Earmolds and Earplugs
You don’t need to wait until you have a hearing loss to visit us at Northwest Hearing and Tinnitus. If you are interested in preventative ways to protect your hearing or just want to sleep through sound, you can make an appointment with one of our Doctors of Audiology to have custom earplugs made.
We make custom earplugs and do earmold impressions for everything from Noise Exposure, Sleeping, Swimming, to Musicians Ear Plugs for In Ear Monitors (IEMs).
Earmolds and Earplugs
Did you know that noise-induced hearing loss, or hearing loss caused by sudden or prolonged exposure to noise, can cause permanent damage to your hearing? In fact, noise-induced hearing loss is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. As such, it is important to protect your hearing when you know you’ll be in such environments.
When do I need earplugs?
Noisy environments and hobbies that can cause hearing damage include:
- Construction sites
- Manufacturing companies
- Shooting ranges
In addition, many household chores and everyday occurrences can put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Everything from lawn mowers and blenders to garbage trucks, chainsaws and ambulances, can all cause temporary hearing loss due to noise exposure.
What are earplugs?
While it can be difficult to protect your hearing from a passing ambulance, you can protect your hearing by wearing earplugs. Earplugs are soft, squishy cones that fit inside the outer part of the ear canal. There are many store-bought or over-the-counter versions available that can be easily disposed and replaced. These provide an adequate amount of hearings protection, but can make hearing anything difficult.
For those who need more adaptability from their hearing protection, there are specialized earplugs. Musicians often use this type of specialized protection because musician earplugs filter out the damaging sounds while still allowing you to hear the notes, words and pitches required to perform.
How much do custom earplugs cost?
The cost of earplugs depend on what type of earplugs you need. Noise and Sleep earplugs are occluding meaning they fully close off your ear and attenuate noise from entering your ear; this is ideal for situations where you don’t need to hear any or only minimal noise. Musician earplugs allow sound to come through clearly while reducing overall loudness; this is ideal for situations like concerts or worksites where you need to hear your surroundings while protecting your ears from long-term exposure to loud noise.
- Musician earplugs: $350 +tax*
- Noise or Sleep earplugs: $230 +tax*
*These prices include the cost of your earmold impression appointment. These prices will be an out-of-pocket expense as they cannot be billed to insurance.
What are earmolds?
Earmolds tend to provide a tighter fit and provides more flexibility for those who still need to hear while using earplugs. Earmolds are available in a wide variety of sizes and types. Earmolds may be solid, soft or spongy. The most popular styles are full shell and half shell. Earmolds can also be used with headphones and headsets due to the variety and flexibility we offer.
Custom earmolds will be made specifically for your physical fit, so you will get the most comfort and effectiveness from this product. Our audiologists are specially-trained to make earmolds for our patients, providing the highest performing fit with the adaptability our patients want.
Talk more with our audiologists about your hobbies, lifestyles, and particular needs. We have the earplugs and earmolds to suit your wants.