Musicians' and Swimmers' Earplugs
Musicians have unique needs when it comes to hearing protection. They need to protect their hearing, but they also need to be able to hear their own music clearly, as well as hear other musicians' music and voices while performing.
Conventional store-bought ear plugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling speech and sound in the process. They make music and voices very unclear and unnatural to listen to. While conventional hearing protection can reduce very high frequencies, this amount of hearing protection is typically not needed for musicians.
Most musicians do not need maximum protection. What they need is mid- to low-frequency protection. This can be accomplished through ear plugs that are specifically designed for musicians.
Musician's Ear Plugs
Musician's ear plugs come in both custom and non-custom options. Ready-fit musician ear plugs can reduce sound levels by approximately 20 dB, enough to reduce harmful sound without distorting speech or music.
These type of ear plugs are deep in order to allow the earmold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces what is known as occlusion, a hollow or boomy sound in the musicians own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality ear plugs. These type of deep-fit earmolds are popular with musicians because of the quality of sound they allow them to hear while practicing and performing.
Musician's ear plugs are not just for musicians. They are also a popular hearing protection option for:
- Sound crews
- Recording engineers
- Band teachers
- Airline personnel
- Athletic coaches
- NFL football players
- Medical professionals
- Construction workers
- Industrial workers
- Truck drivers
Swimmers' Ear Plugs
Ear plugs are highly recommended for swimming, especially in the case of people who swim frequently, because swimmers are at risk of developing infections in their ears as a result of frequent irritation with water. Infections which arise as a result of swimming are known, fittingly, as “swimmer's ear,” and can be painful and annoying. Additionally, repeat infections can contribute to hearing loss. Swimming plugs work best if they are custom molded to fit each person's ears personally.
Several avid, and even some recreational swimmers come to our offices for custom molded earplugs.
The ear impression is the most important part of the process in getting a good custom fit. The quality of the ear impression material and technique directly impacts the sound quality, sound isolation, and comfort that is achieved with the earmold. Because this part of the process is so crucial, it's important that you hire someone who is experienced and trained in making impressions for any high-quality earplug.
Earmolds for both products can be custom made to fit your unique ear shape in one of our offices. Call to make an appointment.