Custom Ear Molds to Prevent Hearing Loss
Hearing loss in one or both ears affects approximately 36 million adults in the United States. Noise-induced hearing loss typically occurs gradually and without pain. Often by the time an individual realizes that there may be a problem, it is too late. Some of the early warning signs include difficulty hearing conversations in person and on the phone, increasing the volume on the television or radio, difficulty hearing certain sounds or pitches, and tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. With the availability of information and resources, positive steps can be taken to reduce the occurrence of noise-induced hearing loss such as custom ear molds to protect your ears and preserve your hearing.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that continued exposure of unprotected ears to noise 85 decibels or greater will cause gradual hearing loss in a significant number of individuals including dentists, pilots and airline personnel, industrial workers, musicians, restaurant and nightclub personnel, and hunters or those shooting firearms.
There are also several recreational activities that could damage your hearing. Custom ear molds may benefit you if you frequently travel, listen to music, attend sporting events, or have a sensitivity to loud sounds.
At UConn Health, we can customize products to suit your personal or professional requirements. Earpieces are available in various styles, materials, and colors for your individual needs. Some of the options include noise suppression earplugs, AquaSeal earplugs, personal listening device and cell phone ear molds, medical ear molds, musician earplugs, telecommunications ear molds, aviation ear molds, custom radio headphones, hunting and shooting ear molds, and motorsports ear molds. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your hearing protection needs with one of our highly trained audiologists.