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Custom Ear Molds

We believe educating the public about the effects of exposure to noise and providing hearing protection to those exposed to it is just as important as treating those with a hearing loss.  We make custom hearing protection for those exposed to loud noise whether it be industrial, occupational, or recreational.  We also make custom molds for swimmers, musicians, hunters, ear buds for MP3 devices and music players, Bluetooth devices for cell phones, etc. One way that noise can permanently damage your hearing is by a single brief exposure to a high noise level, such as a firecracker going off near your ear. But hearing damage can also occur gradually at much lower levels of noise, if there is enough exposure over time. To protect your hearing, you’ll want to limit your exposure to these moderately high noise levels and give your ears a chance to recover after any period of noise exposure.

Safe Exposure Times

Exposure Time dB Sound
Instantaneous permanent damage 140+ Shotgun, rifle, jet plane takeoff
Less than one second 130 jackhammer, heavy industry
Less than ten seconds Threshold of pain 120 Rock concert
1.5 minutes 110 Power tools, snowmobile
15 minutes 100 Chainsaw, motorcycle
2.5 hours 90 Lawn mower
8 hours 85 Beginning of Danger Zone
Prolonged exposure to noise levels 85dB and higher can result in permanent hearing loss. 80 City Traffic
70 Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer
60 Office, sewing machine
50 Normal conversation
40 Refrigerator
30 Whisper
20 Rustling leaves
Common noise levels (dB), and their effect upon hearing. 10 Breathing
0 Threshold of normal hearing