There are so many different types of custom hearing products and everyone’s needs are slightly different.
Making the right choice can be difficult. To help you decide which features are important for you read on…
Convenience and Effectiveness
Off the shelf earplugs and earmuffs are easy to buy, but the level of noise reduction you’ll receive depends on a good fit, which can be difficult to achieve even if you have been trained.
Minerva custom fitted earplugs require you to have moulds made by our qualified technicians, but as they are tailor made you’ll get a perfect acoustic seal and the exact level of protection every time.
The best hearing protector is the one that is properly worn all the time you are exposed to damaging noise, which is why comfort is an important factor when choosing hearing protectors. If hearing protection is uncomfortable you are unlikely to use it.
Earmuffs clamp over the ears and earplugs expand against the sensitive ear canals, so they can become uncomfortable over time. Custom made earplugs are shaped to exactly match the contours of your ears, giving such a perfect fit that once your used to them, you won’t feel them in.
What cost is your ability to hear well in the future? Generic earplugs are a cheap way to protect your ears, they cost only a few pence and can be thrown away after use. Better than no protection at all, they are fine for very occasional use but they are not filtered and their generic fitting can lead to noise leakage and discomfort. Also the cost of wearing them can add up if your exposed to noise often because you will need to replace them frequently.
Minerva custom earplugs work out between 6p-10p a day because they will last around 4 years (after this time it’s likely your ears will have changed, so the fit won’t be as effective). While there is a bigger up front investment, they are more cost-effective over time.
Appearance and Shape
Earmuffs aren’t practical for a lot of situations because of their size and shape. They won’t fit under a motorcycle helmet and would come of if you wore them whilst sleeping. Foam earplugs are more discreet, but look out of place on stage or on the dance floor.
The shape of all our custom made products has been selected for different situations, e.g. BikePlugs have a carved shape so they won’t rub against your helmet and cause discomfort. WorkPlugs feature handles to make them easy to remove.
The appearance of all our earpieces can also be fully customised with colours, laser etched text and, for a completely unique look you can send us an image to be laser etched onto your earpieces.
For most people, including musicians, motorcyclists and factory employees, what you need to hear is as important as what you block out.
Earmuffs and earplugs block out all noise levels making it is difficult to communicate or hear warning signals. Music and speech will sound distorted. If you need to hear speech in noisy situations you need to lift head sets off, exposing yourself to the damaging noise you are trying to protect yourself from.
All the hearing protectors sold on this site are fitted with acoustic filters which will let you hear exactly what you need; speech, music, traffic, etc. These filters are tailored to give you the perfect level of noise reduction for your application.
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We’ve arranged this site to make it easy to find the right hearing protectors for you. We have a selection of the most popular applications on this site but can help you with any requirements you need. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.