Clarity Aloft Adapters: An Innovation

Despite the production of numerous varieties of communication devices, choices for comfortable earpieces are actually infrequent. More often than not, one-size-fits-all products dominate the market. For instance, if you perform a simple Google search on the best aviation headsets, you will most probably find sponsored websites promoting mainstream generic-fitting products from Amazon. There is not enough room for specialty items such as those that are custom-made. What’s worse is that generic products can even cost from a hundred to a thousand dollars! While this may be acceptable for the occasional flyer or his guest passengers, this should not be the standard especially for professionals who travel frequently for extended periods of time. Factors such as accumulation of sweat, chafing of ears, poor microphone and audio response are important in reconsidering customized earpieces.

Common considerations

There are many reasons why people still choose generic-fitting earpieces in spite of all the benefits of having them customized. One reason is that custom-made products are often more pricey than mass-produced ones. Another is that companies that offer custom goods are quite limited and hard to find. While these are all valid considerations, as a consumer, you must also weigh the pros and cons of having your gear customized. Think about it. The cumulative costs of having a generic headset and replacing it every so often due to low quality can amount to the price of a good custom-made one that can actually last for years.

Clarity Aloft Adapter

Changing for the better

At Big Ear, we offer only the best custom-made products for our customers. Our latest innovation for aviation hearing protection is the Clarity Aloft Adapters (see video). Designed to fit effortlessly under a helmet, these can help pilots and operators listen better to audio and communicate comfortably. These can be easily attached to the speakers of your current headset so that earpieces fit inside your ear canals better.

Each set of Clarity Aloft Adapters is handmade. The manufacturing process begins with having an impression of your ears taken by our technician. This is made of silicone which hardens to take the shape of your ear canal. The molds are then sent to our laboratories where the custom adapters are created in four week’s time. Finally, the finished adapters are delivered in front of your doorstep, ready to be used for your aviation activities.

It is quite frustrating to see people spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a headset that has probably two-cent generic foam tips. Definitely, it defeats the purpose of having something that is supposed to be of high quality. Imagine a company spending millions to assemble top of the line planes then deciding to cut the budget for seating materials. In the case of aviation, you should not settle for less because communication is crucial for the safety and success of operations. Whether you are in the aircraft or control tower, communication is a top priority.

Points to Ponder

Perhaps owning a customized set of adapters for a headset may not be for everyone. At Big Ear, we completely understand that. However, what we offer is the option to experience something better and more comfortable. Think about the advantages and disadvantages. Find out what kind of lifestyle you really want. You can also research more and visit stores to scout for other products. But do remember to consider Clarity Aloft Adapters. If you decide to own one, we guarantee that you will never regret it.

For more information, visit our adapters page.

 

Why are “The One” Earplugs the Best Dental Earplugs?

Dental earplugs present a problem. How can a dentist hear everything they need to hear, all while protecting from tinnitus and hearing loss caused by loud noises?

Best Dental Earplugs

The One is the only hearing protection on the market that allows dentists to hear everything around them and clearly hear others while protecting their hearing. This “spatial awareness” is not available with any other dental hearing protection.  The One® for Dentists is the new industry standard. It is simply the Best Dental Earplug

After working with dentists from across the nation, we realized that they were unaware of the loud noise exposure that they are subject to every day. Whether the sound is from handpieces, pumps, or scalers, dentists hear dangerously loud noises daily. The proper steps toward protection are not always taken despite the severe effect that these sounds have on dentists’ hearing.

Other generic, one-size-fits-all products claim that they protect the hearing of dentistry professionals. This claim is only accurate if those earplugs were worn in the office without discomfort. However, they clearly cannot and do not because they give the dentist a blocked or “clogged” feeling in their ears outside of treating patients. Generic products do not all the dentist to hear both their equipment and other people in the office. This is because they plug the ear canal. They also also only mask, match, or recreate the sound around the ear without having the desired effect.

We’ve experienced this before with professional musicians.  They think they are protecting themselves from damage while rehearsing and playing. The musicians, often with very high-quality earplugs, and especially those with generic earplugs, developed tinnitus. Their hearing weakened. Their playing ability worsened. The musicians’ conductors had to either retire the players or move them down in rank as a result of the hearing damage. 

The same can be said for dentists: they must hear every tool and sound from their patient. They also must communicate with coworkers and technicians. Most importantly, they must not lose their hearing. They and their clinic will suffer reputational damage if this happens. In most cases, dentists stop wearing hearing protection altogether due to discomfort. This causes permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.

Custom Filtered Hearing Protection Explained

This is where The One comes into play. It has a dual-filtered hearing protection system that both protects your hearing and allows you to hear everything around you. Our product is superior to all others. The primary filter provides a flat noise reduction through all frequencies. It works as a screen door that allows sounds of a certain decibel to clear a reduction filter. This includes 9, 15, 20 and 25-decibel options.

The secondary, non-linear filter allows sounds under 85 decibels to pass through. This enables dentists to hear clearly and not experience the “clogged” feeling that other earplugs frequently cause. The secondary filter also acts as a vent. It equalizes pressure between the inside and outside of the ear.

The result is that the dentist hears clearly at work while operating and interacting with patients. They feel like they have nothing in the way of their hearing. Most importantly, they protect their ears at the same time.

We make the Best Dental Earplugs with a set of impressions of one’s ear. We found that the process of making earplugs is easy for dentists because they have experience making impressions of teeth. It is a fun little diversion to make impressions at the office or at home.

If and when you order the plugs, you receive our Big Ear home impression kit. You can make impressions for everyone in the office after following the instructions of a very short video. Once we have the impressions back, it usually takes 21 business days from the date of arrival of the impressions to complete the production. Rush service is also available at an additional charge. The earplugs come in several colors as well as in an less obvious option. Most patients do not notice the earplugs. 

We created the Best Dental Earplugs to stop the insanity of dental hearing loss. They also make the lifestyles of dentists more comfortable. Finally, the earplugs make dentistry less damaging to lifetime health.

Our guiding purpose is to protect your hearing and the hearing of those in your practice. This lets you provide your patients with the best version of yourself and also ensures that they get the care they need.

Glenn Hood

Founder 

Big Ear

https://bigearinc.com/products/dentists/ 

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The One Hearing Protection: Guaranteed Tinnitus and Hearing Loss Prevention

Often, dentists receive physical consequences from their own practices. In addition to minor hand injuries and torn muscles from operating on teeth, dentists experience continuous exposure to unhealthily loud noises. The sources of the noise they experience originate from the tools they work with and the environment they work in on a daily basis. Tools like the hand-pieces dentists use generate a lot of noise. With continued exposure, dentists risk hearing loss. The number of dental professionals who have noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus grows every year. There is a solution to this: The One dental earplug.

Tinnitus In Dentists

The One is a customized earplug designed specifically for dentists. These earplugs prevent exposure of the ear to excessive noise from both the machines and the natural environment of dentistry operations. The One functions with two filters. There is the primary filter on the outside and the secondary filter in the inside. The primary filter filters general noise from the environment and machines. The secondary filter filters the unwanted noise.

Importance of Using The One Dental Earplug

The major difference between The One dental earplug and any other form of filtered or vented earplug is that our earplug allows for a specific limit of noise exposure. The two filters work simultaneously, thereby controlling the type of noise that ends up in the inner ear.

The secondary filter ensures only the natural voices access the inner ear. Additionally, it only allows up to 85 dB of sound. This implies that only the allowed noise pressure can penetrate the earplug. As for The One dental earplug, the allowed noise includes natural sounds such as of the patient and the surgery crew. This earplug pinches off sound pressure that can damage the sensitive inner ear sensory hairs.

Also, the dental earplug regulates the intensity of the noise that reaches the inner ear. This standardized feature does not discriminate between noise sources. Therefore, even if the noise comes from the natural source, the secondary filter will filter it out. For instance, the earplug cancels noise from the turbines of high pitched hand drills that would otherwise dose the dental professional with noise pressures exceeding 85 decibels. On the other hand, the earplug allows any other natural sound with pressure below 85 decibels into the eardrum. 

Tinnitus In Dentists, a risk associated with loud noise exposure

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 out of 10 retired dentists experience tinnitus. In the same study, the CDC discovered that only a third of the people suffering from tinnitus seek medical assistance, which can prove quite expensive. With this already expensive medication, only two out of five tinnitus patients successfully recover using this medication while the rest remain in an irreversible state.

Patients with tinnitus hear a constant ringing that is not experienced by others. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus prevention using our earplugs is much cheaper and much more successful.

How Tinnitus In Dentists develops

Several factors cause tinnitus in dentists. However, the major cause is prolonged exposure to of the ear to sound that exceeds 85 dB. This exposure leads to inner ear hair cell damage. Exposing an ear to high-intensity sound causes the delicate inner ear hairs to move in the direction of the sound waves. This triggers the ear cells to produce an electrical signal through the auditory nerve to the brain. The signals sent to the brain translate the waves into sound. In cases where the inner hairs in the inner ear break or bend, the result is a random electrical signal sent to the brain that results in the vast array of sounds that individuals with tinnitus hear.

Tinnitus In Dentists symptoms

The main symptom of tinnitus is the hearing of imaginary sounds not actually present in the environment. Some of the phantom noises associated with tinnitus include the following:

    • A ringing sound, which may become louder or lighter with time.
    • A frequent buzzing sound 
  • A roaring sound.
  • A hissing sound

These sounds may occur in one or both ears. In some cases, the noise may become so loud that it interferes with a person’s concentration. The sound may be irritating, hindering afflicted people from hearing actual sounds in their environment.

Causes of Tinnitus In Dentists

  • Exposure to loud noise

Noisy equipment such as dentists’ hand-pieces can cause tinnitus. Such equipment produces excess levels of noise to the ear. Continuous use of the same equipment by the same dentist without adequate hearing protection puts them in greater danger of developing tinnitus. 

Other causes

  • Age-related causes

As a person ages, they become vulnerable to presbycusis. Such a condition occurs when a person nears the age of 60. The more a person exposes themselves to damaging sounds, the more that person experiences ear damage and a higher potential of developing tinnitus. 

  • Earwax blockage

Earwax protects the ear canal by trapping dirt and other foreign substances, preventing them from entering the inner ear. Ear Wax also prevents bacterial development in the ear. However, when earwax over-accumulates in the ear canal, it may cause ear loss or irritation in the ear canal, which can cause tinnitus. 

Tinnitus causes for dentists

Several scientists have hypothesized different possible causes of tinnitus. Some relate tinnitus to head injuries, acoustic neuroma, blood vessel disorders, and medications like antibiotics and aspirin. In all their arguments, scientists appreciate that the major legitimate cause of tinnitus in dentists is exposure to noise. 

The nature of the working environments of dentists ensures that they cannot avoid exposure to noise without leaving their office. They continuously expose their ears to excessive noise from the equipment they use and in their normal exposure to sounds in their environment. The materials in their laboratories produce a high volume of noise. When exposed to this noise for long periods of time, tinnitus may be triggered, hindering dentists’ performance.

Complications that come with tinnitus

Tinnitus affects every person differently. According to research by the Department of Health and Human Services, a person suffering from tinnitus may experience the following complications:

a. Fatigue

People with tinnitus experience frequent fatigue and may feel unmotivated to complete even the slightest of household chores.

b. Stress can develop from the worry caused by tinnitus. Continued stress will develop into depression. 

c. Sleeping problems

d. Difficulty concentrating

e. Irritability

f. Depression 

General tinnitus preventive measures
  •  Long-term exposure to loud music through headphones can increase an individual’s chances of developing tinnitus. For music listeners, reducing music volume may help reduce chances of tinnitus. However, this preventive measure fails to apply to dentists. They cannot turn down the volume of noise produced by their machines. But they can reduce exposure to noises outside their offices through strict dedication to protecting their hearing. This includes limiting their exposure to sounds that are within their control.
  • Tinnitus can be prevented by routinely taking care of cardiovascular health. Prevention of blood disorder-linked tinnitus achievable through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Dental professionals who have hobbies that are loud, like motorcycle-riding, listening to loud music or spending hours outdoors may find themselves at greater risk. Limiting exposure to sounds over 85 decibels while partaking in these hobbies will reduce the risk dentists being dosed by dangerous decibels outside of the office.

Protecting yourself as a dental professional may seem like a lot of work. It is, however, protection can ensure that you continue working into your golden years. It is imperative that you develop an individualized hearing conservation solution that works for you, whether that includes wearing hearing protection in and outside the office, or if you prefer to wear hearing protection in the office and monitor exposure to sound during recreational activities.

As a last reminder, both to dentists and all people, we leave you with this: tinnitus is permanent until death. Once you develop tinnitus, you cannot repair it. So act accordingly. And choose the best hearing protection.

Hearing Protection In The Movie Theater: Is It Necessary?

The loudest film I’ve ever seen in theaters was an ultra-high-definition IMAX screening of Dunkirk, in 2017, in Columbia, South Carolina. I remember this exact experience because I vividly remember not bringing earplugs. This was a massive mistake and one I believe that I am still paying for to this day. If you are unfamiliar with the film, it begins in an almost surreal environment: paper (tossed from off-screen by Christopher Nolan) is falling from the sky. A young man, Tommy, and his squad are wandering the streets of the town of Dunkirk. At this point in the film, gunshots erupted.

I knew that I had two choices. I could immediately leave the theater, or find some form of hearing protection. This was serious. When the enemy forces dropped a bomb on the Allies, my ears began to physically ache. Something was wrong with my ears. Being in the hearing protection business, I knew that I had made a mistake.

Hearing Protection In The Movie Theatre

Dunkirk was the loudest film of 2017. I wasn’t the only one to voice my pain. Click here to read about others’ experiences.

Eventually, the bombing runs ceased. As I ducked alongside the soldiers, I pulled out a dosimeter app on my iPhone. I understand that there are varying degrees of accuracy with the dosimeter apps. However, studies show that the apps’ measurements differ from calibrated dosimeters’ by less than +1. I found that the output of the theater’s sound system was incredibly worrying. As I looked around me at the nearly full theater, my heart sunk.

The volume raised to nearly 100 decibels during a later bombing run. Hearing damage occurs after 15 minutes of exposure to 100 decibels. Dunkirk is an hour and forty-six minutes long. Over half of the movie involves explosives or machine guns.

I was extremely fortunate in that my brother had brought an extra pair of generic earbuds with him. I crammed these into my ears for the duration of the movie. When the movie alluded to gunfire or a bomb drop, I cupped my ears and slouched in my seat to escape the assault. After the film was over, I knew that I had done something terrible to my ears. For the remainder of the evening, I felt exhausted. I felt like I was hearing through a tunnel.

I had been dosed with damaging decibels. My job is to protect people from getting dosed. And that’s why I’m telling this story: not too dissuade you from going to the movies or enjoying your favorite visual artists. I am recommending that, if and when you attend a showing, you prepare as you would a concert or live event. Bring a pair of earplugs or a handful to pass out. There are damaging decibels everywhere and they will, if not accounted for, cause irreparable hearing damage.

I watched Dunkirk over a year ago. However, I have recently had an incredible experience in a theatre with hearing protection. When you put in a pair of Hearing Protection In The Movie Theatre, the noise around you is muffled which can for many people cause immediate discomfort and take you out of the story that is being portrayed on screen.

Hearing Protection In The Movie Theatre

The One By Big Ear, the worlds first two-part filter system designed to keep damaging decibels out and the noise you need to hear in when you ride. Custom made for each individual’s ears, “The One provides the user with comfort and protection while they ride.

The Solution: What Hearing Protection to Wear in the Theater

There is a solution to this problem. Recently we attended a showing of Venom in Ultra HD Imax, and it was loud! Nearly as loud as Dunkirk with the explosions car crashes and over the top spectacle of alien vs. alien fights. However, this time, I was prepared. I wore a pair of our filtered earplugs called the One I chose a 9-decibel purple filter option and sat through the film. I could hear every line, every movement every person laughing and better, yet I did not feel taken out of my environment.

 

Hearing Protection In The Movie Theatre

Films are becoming too loud, and you can do something about it.

After the film concluded, I exited the theatre, and I had no issues, no ringing, no pressure in my head, and it did not feel like I was listening to the world through a tunnel. I will from this point on wear my Big Ear hearing protection to every film I attend, and I believe that those who frequent films and live performances should be required by a governing body to wear hearing protection including harsh penalties on those who subject children to damaging decibels without protection.

My recommendation for those reading this is simple, during your next film experience, during the previews (Please do not turn your phone on during the movie) Download a dosimeter and get a reading on the levels in the theatre and send a screenshot of it to us with what movie you saw in the message. If you do this, we will give you a discounted rate on a pair of our filtered hearing protection. It is our mission to eradicate noise-induced hearing loss; however, we cannot do it alone. It takes brave women and men working together to rid the world of this completely avoidable disease. We need to wear Hearing Protection In The Movie Theatre when it’s too loud.

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Premium Earplugs for Dentists – NIHL and Tinnitus is a Dental Hazard

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

How important is your hearing to you?  Hearing protection for dentists, dental assistants as well as dental hygienists is very crucial. The most common hearing hazards are high-speed dental drills, ultrasonic cleaners, and high-speed turbine hand-pieces. Unfortunately, most dental professionals do not notice how noise-causing equipment is affecting them until it is too late. Fortunately, there are premium earplugs that offer excellent hearing protection for dentists.

In case dentists are not wearing hearing protection while working, they could cause themselves and those around them irreversible hearing damage. Unfortunately, this could lead to lifelong pain, discomfort, and the worst of all a shorter career. When considering the hearing protection, dentists have specific needs:

The greatest amount of noise blocking without overprotecting  

For dental professionals hearing protection that protects them from higher pitch frequencies such as the 2kHz to 6kHz frequencies are essential. Yet overcompensating for high pitch frequencies can lead to overprotection and can be dangerous for both the dentist and their patients.

Natural hearing:

The best dentist earplugs should enable the dentist to hear clearly and interact with their patients without feeling plugged up. The earplugs do not have to be removed when holding a conversation.

Indiscrete appearance:

It may seem unappealing wearing earplugs in an office set up. However, dentists’ earplugs feature a low-profile fit that will ensure you do not damage your hearing, and your clients do not feel alienated while you operate and interact with them.

These are the primary reasons why we created The One series for dental use.

This product was released by Big Ear, a company that deals with products proving custom hearing protection. It was aimed at preventing dentists from enduring low-level noise which affects hearing. They could, at the same time, hear patients and workmates during the entire day.

Over the past few years, the dental industry has seen an increase in dentists developing tinnitus and eventually hearing loss. This is due to the noisy equipment used in dental clinics, which could put them at risk. The earplug, therefore, allows dentists to get rid of noise while communicating very well.

The customized Premium Earplugs for Dentists is basically worn by dentists while working with patients. The dentist will hear the patient clearly as well as others in the room. You could probably ask yourself, is there any difference between the One Series and other professional earplugs? The reality is the One Series is lighter and does not hinder any communication with a patient or colleague.

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

Premium Earplugs for Dentists

The One Premium Series, With all the bells and whistles. Included are 4 sets of filters, one set of filter blocks, one tactical piece, and the filtered earplugs.

How does the earplug prevent hearing loss?

It basically works using two filters. Firstly, the primary filter reduces the sound from entering the device. On the other hand, the second filter allows natural sound to pass through the dental earplugs. Additionally, the second filter enables the wearer to hear natural sounds until the noise pressure of 85 dB is achieved. Surprisingly, once this figure is achieved, the pressure cannot pass through the earplug. As a result, the hearing protection for the dentist is achieved.

Dentists in the course of their work experience natural and unnatural noises which may eventually damage the hearing process. Therefore custom Premium Earplugs for Dentists help get rid of unwanted sounds. The One Series earplug has some unique features. It is comprised of four sets of filters as follows: one set of silicon full stop earplugs, one set of non-linear plugs, a tactical piece to be used for your office communication, a lanyard and premium case.

You may think of using other generic or even custom earplugs that are stated to be for dentists. Unfortunately, they give you an uncomfortable feeling when worn. Instead of hearing protection, they hinder the dentist from hearing the equipment. They can hardly hear other people in the office.

Pros

  • It fills the ear canal.
  • It is small and not bulky.
  • It is comfortable while wearing.
  • It is inexpensive.

Cons

  • It is not washable; dirty or waxy it has to be thrown away.
  • If not correctly inserted, the amount of attenuation is limited.
  • Not properly maintained, it can insert dirt into the ear and cause infection.

Bottom line

Our ears play a significant role in our lives. Therefore protecting the ears from the disturbing noises is very crucial. This will lead to an effective hearing, thereby preventing the chances of developing tinnitus. Unfortunately, most dental practitioners develop it over time while being unaware. The One Series earplug helps to protect the ear against damage, which could limit a dentist career.

How to find the best Premium Earplugs for Dentists

Custom Earplugs for Motorcycle Riders

Custom Earplugs for Motorcycle Riders is one of the most often overlooked safety equipment that one can own. It will protect your hearing for life.

Before you get your motor running and get out on the highway, you gear up: boots, gloves, helmet, plus whatever other gear you wear to be safe and comfortable. What are you missing? If you missed earplugs, it’s time to ask yourself why. Earplugs are the safety gear that most of us miss because we’re not aware of their importance or we’ve been misinformed. You want to make sure that your hearing isn’t permanently damaged while you’re on the road to adventure. Tinnitus in motorcycle riders is one of the ways your hearing will suffer if the record isn’t set straight.

When wearing a helmet, an important piece of safety gear, it’s easy to feel a false sense of security where your hearing is concerned. In reality, all of that air rushing into the openings between the helmet and your head creates turbulence that finds its way into your ears. Wearing a helmet alone won’t block sound waves from entering the ear canal and causing damage.

By using earplugs when riding your motorcycle, you are plugging your ears effectively and preventing low-frequency sound pressure from the wind from causing irreparable damage to your hearing. Not only is your hearing protected from wind noise by using some type of hearing protection while riding, but wearing earplugs will also help diminish the effects of the sound of the motorcycle itself.

Many bikes are more than capable of exceeding 85-decibels, a level that is higher than the recommended threshold at which The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) advises for using hearing protection. When you factor in the wind and road noise of more than 110dB you have a deadly cocktail for your hearing. Once it’s damaged, it is damaged for good.

Choosing the best earplugs for motorcycle riding is a matter of personal choice and comfort. You can approach your search for the best earplug by researching then testing different varieties of earplugs. Regular store-bought earplugs, like the type used by construction workers, are an excellent place to start if you’re not yet convinced that custom earplugs for motorcycle riders are worth the investment.

There are many one-size-fits-all earplugs to try in your search to understand the benefits of wearing hearing protection. Many different sizes, shapes, and colors are available, and they’re meant to be comfortable, but nothing works like a personalized custom set.

You won’t be sacrificing the feeling of freedom you love while protecting yourself from permanent hearing damage. Tinnitus in motorcycle riders is a real, and avoidable, result of hearing damage.

Once you’ve experimented with one-size-fits-all earplugs and discovered what’s worked best for you – or not – it may be time to step up to a customized option. Custom earplugs for motorcycle riders are available.

They offer a rider consistent noise reduction and no pressure while wearing a helmet. These earplugs, for example, don’t move out of place when the helmet moves up and down.

custom earplugs for motorcycle riders

Intra-helmet speakers provide the option of having noise reduction first with the ability to still hear your communication or music. For the tech-savvy among us, custom motorcycle earplugs are also available as a custom-molded, wireless Bluetooth unit.

Taking steps to protect your hearing is as easy and as comfortable as getting into the habit of wearing earplugs each and every time you gear up. If you don’t and you do lose your hearing over time, you may no longer be eligible for your motorcycle license. That’s a risk to your freedom that you can prevent.

Being badass on your motorcycle is an important part of your life. So is your hearing. Before you hit the road, you know to take the important and necessary steps to protect your entire body – including your ears.

How to find the best earplugs for you.

Best Earplugs and how to choose in 2019. What are the facts?

Google is the king of the world…the ability to learn information has never been easier, and that ability has allowed us as a species to learn and learn and learn…You get the point you’ve seen blog posts evangelizing the internet all over. But there is a caveat to my love of the internet, and that is the ease of which someone can put information into the world and become an authority on a subject, rank number one and not truly have very much personal experience in a certain subject.

In the case of what we do, which is hearing protection, there is a lot of these non-expert experts owning the space because like crusaders, they were first to land and claim the plot as theirs. We have made it our mission as of a year and a half ago to start talking.

We’ve spent the last 15 years delivering great products to our customers that work and spreading the message of hearing conservation to all walks of life — and doing the walking ourselves before we claim to be experts in our field.  In this post, we will from experience offer suggestions that if applied by whoever’s reading this will allow you to find the right hearing protection for your individual lifestyle. And that right there is where I want to begin.

Best Earplugs and how to choose in 2019. What are the facts?

Best Earplugs and how to choose in 2019. What are the facts?

  1. There is no “best” there is only what works for you. That’s what determines the best hearing protection…its the one that you wear that works. Not the other way around.. someone who claims to have found the best earplugs does not know what you do in your life, only you know that. You can refer to experts(Including us here at Big Ear), but you have to understand what you are trying to accomplish. Are you looking for something that will only filter the sound? Or are you looking for hearing protection that will eliminate the sound and muffle massive decibels because of where you work? Or maybe you are looking for something that will allow you to listen to your music and provide hearing protection. So part one of this read is to go look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What am I looking for?”
  2. Part two is to try absolutely everything! The best approach that we’ve seen is the individual who applies the scientific method and seeks all manner of earplugs(Starting with the cheapest foamies) and working their way up the ladder to triple flange earplugs then wax earplugs then to heat and mold and finally to custom hearing protection if they still haven’t found something that works for them. I can state that custom earplugs are the best but who the heck am I to tell you that unless you’ve tried everything and you’ve seen for yourself because something else might be the best for you.
  3. Part 3 is to put the hearing protection to use for an extended period of time. You’ve gotta really put all kinds of hearing protection through their paces. Some are great in certain environments but too much in others, some are comfortable for short periods of time but suck after a few hours and others work great. Some may claim to work, but as we’ve seen recently, major corporations can supply faulty hearing protection.
  4. And that takes us to part 4 you have to understand the decibels you are facing. There are products that claim certain dB reductions, but if you are wearing a single filter reduction filter that takes down 20 decibels with no non-linear filter and you’re standing in a 120 dB environment, you are still being fully dosed at 100 dB. So understanding the output, you need an earplug to provide you with is crucial to your protection.
  5. And that leads us to Part 5 you have to educate yourself on hearing damage and hearing loss. Whether it’s from our website or all over the web, you have to understand how the human body interacts with decibels and what’s the exposure levels and time you face on a daily basis. Only then can you start searching for the Best Earplugs and how to choose in 2019 and what are the facts out there…but that’s why Google is so wonderful.

I have faith that you will be able to find the right product for your life, but if you are having difficulty, we are here to help. We don’t just want to sell you our products (Although we won’t push you away) It is our goal to help the individuals who turn to our company find what they are looking for no matter what. We travel the world attending trade shows sparking conversations in order to gain insight on who uses what products and why. At these events, we put our ear to the ground (Pun Intended) to figure out what people are looking for and how to deliver that product the best we can.

How to choose the best earplugs for you.

Fire Cracker Ear Plugs

Fire Cracker Ear Plugs – noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

Fireworks are an exciting visual expression of celebration. All over the world, fireworks are used to honor the events that matter most to nations, to communities, to individuals. It’s a treat to enjoy the show that a professional or backyard pyrotechnician has worked long and hard to entertain us with.

The stunning visual show, though, comes with the danger of the sound output from the chemical reactions in the fireworks. Just like we can’t have lightning without thunder, we can’t have the colors of the fireworks without the blast after the fuse is lit.

Fire Cracker Ear Plugs noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

When we think of the hazards or dangers of fireworks, the first group we think to protect is our pets. We know to make sure our companion animals are safely stowed at home on those special occasions when pyrotechnics are involved. We don’t immediately think to protect our hearing from the danger of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks displays.

What are the Dangers?

At 140-160 dBA (A-weighted decibels), fireworks register as the highest decibel rated activities on the scale provided on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ (NIDCD) website.

The World Health Organization reports the sound output from fireworks at 150-175 dB. Regardless of which resource you access, it’s clear that the sound produced from fireworks exceeds the recommended noise exposure of 140 dB for adults and 120 dB for children; infants should not be exposed to fireworks at all.

Exposure to fireworks without taking proper precautions can result in tinnitus; temporary or permanent hearing loss; and, rarely, in eardrum perforation. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks are preventable.

Wearing Fire Cracker Ear Plugs AND Protect Your Hearing?

The first line of defense is to see the show at a safe distance from where the fireworks are being set off. From 500 feet, you can see the show and not worry about the impact on your hearing from exposure to the sound pressure from the small explosions of each firework being lit.

If you’re after a better vantage point, earplugs and noise-reducing headphones are great options for reducing the effects of the intense blasts on your hearing. If you don’t have your own custom earplugs or you only need a pair for one fireworks show, foam or wax earplugs will still provide good protection. Using headphones is a better alternative to earplugs for children because earplugs may be too big to fit their smaller ear canals. Of course, if you have an infant, the best option is to sacrifice that prime seat until they’re a little older.

If you’re a backyard pyrotechnician putting on a display for family and friends, quieter fireworks are available. Fireworks providers can educate you on which fireworks are amazing to watch without the hazard of a loud bang with each detonation. This doesn’t mean that the quieter fireworks are completely silent: the crackles and whistles of these fireworks may not create the boom that we automatically imagine and remember, but they still create a sound that we need to protect our hearing from.

Getting The right Fire Cracker Hearing Protection

Regardless of which fireworks you choose to dazzle your audience with, as the person closest to the action, you should definitely set the example for your audience and protect your hearing using earplugs or noise-reducing headphones.

Fireworks are the exclamation point at the end of a long and exciting day of celebration. You’ve protected yourself with sunscreen throughout the day against burning, worn a lifejacket on the boat in case you fall in and forget how to swim, kept your baseball cap or straw hat on to protect against sunstroke.

As the sun goes down and the show’s about to start, it’s time to put in your Fire Cracker Ear Plugs or pop on your headphones to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

Resources:
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/noise-induced-hearing-loss

https://www.hear-it.org/fireworks-can-lead-hearing-loss

https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52478-How-to-protect-your-hearing-this-fourth-of-july

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Fire Cracker Ear Plugs noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by fireworks.

 

Warm summer day. Open road. You’re on your motorcycle, and there’s nothing between you and that sense of freedom. You’re a responsible rider, so you’re decked out from head to toe in protective gear: boots, leathers, gloves, glasses, helmet. But you’re missing that one important piece of protection that’s often overlooked: earplugs, the gear that’s needed to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

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The Importance of Wearing Hearing Protection when Motorcycle Riding

A growing body of evidence suggests that many riders are missing out on a critical piece of protective gear. An increasing number of studies show that hearing protection is an essential component of responsible motorcycle operation. Long-term exposure to loud noise from the wind and/or the motorcycle engine is known to damage hearing and create tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

The constant noise proves especially harmful, given the expected exposure to it during a motorcycle ride.  A long ride can last hours, and the hearing loss experienced by any rider is greatly amplified depending on exposure time.

There are a number of sources of loud noise on any motorcycle ride. For this reason, researchers and enthusiasts are discussing the benefits and adopting the habit, of wearing earplugs while riding a motorcycle. The realization is that an individual’s long-term health is more important than personal comfort.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects up to 20% of people and is a sign of an underlying condition related to hearing loss. Tinnitus induces the perception of noise or ringing in the ears and is one symptom that results from noise-induced hearing loss. When our ears are subjected to loud noises over long periods of time, the delicate hairs inside the ear are damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Causes of Tinnitus in Motorcycle Riders

The first thought that comes to mind when considering what causes tinnitus in motorcycle riders is the sound from the motorcycle’s engine itself. Motorcycle engines can easily produce 100 decibels when accelerating.  Add in free-flowing exhaust components, and custom intakes and that decibel number will still grow.  Some competition dirt bike engines are capable of producing 140 decibels – nearly enough sound pressure to cause nausea with prolonged exposure.

Another source of sound that causes tinnitus in motorcycle riders is the wind rushing past your ears. Wind noise is more dangerous to hearing that the damaging effects of the sound of the motorcycle’s engine. Wind noise can top 90 to 100 decibels and a cruise down the freeway at 80 miles per hour. It can generate as much as 118 decibels of noise in a rider’s ears.

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This is the equivalent of operating the following. A chainsaw, leaf blower or snowmobile, and OSHA recommend limiting personal exposure. The recommended noise at that level to under 10 minutes per day.

How to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders

Let’s be real: you’re not going to limit yourself to a cruise that lasts only 10 minutes per day. That’s not a cruise. How much will your helmet help? You don’t climb on without it so how much help does it give? The best motorcycle helmet only reduces the decibel level by 4 decibels. Noise from turbulent air entering the helmet at the chin and neck grows quickly when trapped. Despite the obvious necessity for a helmet, when it comes to hearing protection, most helmets on the market are, to some extent, hazardous to your hearing and don’t do much to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

The main defense from noise, most notably from engines and wind, to protect against tinnitus in motorcycle riders is to use some type of hearing protection while riding.  You want your ride on that beautiful summer day to last much longer than 10 minutes.

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Dentist Hearing Protection and How PROTECTED  Is Your Dentist?

Dentist Hearing Protection

I have spent more than $20,000.00 at the dentist office and have been berated because I don’t floss enough, brush in the right motion and brush too hard. I have bee counseled on the effects of harsh toothpaste and the negative effects of drinking too much tea or coffee and the negative consequence of long-term improper dental care.

It is something that I really pride myself on and I am unashamed to take 5 minutes before dinner or in the middle of the day and brush my teeth. It’s just something that I’ve built into my lifestyle and I have developed positive habits around my oral care. And it is now something that I do not consciously think about.

I can parallel the argument of dentists pleading with their patients to take care of their oral as my life’s work relies on my ability to convince others to protect their hearing and although the risk of losing your hearing is less of a risk factor than losing your oral health and the myriad of fatal diseases that come with poor dental hygiene, the quality of an individuals life decreases substantially the more hearing damage they have.

Recently a  dentist called me out of the blue and wanted Dentist Hearing Protection, and after discussing why he was interested in earplugs he explained that he was experiencing hearing loss and started getting ringing in his ears. This shocked me as I’m in the hearing protection business and have personally talked with more than a million and a half people at more than 5oo events and we service some of the largest companies in the world and protect the hearing of their workforce.

It never dawned on me that my local dentist is in an equal amount of danger as employees in industrial facilities. I started my research and discovered that they are in one of the most hazardous businesses of all. On average in the dental profession, 37% suffer from Tinnitus and over 50% (I need the source for these numbers)  suffer from noise-induced hearing loss rates. After collecting the data and uncovering this new information I did what I felt was the right thing and called OSHA. 

With all the public domain research in the world, I was taken back with what they said, “Why would a dentist need Dentist Hearing Protection?” I was floored as it is as simple as one Google search to find, page after page of studies pertaining to dentists and hearing loss. (Once again I need your sources) We are in a different time now, we have so much imperial data and it seems as if every major issue is simply another one for the pile to get to at a later date.

I’m grateful for dentists, and they have now added Dentist Hearing Protection to my list of industries that I will serve and spread the message of hearing conservation too. After this shocking but enlightening turn of events, I realized that the custom hearing protection product that I just patented would be the exact solution for the dental profession because of their individual needs. In the dental profession, it is necessary that They look sharp, hear everything around them perfectly, including their assistant and be adequately protected against the persistent decibels that they are exposed to every day. Furthermore, they are also exposed to an array of chemicals that cause many other health issues and even some of them make hearing loss worse.

If this article has piqued your interest please feel free to reach out to me at 719-271-9081 or find more information here and tell your dentist that he needs to protect his hearing.

https://bigearinc.com/products/dentists/

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