It’s a startling fact that people who seek help early on for their hearing loss retain more of their natural hearing ability as the years pass than those who don’t. One of the number one ways to preserve your hearing if you are showing signs of hearing loss is to use proper hearing protection for potentially damaging activities. Whether you are showing signs of hearing loss or regularly participate in activities like hunting that put your hearing at risk, then it is time to consider your hearing protection options. Today there are several ear protection devices available including:
- Ear Muffs
- Ear Plugs
- Digital Sound Compressing Hearing Aids
Ear muffs are a form of hearing protection designed to fit against the head and enclose the entire external ears. The inside of the muff cup is lined with acoustic foam which can reduce noise by as much as 15 to 30 decibels. The original ear muff has foam filled ear cushions and a noise reduction rating of up to 25 decibels when worn over the head. There are also ear muff hearing protectors that include a radio, for those who cannot stand being deprived of their tunes, even on a rifle range. Ear muffs are often used in conjunction with ear plugs to protect the employee from extremely loud noises, usually at or above 105 decibels.
From cotton balls to custom fitted ear plugs, these small devices are the least obtrusive, and probably the most common, form of hearing protection. They are surprisingly effective. Preformed ear plugs come in different sizes to fit different sizes of ear canals. Formable or foam ear plugs, if placed in the ear correctly, will expand to fill the ear canal and seal against the walls. This allows foam ear plugs to fit ear canals of different sizes. SportEAR, a major producer of hearing protection devices of all types, credits their disposable Red-E-Fit foam ear plugs with a noise reduction of 31 decibels.
Digital Sound Compressing Hearing Aids
Perhaps the most amazing and revolutionary form of hearing protection available today is the SportEAR digital hearing aid. The SportEAR hearing protection provided through their digital hearing aids combines high-end hearing aid technology with state-of-the-art hearing protection in a single device. The SportEAR is the number one form of hearing protection among avid hunters throughout the country. Imagine hearing the outdoors come alive and protecting your ears from muzzle blast at the same time! The SportEAR digital hearing aid allows hunters to hear their surroundings better than normal and protects their ears from damaging noise with one product. Sounds louder than 90 decibels, over a period of time, can damage hearing, and the average gun blast can range in excess of 140 decibels. SportEAR compresses all sound waves that come in over 90 decibels, and amplifies sounds that register at lower decibels to provide you with optimal hearing protection while enhancing the sounds of nature at the same time. It is this state-of-the-art technology that makes SportEAR digital hearing aids an obvious choice for quality hearing protection.