What’s the Best Hearing Protection?

A man wearing hearing protection.

Ear protection has become increasingly specialized, and finding the best hearing protection is a matter of where you’ll use it and what features you need. Whether you’re looking for earmuffs to mow the lawn, earplugs to use at the shooting range, custom musician’s hearing protection to play in your band, or headphones with Bluetooth technology so you can communicate with coworkers onsite, we’ve got you covered.

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What happens to your hearing if you don’t wear ear protection?

Loud sounds of 85 decibels for more than 8 hours can cause permanent hearing loss. That’s actually not as loud as many people think. Even everyday noises such as a lawnmower, snow blower, or leaf blower are louder than that. And you don’t need to be around loud noise all day to cause damage. Your earbuds can emit sounds as loud as 110 decibels. If you’re exposed to loud noise part of your day, and then listen to music later, you can develop hearing loss. Construction workers can have permanent hearing loss after just one day of work.

Ear protection and earmuffs with Bluetooth

If you need ear protection at work to block out dangerous, loud noise but still need to communicate with others, you probably need ear protection with Bluetooth connectivity. These types of hearing protection will allow you to communicate with your coworkers without removing your earmuffs or headset. Your ears will be protected, and you’ll still be able to hear instructions, warning bells, and more. Ask us what type of hearing protection is best for your environment.

Man with Bluetooth Hearing Protection

Types of hearing protection in King of Prussia & Bensalem

There are many ways to protect your hearing, including:

Custom Ear Molds

Ear plugs and ear molds made specifically for your ear will fit more snugly in your ear canal to help block high-decibel sounds. LifeSound Hearing can provide custom ear protection and ear molds for your smart devices. We also offer sleep plugs made specifically for you.

Ear Protection for Musicians

What’s the best ear protection for drummers? What hearing protection do professional musicians use? Ask us about Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25 and In-Ear Musician’s Monitors and get your jam on without worrying about hearing loss.

First Responders (Police / Military)

Did you know that as a first responder you’re at a high risk of losing your hearing? If you’re in law enforcement you have an 80 percent chance of developing noticeable hearing loss. Firefighters, rescue workers, EMT and other first responders are also high risk. You may love your job, but between exposure to high-decibel noise like sirens, megaphones, gunshots and even traffic damages the sensitive parts of your ear over time. Be sure to ask us about special ear protection for shooting, military and other special needs.

Ear Protection for Swimming

Ear plugs or custom molds protect your ears from infections, surfer’s ear and future hearing loss. There are two primary types of ear protection commonly used by swimmers: custom molds and earplugs. Custom molds, made by taking impressions of the individual’s ear canal, provide an optimal and snug fit, effectively sealing out water and preventing ear infections. They are particularly beneficial for professional swimmers and those with chronic ear problems. On the other hand, earplugs, available in various materials and designs, offer a more affordable and versatile option. They help reduce the risk of swimmer’s ear, a painful condition caused by water trapped in the ear canal. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a recreational swimmer, protecting your ears with these devices ensures you can enjoy the pool or open water without compromising your hearing or health.

Hunters & Recreational Shooters

As many as 50 percent of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. It is generally thought that loud noises in excess of 90 decibels are harmful to hearing over prolonged exposure. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels and requires reliable, quality hearing protection. Using ear protection can prevent needless and permanent damage to hearing.

Hunting requires one to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from the peak noise levels of a shotgun blast. Fortunately, hunters have many options for protection. Not only can they choose from custom or over-the-counter ear plugs or earmuffs, they can also choose protection devices that provide amplification while reducing the sounds of gunfire down to a safe level.

Electronic earplugs enhance the sounds around you. For example, you can hear game movement but also reduce impulse sounds (such as gunfire) down to a safe level. This helps prevent damage to your hearing. Electronic earplugs are available in custom molds as well as standard, less expensive alternatives.