Your hearing explained
Your hearing system is a fascinating network of bone and nerve structures that enables us to hear the world around us and enjoy the best things in life.
When we hear a sound, sound waves enter the ear canal and cause the eardrum to vibrate. These vibrations pass through 3 connected bones in the middle ear and make fluid move in the inner ear which then stimulates the hair cells in your cochlear, these pick up and send nerve impulses to the brain that decode the sounds that we are hearing.
This is an amazingly effective but really delicately balanced process. Too much loud noise for too long will damage the delicate hair cells and cause you to go deaf.
So what can we hear?
The range of sound we can hear is phenomenal; some people can literally hear a pin drop and most of us can tolerate loud sounds such as heavy machinery. The levels of noise that cause discomfort differs from person to person and can also be affected by a person’s mood, for example we may be less tolerant of loud sounds if we are stressed. But whatever levels of noise we think we are ok with, too much noise will cause damage.
Hearing loss at a glance
There are 3 types of hearing loss, Conductive, Sensorineural and mixed. There are various causes such as operations, head injuries, infection and age but one of the main causes is EXPOSURE TO LOUD NOISE! Limiting your exposure to loud noise and taking preventative action such a purchasing bespoke ear protection will help you protect this important sense.
Here are some FAQ’s to help you further
Every application is different so each product has a different level of noise reduction.
Our in ear monitors provide up to 30dB of noise reduction.
Yes, if your custom earplugs have removable filters you can change the level of noise reduction yourself, just contact us on 0845 345 3912 to order new filters. If your custom earplugs have fixed filters we will exchange your filters within 30 days of dispatch. You will need to post your custom earplugs to us and we will return them the same working day they are received. Contact us on 0845 345 3912 to discuss your requirements.
To reduce wind noise without comprising awareness of your surroundings: they allow you to hear traffic and the noise of your own machine so you don’t get feel cut off from the riding experience, as sometimes happens with regular earplugs.
To reduce music and ambient noise to a safe level to protect you from hearing damage and tinnitus without affecting sound quality.
Different environments need different levels of attenuation (filters) for example a musician would consider using earplugs with a lower rate of attenuation so that they can pick up the complex sounds generated from the different instruments and vocals especially the higher pitched sounds.
A builder or factory worker on the other hand would benefit from a higher level of attenuation due to the constant drone of machinery etc. Clarity of speech is important for their safety.