When it comes to our hearing, we should always consider protecting it at all costs. Our sense of hearing is not reversible like our vision. Once it’s damaged, it continues to deteriorate and will never restore to its original hearing ability.
The good thing is, though, there are different kinds of hearing protection available in the market today. They are all designed for your convenience, preference, and need of use. Here are the three types of hearing protection:
Disposable earplugs are comfortable to wear and are inexpensive. They are convenient to use even in refined areas. Since they come in small sizes, they are easy to carry anywhere. Disposable earplugs can be worn comfortably for an extended period of time. However, be aware they can also cause wax impaction and will need proper hygiene practices in order to avoid causing ear infections.
Foam ear plugs is the best example of disposable earplugs. Because foam earplugs easily attract dust and dirt, it is advisable that you dispose of them after using more than once.
Customized earplugs are very comfortable to wear since they are molded for your custom fit. You can customize them with your choice of style, color, and size. Aside from that, they last long between three to five years. Because of their longevity, it is budget-friendly considering that you won’t need replacement during that period of time.
Similar to the disposable earplugs, you also have to observe proper hygiene practices when handling these earplugs. They are more expensive compared to the disposable ones. However, since the product lasts longer, it is a great value for your money. Another disadvantage of these earplugs is that they can cause minor irritation to your ear canals.
Another type of hearing protection available in the market are safety earmuffs. Because of their big size, they can be put on and taken off easily. The chances of misplacing them are narrow since they can be seen easily. Unlike the earplugs, you don’t have to worry about hygiene practices. Since they don’t get inside your ear canal, your ears are safe from irritations.
However, because of their size, they are inconvenient to carry around. Prolonged hours of using them can also make them uncomfortable to use since they become warm. Another disadvantage of earmuffs is that you can’t associate them with other PPEs, but you can use them together with earplugs for added protection.
Each type of hearing protection varies in their Noise Reduction Rating or NRR. Disposable earplugs have an NRR rating of NRR 21 – NRR 33, customized ear plugs ranged from NRR 25- NRR 29 and safety earmuffs ranged from NRR 21- NRR 33.
Before deciding on which type of hearing protection you need, be sure to evaluate yourself regarding your lifestyle, your daily activities, and your intended use. If you’re not sure how much NRR you’ll need, consult one of our audiologists at Beltone Audiology. They’d be happy to assist you and give you a step by step guide in finding the hearing protection that suits you best. Call today at (888) 210-5846.