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Earmolds Specialist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. -  - Otolaryngologist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

Otolaryngologists & Audiologists located in Kittery, ME & Stratham, NH

Everyday exposure to loud sounds and music causes permanent noise-induced hearing loss in 13% of children and teens and 24% of adults. The numbers go even higher if you work in a noisy environment. The experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. offers customized earmolds to filter loud sounds and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. They also craft specialized earmolds for people who need to block damaging noise while clearly hearing other sounds. To learn more about earmolds, call the office in Kittery, Maine, or Stratham, New Hampshire, or book online today.

Earmolds Q & A

What are earmolds?

Earmolds are sometimes called earplugs. Both protect your hearing, but there are important differences between the two. Earplugs are available at your local pharmacy, where they generally come in one size and are a material that expands to fill your ear.

Earmolds are customized to fit your ear. Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. makes an impression of your ears and uses it to produce earmolds that perfectly fit the unique shape of your ears. 

You can also get different types of earmolds. Some are part of a hearing aid. Others either block harmful sounds, or the design caters to your unique hearing needs.

How do earmolds prevent hearing loss?

Your inner ear contains sensory receptors called hair cells. These specialized structures convert sound vibrations into nerve impulses that travel along the auditory nerve to your brain, allowing you to hear.

Unfortunately, loud sounds easily destroy or damage hair cells. As the cells become damaged, they stop working, which results in hearing loss. Over time, excessive noise can also damage the auditory nerve. Whether the damage is to hair cells or the nerve, the resulting hearing loss is permanent.

Hair cells can get damaged at a one-time event, such as a concert, football game, or car race. In this case, many of the cells recover, but some die.

With constant or frequent exposure, loud sounds cause the death of an increasing number of hair cells. You can lose 30-50% of your sensory cells before hearing loss is detectable during an audiology consultation.

Hearing loss keeps getting worse for as long as you experience exposure to loud sounds. Earmolds are the best way to protect your ears, reduce loud sounds, and prevent hearing loss.

What specialized types of earmolds can I get?

Musician’s earmolds are a good example of a specialized type of earmold. These earmolds stop damaging sounds from entering your ears while allowing you to clearly hear music with good sound quality. Some earmolds fit over earbud headphones and under boom-mic headsets.

Earmolds can also help you hear specific sounds while blocking out others. This type of earmold prevents hearing loss in pilots, broadcasters, athletic coaches, law enforcement officers, motorcyclists, and construction workers, to give you a few examples.

To learn more information about earmolds, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC., or schedule an appointment online today.