Hearing Protection

Hearing protection devices for everyone

For musicians

For youth

Non-Custom Earplugs

Etymotic ER20 Ety-Plugs

etymotic.com

Multipurpose - appropriate for a variety of situations

    Advantages:
  • Up to 33 dB of attenuation
  • Inexpensive ($1-$15 per pair)
  • Various shapes, sizes and colors
  • Various materials (silicone, plastic, foam, rubber)
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Convenient
  • Can have uniform attenuation
  • Can be washed and reused
  • Can be connected with a cord or band
    Disadvantages:
  • Proper insertion may be time consuming (but is needed to achieve optimum attenuation)
    Fitting:
  • The plugs should fit deep and snugly into the ear canal and should fill the ear canal completely
  • Expandable foam earplugs should be rolled into a thin cylinder, then inserted into the ear
  • Pre-molded earplugs should be fit by reaching over the head with one had to pull up on the ear while inserting the earplug deeply
  • The earplug should not be visible sticking out from the ear when looking at an individual from the front. If the earplugs have a stem, only the stem should be visible. If the earplug has flanges, all flanges should fit inside of the ear canal

Custom Earplugs

Custom Earplugs

westone.com

Multipurpose - appropriate for a variety of situations

    Advantages:
  • Custom fit for an individualís ear
  • Up to 33 dB attenuation
  • Proper fit is easily and consistently achieved
  • Last for an extended period of time
  • Easily cleaned with soap and water
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Convenient
  • Various shapes, sizes, colors and materials
  • Can have uniform attenuation
  • Can be connected with a cord or band
    Disadvantages:
  • Expensive ($115-$200)
  • Regular cleaning needed to protect hygiene of the ear
    Fitting:
  • An audiologist must make an impression of the ears before the earplugs can be made

Passive Earmuffs

Passive Earmuffs

Howard Leight Earmuffs

Blocks all sounds passively. Appropriate for use at sporting events, while using power tools or lawn care equipment, and for household chores.

    Advantages:
  • Up to 30 dB of attenuation
  • Inexpensive ($5-$35)
  • Durable
  • Can attach to the head in multiple ways
    Disadvantages:
  • May be uncomfortable
  • Inconvenient
  • Hot
  • Uncomfortable
  • Monitor closely for deformities
    Fitting:
  • Earmuffs must be free of deformities
  • No physical modifications of the earmuffs
  • Earmuffs should seal off the ear completely, there should be no gaps between the ear and the earmuff
  • Make sure the earmuffs are compatible with other equipment (glasses, helmet, etc)

Electronic Earmuffs

Electronically allows safe levels to be heard while blocking high level sounds using compression. Great for hunting.

Electronic Earmuffs

Peltor AM/FM Headset

    Advantages:
  • Up to 30 dB of attenuation
  • Can amplify desired sounds while blocking out harmful sounds
  • Radio or communication capabilities
  • Durable
  • Can attach to the head in multiple ways
    Disadvantages:
  • High price $40-$360
  • May be uncomfortable
  • Inconvenient
  • Hot
  • Uncomfortable
  • Monitor closely for deformities