Over the decades, people slowly became aware of the link between noisy environments and hearing loss. It was known that explosive sound could damage hearing, temporarily and permanently. It is now known that constant exposure to noisy areas like construction, music venues, factories and mining can also permanently damage hearing in many degrees. Occupational safety now mandates hearing protection in many industries.
Hearing protection comes in two basic categories: earplugs and earphones, or earmuffs. There are many variations and hybrids that cover some or all of the ear. They are all designed to keep harmful levels of soundwaves from reaching the eardrum.
Hearing protection is becoming increasingly specialized. Along with protection products for general noise, there are items for more exact hobbies, like hunting, shooting, musicians, swimming and diving, and more.
Electronic hearing protectors have been developed to close a valve instantly upon receiving concussive and explosive soundwaves. The valve is open to normal sound until such an event occurs. While these work well on concussive construction sites that use pounding machines, they are specifically designed to stop the vibrations of a gunshot.
Swimming and diving can cause irritation to the ear, or worse, can cause Swimmer’s ear if you frequently spend time in the water. Earplugs made specifically for swimming – air and water-tight – can be custom-molded to your ears. Divers are particularly susceptible to ear problems from pressure at lower depths. Earplugs designed to prevent this damage are custom fit.
While everyone working in loud musical entertainment environments like concert halls should wear hearing protection, musicians are particularly susceptible to long periods of loud noise. However, they must also be able to follow every beat and hear the musical notes. Musicians hearing protectors, or monitors, allow frequencies and volumes to reach the eardrum but protect against the loudest decibel levels.
Many jobs in noisy industries require people to be in constant communication while using hearing protection. Radio-equipped earphones with Bluetooth allow speaking and listening at normal volume even in the middle of a loud work site.
Drivers of loud cars and trucks, motorcycles and other loud motor equipment use earplugs designed to allow the noise of emergency vehicles to reach the eardrum at specified levels of volume.
Hearing Protection Products We Offer Include:
Hunting, shooting and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.
Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.
For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.
Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Also great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.
Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.
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.
Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.
For use with any bud/button style earphones.
Amplification for situational awareness, as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.
Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots.
Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.