs that are custom molded to fit the unique contours of your ears tend to provide a more secure fit, which means they’re more apt to stay in place when you’re active, but they also provide greater comfort. Additionally, each type of custom hearing protection provides additional benefits related to their specific use, including:
  • Accurate frequency response, providing a full range of sounds but at a reduced volume.
  • Venting, so that sound passes both ways and your own voice won’t reverberate in your ears.
  • Precision-engineered filters for measurable protection with more natural sound.
  • Medical-grade silicone construction so you can wear them for extended periods of time without irritation or discomfort.
  • Replaceable sound filters in order to select and change the level of sound protection you need for different activities and situations.

Custom Hearing Protection Available from Denton Hearing Health Care

Whether your exposure to noise is at work, during recreational activities, sports, or at concerts and clubs, you run the risk of damaging your hearing without proper protection. Instead of changing your lifestyle and activities you enjoy, we provide custom hearing protection for each of the activities you take part in, such as:

  • Hunting, shooting, and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.
  • Music Hearing Plugs. Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearers to hear sounds accurately but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9 dB, 15 dB, or 25 dB.
  • Swim Plugs. For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.
  • Sleep Plugs. Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.
  • Motorsport Plugs. Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.
  • Surfer Plugs. Designed to prevent surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear caused by exposure to cold water and wind. The floatable material is molded with a sealed membrane spanning the sound bore that keeps cold water and air out of the ear canal but allows for conversation and hearing while in the ear.
  • Occupational Plugs. Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.
  • Custom Earbuds. For use with any bud/button style earphones.

We also offer DefendEar Earplugs

DefendEar 1:
Amplification for situational awareness as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.

DefendEar 2:
Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots.

DefendEar Hunter:
Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.

Learn More about Custom Hearing Protection

Hearing better for as long as possible without sacrificing the activities and the lifestyle you enjoy depends upon how well you take care of your ears. The team at Denton Hearing Health Care wants to make sure that your ears are well protected whether the risk of damage to your hearing comes from work, recreational activities, or your lifestyle choices.

Learn more about how we can help protect your hearing with custom earplugs and hearing protection by using the adjacent form to contact our hearing protection experts.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Custom Hearing Protection

Q. When is hearing protection required or when should hearing protection be worn?

A. Noise intensities are measured in decibel (dB) units with zero representing complete silence and each level of intensity on the scale a multiplication of intensity (i.e., 10 dB is 10 times louder than complete silence). Intensities below 85 dB are considered safe without hearing protection, while exposure to a sound intensity of 85 dB is safe from damage for up to 8 hours without any form of protection.

With each increase of 3 dB of intensity, the amount of time you can be exposed to each sound level without protection is cut in half. Here are some examples of the amount of time you can be exposed to each sound intensity without hearing protection:

  • 88 dB = 4 hours
  • 91 dB = 2 hours
  • 94 dB = 1 hour
  • 110 dB = 90 seconds
  • 120 dB = 7 seconds
  • 130 dB+ = instant damage

Lawn equipment, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and power tools have noise levels of between 90 dB and 105 dB, so engaging in activities where they are used for between 30 minutes and two hours can cause damage when your ears are left unprotected. Listening to music on headphones or earbuds at high levels (110 dB to 115 dB) for more than a few seconds or a little over one minute is particularly dangerous to your hearing. Major sporting events, live concerts, or nightclubs often reach levels of up to 135 dB, while discharging a firearm will have an intensity level in excess of 145 dB.

Q. What is the best type of hearing protection?

A. For a more secure fit and greater comfort as well as the capacity to change filters in order to accommodate noise levels during different activities, custom hearing protection provides the best hearing protection solution.

Q. What is the best hearing protection for hunting and shooting?

A. The best hearing protection for hunting and shooting should filter firearm discharges at or in excess of 145 dB while allowing the user to retain situational awareness and hear the sounds of the surrounding environment.

Q. Should I wear hearing protection when mowing or cutting the grass?

A. Gas powered lawn mowers operate at around 90 dB, so to err on the side of caution, you should wear hearing protection if you are going to be using your lawn mower for more than two hours.

Q. What does NRR mean for hearing protection?

A. NRR stands for Noise Reduction Rating, which was devised to give purchasers and users of hearing protection a guideline on what amount of noise protection they can expect from the hearing protection products they purchase.

Each rating attenuates (filters) noise to varying degrees at different frequencies, but in general, the NRR rating is the amount of general noise reduction of the product. For example, a product with an NRR rating of 30 would reduce the amount of noise exposure to your ears by 30 dB, bringing the use of a chainsaw (105 dB to 110 dB) down to levels of safe operation for more than 8 hours.

Q. What do musicians earplugs do?

A. Musicians earplugs provide filtering of loud volume music without distorting the tone of those sounds, allowing the performer protection while allowing them to maintain pitch. Some versions can also include music monitoring, which eliminates the need for on-stage monitors.

Q. Are custom earplugs covered by insurance?

A. Insurance companies see earplugs as elective, but some companies will allow you to set aside the cost of custom earplugs for occupational use in your FSA (flexible spending account).

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