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Are Custom Earplugs Effective?

a pair of orange foam ear plugs

Hearing loss is something that is experienced by millions of people all over the world. There are plenty of things that can cause hearing loss. Ear infections and infections such as meningitis, injuries to the inner ear, certain varieties of medication, complications at birth and even certain neurological factors can all come into play when it comes to the experience of any degree of hearing loss.

One other common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises for an extended period of time. This is something that impacts many different people in a lot of different circumstances. Those who work in manufacturing and construction and spend a lot of time working in loud environments with large machinery run the risk of damaging their hearing, as do those who work in performance-based careers such as musicians. However, noise-based hearing loss is something that can impact anyone. Whether it's listening to loud music, going to concerts or simply being in environments where there is a lot of noise can potentially impact your ability to hear. 

One of the best things that you can do in order to make sure that your hearing is always properly protected is to wear earplugs in any loud environment. There are plenty of different earplugs to choose from and many people swear by the use of custom earplugs. But are they really that much more effective than standard earplugs?


One of the biggest issues that a lot of people have with standard earplugs, particularly those made of foam is that they are not designed with the specific size of their ears in mind. This means that they can often be too large, which can often end up putting pressure on your ear canals and cause a lot of discomfort or too small, which means that they don't block sound properly and even fall out. With custom earplugs, you can be sure that they will fit snugly and comfortably into your ears and won't cause any kind of irritation.

Greater audio clarity

Another common issue of a lot of earplugs is that they not only reduce volume, but they cut out a lot of frequencies. This can cause what you're hearing to sound very muffled. Many custom earplugs reduce the volume of your surroundings while still allowing the necessary frequencies to get through so that you can still hear with all of the clarity you need. This is particularly useful for those who play music and want to be able to hear what they're doing while still protecting their hearing.


At first glance, standard earplugs might seem like the cheaper option since you will likely have to pay more upfront for a set of custom earplugs. However, the issue there is that you will likely have to throw away a pair of standard earplugs a whole lot sooner. Custom earplugs tend to last a whole lot longer which means, in spite of initially costing more, they are going to provide you with far more value for money over time than their cheaper counterparts.

More hygienic

Many standard earplugs are made from a porous material which absorbs moisture and can become incredibly unhygienic over an extended period. Most custom earplugs are non-porous which means that they are a far more hygienic option. The risks of things like ear infections are far lower with custom earplugs and many of them are even antibacterial which means that you are far less at risk of conditions like swimmers' ear, something that is caused by repeated immersion in water.


If you consistently wear foam earplugs or any other kinds of disposable earplugs, you will likely have to buy then frequently. Not only can this end up becoming pretty expensive, but it can also be something of an inconvenience. Custom earplugs are designed to last far longer than their standard counterparts which means that when you buy a pair, you don't have to worry about getting them replaced for a good long time. This means that you can just get on with your life knowing that you're always going to be able to keep your hearing properly protected, no matter what kind of circumstance you find yourself in.

If you have any questions about protecting your hearing or you want any more information on hearing loss, you can learn more about how we can help by getting in touch with Bowles Hearing Care Services PC today at, Charlotte: 704-334-442, Hickory: 828-322-7025, Mooresville: 704-660-9188 and Huntersville: 704-274-5299.