Let’s start with a question.
If you fall ill and need to know exactly what’s wrong with you, what do you do:
a. Google your symptoms and believe the template answers
b. Pay your doctor a visit and get him/her to personally diagnose you
Now, the chances are, if you’re a ‘quick-fix’ type of person, you probably said ‘A’, and if you’re someone who prefers to take a bit more time being completely sure, you probably said ‘b’.
So, what does this have to do with your hearing protection?
Well, a lot, actually.
See, when it comes to your hearing, you are completely unique; you expose yourself to different sounds, different environments, and different volumes to the next person all the time.
Which means, when you develop NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss), that’s unique, too.
Just like googling illness symptoms, where standard, off the shelf hearing aids will give you a quick fix to what the common or ‘template’ hearing problems are, the chances are they’re not going to help your individual need, potentially missing critical areas that are in need of attention.
Also, when a hearing problem starts, without the correct treatment, it can quickly worsen, which can lead you to experience a significant drop in the quality of your life.
The term ‘life-changing’ doesn’t sound quite so dramatic now, does it?
So, are there any other benefits to custom hearing protection?
Not only are custom hearing aids more effective than standard, non-custom ones, they’re also:
- Much more comfortable to wear – made to fit the exact proportions of your ear, they’ll never accidentally fall out or irritate your ears. In fact, the only problem you’ll have is that sometimes you’ll forget you’re even wearing them.
- Really clever – remember how we said that your noise exposure is completely unique to you? Well, with custom-made hearing aids, they’re designed to match the exact types of noise you expose yourself to, increasing the noise levels when needed and reducing the levels when they’re dangerously high.
- Designed to last a really long time – made from medical grade silicone, they’re more hygienic and durable giving you at least 5-6 years of constant, loyal service.
- Going to look a lot more attractive – Let’s face it, if you didn’t know all the benefits as to why wearing hearing protection is really smart for your long-term health, you might not consider wearing them at all. However, as someone in the know, custom-made protection benefits from sleek designs that fit around your style, not the other way around.
If you’re unsure as to whether you need to wear hearing protection, or you just need some friendly advice on what you can be doing to ensure your long-term ear health, then book your hearing evaluation and pay us a visit.
Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the Director of Hearing Aid Services here at Physician’s Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician’s Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a Clinical Audiologist where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as Director of Hearing Aid Services, where she does an excellent job managing the Audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.