Custom Hearing Protection

Custom Hearing Protection

Custom Hearing Protection

Custom Hearing Protection, also known as earmolds, can be custom made to fit your unique ear shape.

The ear impression that is used to make the earmold is the most important part of the process in getting a good custom fit. The quality of the ear impression material and technique directly impacts the sound quality, sound isolation, and comfort that is achieved with the earmold.

Because this part of the process is so crucial, it's important that you work with someone who is experienced and trained in making impressions for high-quality earmolds. Audiologists are trained in this process and know the importance of a good fit.

Speak with your audiologist about his or her experience in custom fitting patients with high-quality hearing protection.

Musician's Ear Plugs

Custom musician's ear plugs can reduce sound levels by approximately 20 dB, enough to reduce harmful sound without distorting speech or music. These type of ear plugs are deep in order to allow the earmold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces what is known as occlusion, a hollow or boomy sound in the musician’s own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality ear plugs. These type of deep-fit earmolds are popular with musicians because of the quality of sound they allow them to hear while practicing and performing.

Musician's ear plugs aren’t just for musicians. They are also a popular hearing protection option for:

  • Sound crews
  • Recording engineers
  • Band teachers
  • Concert-goers
  • DJs
  • Airline personnel
  • Athletic coaches
  • NFL football players
  • Referees
  • Motorcyclists
  • Medical professionals
  • Construction workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Truck drivers

Swim Molds

Swim molds are specialized earplugs crafted from waterproof silicone that create an impenetrable seal, never allowing water past the outer ear. They are customized for your ears to ensure a tight, snug fit in the ear canal. Custom swim molds offer protection from several major ear-related health problems, including ear infections and surfer’s ear. Ear infections can have several different causes, but water exposure is one of the most prominent.

 Swim molds aren’t just for swimmers; they’re useful for a wide variety of water activities such as: 

  • Boating
  • Jet skiing
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Bathing and showering
  • Attending waterparks
  • Doing water aerobics

Sleep Molds

Sleep molds are earplugs designed to block out noise and allow wearers to sleep soundly. Even if it’s only briefly, loud noises can wake you up and thereby significantly lower the quality of your sleep. Over time, disrupted sleep can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, depression, and cardiovascular disease. Custom sleep molds are made of medical-grade silicone, this type of earplug is designed to fit your ear perfectly and provide optimal comfort and soundproofing. The material is soft, durable, and available in a variety of colors. Opting for custom sleep molds is the best way to ensure your earplugs effectively block out ambient noise and don’t fall out during the night. Plus, they can easily be cleaned with a mild detergent or soap and warm water. Each mold also has a small handle that facilitates removal without affecting comfort, even if you sleep on your side.

Sleep molds aren’t just for sleeping, they can also be used for:

  • Sleeping
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Concentrating on work

Hunter’s Molds

Guns are one of the biggest threats to your hearing. They can cause instant, permanent, and irreversible damage to your ears. Understandable, given the fact that a gunshot produces sounds at 120–160 decibels—louder than a jet engine. Custom hunter’s molds offer the benefit of a tight, secure fit specific to your ears. They use specialized features that eliminate damagingly loud sounds while still letting important, subtle sounds enter your ears. They use an acoustic filter to block out loud sounds while amplifying those at low decibel levels. This way, you can hear rustling twigs, quiet speech, and other important but subtle noises while protecting yourself from permanent hearing loss. Hunter’s molds also have a tiny valve opening that is designed to automatically close when hit with sound waves at damaging decibel levels. This valve means your hearing is protected even if you’re not the one shooting a firearm. 

Hunter’s molds can be used for:

  • Hunting
  • Sharpshooting
  • Shooting ranges
  • Military personnel
  • Police Officers

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4200 W. Peterson Ave
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Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 777-3277

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About North Side Audiology

North Side Audiology Group is a leader in audiological care specializing in the treatment of hearing loss. Services include comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings & programming, hearing loss rehabilitation and more.

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Our practice is conveniently located on the North Side of Chicago at 4200 W. Peterson Avenue, Suite 100.

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