Studies show that approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a hearing loss.
Earplugs are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and are designed not just to prevent excessive noise from damaging the ears, but also to keep foreign objects like water, dust and dirt from entering the ear canals. Because everybody’s ears are unique, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of earplugs that have been custom molded to fit your ears, especially if you are exposed to a noisy environment on a regular basis.
Earplugs designed for noise protection may be made out of memory foam that is compressed until inserted in the ear, where it expands to fill the canal; silicone, which is rolled in the shape of a ball and molded to fit over the external portion of the ear canal; and flanged, which resemble miniature Christmas trees and are inserted into the ear to create a firm seal. All earplugs are rated by decibel level, and are either disposable or permanent.