Hearing loss is becoming more and more prevalent – both in Australia and around the world. Approximately 1 in every 6 people worldwide is affected by hearing loss, and as the population ages – and noise pollution increases – this number is expected to rise in the coming years.
There are different ways to protect your ears. These methods are basically divided into two different types: ear protection that closes off the auditory canal, which includes various types of ear plugs, ear plugs with frames, wadding and ear molds, and ear protection that covers the ear.
Ear protection wadding is made of special mineral fibers covered with a thin film. The film prevents any fiber residue being left in the ear. Pressure between the ear canal and the outside can be equalized, as the wadding does not seal the ear hermetically.
This gives greater comfort for the wearer. Ear protection wadding is very economical.
Here, an individual mold is made for each ear canal. High-quality fitting and a good, close fit give especially high levels of comfort. Special holes allow optional filters to be inserted and replaced, which means that the ear plugs can be modified to suit the required or mandatory level of sound insulation.
Ear plugs with frames consist of ready-shaped plugs attached to a frame. In many types, the frame can be worn at the back of the neck, on the head or under the chin. Ear plugs with frames are particularly suited where the ear protection has to be frequently removed and replaced.
If they are not worn correctly, the minimum sound insulation level is not reached, so ear plugs with frames should not be used at noise levels above 90 dB. Sounds transmitted into the ear via the frame – by contact with the hands, for example – can sometimes cause an unpleasant sensation.
We can help you find the right hearing solution for your needs, and will run you through the many different types of hearing aids available. With over 140 clinics across Australia, find your closest store and request a free hearing test,or call 1800-693-277 to speak to a hearing expert now.