Despite popular belief, 65 percent of individuals with hearing loss are under the age of 65. Hearing loss is often linked to damage suffered from exposure to excessively loud noise. That's why it is so important to use hearing protection around loud sounds...no matter your age.
Gundersen Health System offers hearing protection ranging from foam ear plugs to military-grade stock ear plugs to custom-made products, and for a variety of applications and environments, such as:
- Home workshops/power tools
- Musicians and concert goers
- Car and motorcycle racing
- Yard/grounds keeping (lawn mower, leaf blower, chainsaw)
- Recreational vehicles
These products are recommended to help reduce the impact of loud sound on your hearing. A complete hearing evaluation is also recommended.
Custom-made hearing protection: A custom fit makes earplugs more comfortable so you're more likely to use them. A better fit also provides significant reduction in the decibel level reaching your ears. Gundersen Health System will make customized ear buds for you. Custom-fit ear buds stay in place better.
Custom earplugs for musicians and concert goers: Musician's earplugs are the right choice for the performing musician or avid concert goer. The noise reducing properties let you hear your music accurately, but at a safer level. Different filters are available for alternative sound reduction.
Custom earbud and headphone attachments: These custom-made ear molds couple to your current earbuds and headphones for improved fit and sound quality. Ideal for hands-free phones, pilot headset and stethoscopes.
Combat Arms Earplugs: These earplugs provide two kinds of protection. The yellow ends have a calibrated filter that allows "hear-through," to hear conversation or footsteps, rifle bolts and other sounds that alert you to others nearby. The plugs' filters react for instant protection against high-level noise like gunshots. The olive ends provide passive protection against constant loud noise similar to traditional earplugs.
Swimmolds: These floatable molds keep water out of the ears--especially important for children with middle ear tubes.
Other hearing protection: Our stock hearing protection devices include: Roll-down Foam Plugs, Push-in Foam Plugs, Pre-molded Ear Plugs, and Earmuffs. Available in infant and child sizes as well as adult.
U.S. Department of Labor Regulations for Occupational Noise Exposure
Standard 1910.95(c)(1) - The employer shall administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an eight-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on an A scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent.
Standard 1910.95(d)(1) - When information indicated that any employee’s exposure may equal or exceed an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels, the employer shall develop and implement a monitoring program.