Hearing Protection

Why Protect Your Hearing?

Hearing is valuable, which is why Good Sound Audiology supports local hunters and industrial workers in Arizona. Through education we would like to reverse the increase in hearing loss due to excessive noise damage. SoundGear™ hearing protection products are made by Starkey Hearing Technologies and are available for a consultation and fitting in either our Gilbert or Sun Lakes office. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) Facts:

  1. Approximately 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss from overexposure to loud noises at work or during leisure activities.
  2. Symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss will increase gradually. Over time, the sounds a person hears may become distorted or muffled, and it may be difficult for the person to understand speech.
  3. Noise-induced hearing loss is related both to the decibel level of a sound and to the amount of time you are exposed to it. Your distance from the sound also matters.
  4. Many devices that children use today have noise levels much higher than 85 decibels. For example, an MP3 player at maximum level is roughly 105 decibels. That’s 100 times more intense than 85 decibels!
  5. Noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative, invisible, and permanent.
    • It’s cumulative because the damage can start when we are young and gets worse over time.
    • It’s invisible because it can happen without our even noticing it, until it’s too late.
    • And it’s permanent because, unlike a broken arm that gets better over time, we can’t “heal” our hearing. Once it’s damaged, it’s damaged for good.¹
  6. People suffering from occupational deafness experience a distortion of the sounds they hear, as they lose the ability to hear at some speech frequencies. In particular, the ability to hear consonant sounds such as t, k, s, sh and p is reduced, and people can no longer distinguish between some words.
  7. The human ear is not particularly good at detecting the differences in volume, particularly at higher sound levels.
    • By way of example, a sound level of 97dB (Average) – not unusual in nightclubs – delivers twice as much energy to the ear as one of 94dB (Average), yet it doesn’t appear twice as loud.
  8. The more time a person’s ears are exposed to excessive noise, the greater the degree of hearing loss. More time equals more acoustic energy and hence more damage.

Hearing damage can occur with exposure to sounds above 85 dB yet a typical gunshot generates 140 dB of sound or more! SoundGear electronic hearing protection provides proven, effective noise reduction with each gun shot and superior environmental monitoring between every shot.²

Click here for a pdf of our LEVELS OF NOISE sheetDangerous Noise Levels

If you have been looking for the ultimate hearing protection designed to make both conversations comfortable and protect your ears like never before, you’ve found it! Call our office today and schedule an appointment for more information and a free demonstration of this amazing technology. Hunters and Shooters and Industrial Workers both have unique hearing protection needs.  Despite looking the same, your hearing protection needs vary with hunting and industrial noise.  Click below for more detailed Soundgear product information. We’d be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your unique hearing needs and help you determine the best product available that matches your lifestyle and budget.

Hunters and Shooters or Industrial Workers

 

 

 Hearing Protection Devices

 

SoundGear Instant Fit In-the-Canal:

Soundgear Instant Fit

The smallest and lightest dynamic digital hearing protection on the market! Ready to wear right out of the box, it rests discreetly inside your ear to deliver natural wind reduction and superior sound quality. Recommended  for hunters and industrial workers who need to hear their surroundings AND hearing protection.

 

SoundGear Behind-the Ear:

Soundgear BTE

This versatile style provides wearers with haring protection and enhancement at a more affordable price. Recommended for hunters and industrial workers who need to hear their surroundings AND hearing protection.

 

SoundGear Custom:

SoundGear_Custom

Each pair is digitally customized to the wearer’s ears and features the most advanced electronic hearing protection on the market. Recommended for hunters and industrial workers who need to hear their surroundings AND hearing protection.

 

Solid Custom Earplug:

Custom Ear Plug

Custom fit earplugs provide outstanding noise protection for a variety of recreational and occupational environments. The corded earplug option allows the wearer to place the plugs around their necks when not in use. Not recommended when conversation is essential.

 

 

Custom Musician Earplugs:

Custom Musican Plugs

Musicians’ earplugs attenuate across all frequencies rather than just low- and mid-range frequencies, making music more clear and natural sounding. Available with three different attenuating filters: ER-9 (9 dB cut), ER-15 (15 dB cut) and ER-25 (25 dB cut).

 

 

Tunz Custom Stage Monitors:

TUNZ

Tunz perfectly amplify both mid- and high-range sounds, so you can stay on top of what’s happening on stage. Available in four different technology levels: Duo S, Trio, Trio B, and Trio XB.

 

 

Custom iPod/MP3 Earmolds:

Custom iPod_MP3 Earmolds

These custom earmolds can be attached directly to your existing headphones for a perfect fit every time and can be used with any audio equipment.

 

 

 

Disposable Foam Earplugs:

Foam Earplug

Foam ear plugs are effective and inexpensive, making them ideal for most noise protection applications. Not recommend when communication is essential.

 

 

 

 

¹http://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov/press/Pages/nihlfacts.aspx
 ²http://www.dol.govt.nz/PDFs/noise-induced-hearing-loss-facts.pdf