Best Dental Hearing Protection – Stop Tinnitus and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Let’s take a minute to get you on the right page to understand the solution that we have created and why you would even need to think about protecting your hearing in a quiet office.

Like in your dental practice over the years there have been great strides in hearing protection to prevent Tinnitus, Noise-induced hearing loss and communication in a dental practice.

Since 2003 I have been protecting the hearing of many different types of business and hobbies that make an excessive sound that creates hearing damage. A little over a year ago I stumbled onto the fact that like band directors that the average 50-year-old dentist has Tinnitus or noise-induced hearing loss. We did a few studies and found that it is about 40% of the dental population that is suffering.

Tinnitus is no joke, take it from someone that has been dealing with it since 1987.  It is a game-changer. There is no peace and quiet. Any time you see that beautiful picture of the scene in a movie you know that what is missing is when we show up it, we have to deal with that awful condition call Tinnitus.

On the flip side, that will usually accommodate this is noise-induced hearing loss that makes daily communication difficult. It is made worse if you have Tinnitus as well and it is always screaming or chirping in your head and you have to hear over it.

There is a lot of technology that goes into the proper solution that allows you to do your job perfectly, communicating perfectly, hearing all the little sounds that you need to hear and save your hearing.

Noise is everywhere. When it comes to noise, the dental office is a polluted environment.

Dentists and assistants are constantly subjected to continuous and intermittent noise from high-speed hand-pieces, ultrasonic scalers, suction devices, automated mixers, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, instrument dishwashers, vacuum pumps, air compressors, model trimmers, business office equipment, telephones, entertainment systems, and heating and air-conditioning units.

Due to infection control concerns, today’s dental offices are designed with hard surfaces that are easy to clean. But instead of absorbing sound well, hard surfaces radiate sounds throughout the office. Along with the design changes found in dental offices, today’s trend is to build larger and larger multi-treatment-room group practices that provide care from dawn to well into the evening hours, often open six days a week or even more.

We spend our days immersed in a big vat of never-ending sound.

Most dentists have already tried generic earplugs, filtered earplugs, and even the expensive electronic hearing protection, (this was a big fail as it just made everything too loud and sounded funny).

What we found was a product that we patented for Musicians in the band also worked perfectly for dental practices as well. It’s a dual filtered hearing protection device that does not need batteries or any special care. It is custom so it is tuned to each and every person so a set of impressions is necessary, but because you work with silicone on regular baize this is simple and fun to make.

So just why is this the best Dental Hearing Protection Device and how does it work?



So what is the bottom line and why should I worry about protecting my hearing?  Simple it about quality of life, once your hearing is damaged it is gone forever. It is not like dentistry you cannot install a plant or even use dentures. You are now handicapped and even a hearing aid will not restore your hearing to any kind of quality. There is no cure and if you get Tinnitus along with hearing loss and dentists are 4+ out of 10 dentist professionals likely to have Tinnitus you just suffer.

Tinnitus is like having an eternal toothache, it screams and rips at your brain, and it never goes away.  It is has reached such a level now that people are holding out treatments just to make money and provide hope knowing that once you have it, it never goes away.

So now you have a decision, educate your self and prevent it from getting worse or if your young and not too damaged yet, do all you can to prevent it.

Since you are in the drug dispensing business as well you should also educate your self on the different antibiotics and other prescriptions that can and will put you at risk for Tinnitus or sudden hearing loss.

Take a quick read and see the most popular Tinnitus causing drugs.

200 meds book that cause tinnitus


Its all about education and taking care of yourself and your team. You need to look out for each other.

This will carry over from your practice to your every day and your family’s lives.  It has become louder and because we have so many choices we just need to educate and be aware that if you are going to be in a loud event that you need to take a minute and think. Just like you do when you go to the beach, you take a minute and hydrate and now use sunscreen. It was not always like this, but we are now aware of the issues caused by a bit too much sun exposure.

We are not looking at regulation or laws to change our habits like seatbelts, but more like sunscreen, just think before you engage.

Countless papers and reports have been done on this effect’s, you do not need me to list them, just google it and read about on your own time.

With more than 100 provider’s we can come to your office, or you can make impressions yourself. If you have a lot of hobbies your could even stretch and become a Big Ear Provider and be able to write off all the expenses from your hobbies as well. We have a few dentists that are Big Ear Providers as it is just natural.

Here is a great blog that talks about choosing the right earplugs for what you are doing.

What the educational and buying cycle looks like.


Does active noise canceling work to protect your hearing?

Active Noise Canceling Big Ear

The short answer is ABSOLUTELY NO. It takes a little bit to understand just what active noise canceling is and isn’t and what it can do and what its limitations are.

Let’s, first of all, understand that it would never be designed to use as a hearing protection device, but rather a background noise eliminator. The main glaring flaw is 2 fold and it is not a flaw really it is just what it is.

  1. Are you using a active noise canceling unit that is using a ear tip to be able to seal off the ear canal and be a better hearing protection device than a open speaker like the old earbuds where you can still hear all the outside noise and have to turn up the sound in the device to overcome the background noise.
  2. This is something that is very hard to find but is in the very small print. This is not meant to be a hearing protection device. The issue is it cant control any kind of sudden impulse sound or quickly changing loud bursts of sound. It is designed to listen and access the sounds coming in and creating an anti frequency to cancel this sound wave to give you the effect on reduced background noise. This takes time to do and if you try and use this active noise canceling device like a hearing protection device you will constantly get dosed and this will lead to Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

Here is an excellent article in Wiki on how active noise canceling works.

There are a few different patents and devices out there that taught that it will eliminate all the sounds and most people automatically think that would then include hearing protection.

Many people who read or sell this unit take a pretty hard opinion about their new devices, but they are not doing more than 100 events per year talking belly to belly to customers that are all confused now when they come up to our booths. So many are asking us is this active noise canceling like it is somehow some kind of hearing protection device and it just simply is not.

So the positives

The jawbone device was one of the first to really get this technology out to the consumer and they are now out of business. They were too soon and too expensive and no one knew what it was. It was too heavy and did not fit very many ears without an adapter. Once you added a custom ear adapter it became an amazing unit.

The Bose headset was one of the first to get market penetration on the over the ears noise canceling and if you had noting it was better than that, but you sweat and it was not comfortable to wear. You still could hear all the sudden pulse and impact sounds are so it is not hearing protection.

We are a hearing protection company first so are jaded on products that claim and give the false sense to be some sort of reduction product but when you look at there disclaimers and indemnification clauses they try and not be liable for the miss information or confusion that they cause.

What the best noise canceling headphone with compression

The proper device to create:

It would be expensive and overkill, but the right product that will need to be created would be a sealed active noise canceling with compression. This would allow all the background noise to be recreated and compressed to be recreated so you could control and limit the impulse and random bursts of sound.

There is no reason to get into a debate with the active noise canceling device companies because they always say that it is not a hearing protection device, some where in small print, but like drug companies they only tout the benefits and let you believe that it would be hearing would be protected because we neutralize noise.

So at the end of the day if you are in an area that is over 95dB, wear some sort of hearing protection and don’t rely on an active noise canceling device to protect your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss.

How to find the right hearing protection.


Hearing Protection for Construction Workers

One of the most common causes of acquired hearing loss is prolonged exposure to excessive noise. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than half of all construction workers have been exposed to noise that is considered hazardous. Due to this fact, it should come as no surprise that construction workers are prone to having some degree of hearing loss. According to one particular study, those working in construction had the second highest rates of hearing impairment.

construction hearing protection

Common Noises on Construction Sites

Construction workers are exposed to a variety of hazardous noises that are not typically found in other industries. Because noise on construction sites is varied and always changing, it can be difficult to control the noise levels. Some of the most hazardous noises on a construction site include:
• Jackhammers
• Cement mixers
• Electric saws
• Welding machines
• Sledgehammers
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a permissible noise level of 90 dBA is permitted for workers during an 8-hour day. Workers should only be exposed to noise levels of 100 dBA for only two hours during the day. Considering the fact that the noise level of a jackhammer is 130 dBA, this level of noise is not considered safe for any amount of time. Other power tools used in construction can be as high as 115 dBA. Noise levels for heavy construction equipment range between 80 to 120 dBA.
It’s easy to see that when construction workers are exposed to these kinds of noise levels, why they would suffer hearing loss.

Hearing Loss is Permanent

Anytime hearing loss occurs after birth it is called acquired hearing loss. In some instances, when a person is subjected to loud noises, their hearing loss is only temporary. Some people also experience tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, after exposure to loud noises. However, for people like construction workers who are exposed to excessive noise for prolonged periods of time, hearing loss is often permanent. This means that nothing can reverse the damage that has been caused.
When hearing loss occurs, it is gone forever. This permanent hearing loss may occur in one ear or both. Once the hearing has been permanently impaired, the only way to get it back is by wearing hearing aids. If you are a construction worker and want to prevent injury to your hearing on the construction site, you’ll need to educate yourself on how to prevent hearing loss.

Reasons Construction Workers Don’t Wear Hearing Protection

Construction workers who do not want to suffer from permanent hearing loss can do some things to prevent it. One of the simplest ways to protect the ears is by wearing hearing protection. Despite this fact, only 31% of construction workers that are exposed to loud noises wear any type of hearing protection.
Some reasons construction workers give for not wearing hearing protection include:
• Hearing protectors are too uncomfortable
• Hearing protectors are too hot
• Workers are not trained properly to wear hearing protection devices
• Workers do not have access to hearing protection devices
• Workers are not aware they need hearing protection
• Hearing protectors create situations where they can’t hear other workers
In some of these instances, the employer is responsible for making sure all of their workers have the proper training and access to hearing protection. In other instances, it is up to the construction worker whether they choose to wear hearing protectors.

Industrial Hearing ProtectionGuardian Transformer Guardian Max Guardian Vanquisher

Every industrial product we offer will allow you to solve any hearing conservation problem you have.

The Best Earplugs for Preventing Hearing Loss

There are many types of hearing protectors on the market. Some of the most common ones include wax balls, earmuffs, and noise-canceling headphones. There are also different types of earplugs including ones made out of foam and ones made from silicon. Universal earplugs are the most popular.
Earplugs work by protecting the ear canal. In order to be effective, the earplug must block the ear canal with an airtight seal. For this reason, it’s important for those wearing earplugs to insert them correctly. It’s not recommended to simply stuff the earplug into the ear. The correct method involves pulling the top of the ear up and back. This helps to straighten out the ear canal. The earplug can then be inserted into the ear canal. After the earplug is inserted, it’s necessary to hold it until it expands into the ear canal. When the voice of the wearer sounds muffled, it means there is an airtight seal.
Despite the fact that most earplugs offer an airtight seal, these types of earplugs are only recommended for short-term use. For construction workers who need hearing protection for many hours a day, the best type of hearing protection is custom-made industrial earplugs. Custom-made earplugs are called otoplastics. Because they are custom-made, this type of earplug fits the wearer perfectly. Besides fitting perfectly and offering superior hearing protection, another advantage of customized earplugs is that they last for many years.

In order to make this type of earplug, an ear impression is taken of the outer ear and the ear canal for the person who will be wearing the earplug. This enables the earplug to take the shape of the wearer’s ear. Besides offering a perfect fit, these custom-made earplugs can be worn under a hardhat and other protective equipment, which makes them perfect for construction workers.
Construction sites are some of the loudest locations in the world. For this reason, it’s absolutely imperative for construction workers to take care of their hearing. If they don’t start now, they could permanently lose their hearing. Finding the right hearing protection is crucial for hearing protection. Wearing custom-made industrial earplugs is the best thing construction workers can do for their hearing.

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


Big Ear 

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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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