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Custom-Made Ear Plugs

Thanks to their throwaway price, a pair of one-size-fits-all earplugs make a fast & easy option for basic ear protection. 

But for people who need higher standards of comfort and sound quality, that basic level of noise-reduction protection just isn’t enough – so they choose to upgrade to custom ear plugs instead.

Individually moulded to match the contours of each wearer’s ear canal, custom ear plugs can be comfortably worn for hours. Most people say they feel so natural it’s like they’re not in their ears at all. This is in stark contrast to the constant, distracting adjustment required with disposable earplugs that never quite fit.

In addition to always staying in place and being much more comfortable, custom ear plugs can also have unique sound filters incorporated into them. These filters allow more of the sound frequencies the wearer wants to hear to pass through to them, while blocking the harmful ones they don’t want to hear. This makes them ideal in work situations where loud volumes are always present, but frequent conversations still need to be heard and understood.

Traditional vs Electronic Hearing Protection

From specialty noise-cancelling earplugs for sleeping, swimming and music, to cutting-edge sound attenuators for hunters, heavy equipment operators, military personnel and police, the range of traditional and electronic hearing protection and enhancement products continues to evolve. So whatever your hearing and protection needs, there’s now sure to be a solution ideal for you.

Traditional hearing protection

From specialty noise-cancelling earplugs for sleeping, swimming and music, to cutting-edge sound attenuators for hunters, heavy equipment operators, military personnel and police, the range of traditional and electronic hearing protection and enhancement products continues to evolve. So whatever your hearing and protection needs, there’s now sure to be a solution ideal for you.

Electronic hearing protection

There are some amazing new digital instruments now available that can enhance a wearer’s awareness of their surroundings while still protecting them from the effects of loud noises like gun blasts, engines, industrial equipment and tools. These represent the latest advancements in electronic hearing protection.

Custom hearing protection for musicians

From specialty noise-cancelling earplugs for sleeping, swimming and music, to cutting-edge sound attenuators for hunters, heavy equipment operators, military personnel and police, the range of traditional anDay after day, 8 days a week, professional musicians embrace the opportunities to expose themselves to huge amounts of music played loudly. The downside is that this willing exposure can leave them with long-term damage including hearing loss, tinnitus, diplacusis and hyperacusis. But thanks to advances in technologies, many excellent earplug options are now available to protect musicians so they can continue to hear well.

Key Features

In-ear monitors

  • These enhanced audio monitors and ear moulds provide a natural, balanced sound and pure, rich tones that give musicians total control over their music. 
  • Custom-fit to provide hearing protection by blocking out unwanted noise, they eliminate feedback, reduce on-stage noise levels and make vocal fatigue less likely. 
  • Moulded using a range of soft materials including silicone, they can feature detachable cables, soft canal tips, and even a sculptured cosmetic finish matched to a wearer’s individual skin tone.
  • Create a lower stage volume for the performer, which results in truer sound for the audience
  • Eliminate the need for traditional wedge speakers on stage

Filtered ear plugs

  • For musicians who want to be protected from loud music exposure but still need to hear the true sound and frequency of their music, their instrument and their vocal 
  • Made from silicone moulded to fit perfectly in the ear canal
  • Calibrated to balance out all levels of frequencies in the music to flatten attenuation across the frequency range, while still allowing sounds to be heard accurately at safe and comfortable levels
  • Available in varying levels of attenuation
  • Fit deep into the ear canal

For music aficionados

When you’re a lover of music, playing it loudly through headphones – just for yourself – is often part of the joy of the experience. And no matter what device you’re listening on, from a phone, gaming console or computer through to an old-school amp and turntable set-up, you can experience the ultimate in listening enjoyment by customising your headphones by adding custom-fit ear moulds made precisely for your ears.

Key Features

  • Custom-made earmoulds fit over the head of your earphones to create a seal that protects your hearing when listening to music and reduces the chance of your earphones falling out whilst running or during exercise.
  • Shaped using soft, flexible silicone which sits comfortably in the ear, yet is ideal for daily usage
  • Reduces ambient noise by approximately 25 decibels (dB) when taking calls or listening to music. 
  • Wax guard system

For smartphone users

Our phones occupy such ever-increasing importance to our day-to-day activities, yet our experiences can be routinely let down by the generic, ill-fitting shape and poor noise-reducing abilities of our earbuds. But by adding a pair of custom-made silicone ear pieces moulded specifically for your ears only, you’ll transform those earbuds into high-performance noise cancelling ear plugs

Key Features

  • Noise-cancelling characteristics help you hear your phone conversations, podcasts and music much more clearly
  • All-day, easy to wear comfort
  • Customised shape makes them less likely to fall out even during exercise
  • Reduces ambient excessive noise by approximately 25 decibels (dB) when taking calls or listening to music
  • Wax guard system

Professional ear plugs

There’s now an extensive variety of custom ear moulds and in-ear monitors that enable clear communication in a broad range of professional environments. Designed to eliminate unwanted outside noises by reducing sound by up to 40dB. Reduces outside noise while providing crystal clear sound and voices directly into the ear. Flexible to fit a range of different styled ear buds

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Common occupational specialities

  • Skeleton-style and canal-style Newscaster/Teleprompter Earmoulds are used extensively by broadcast professionals, reporters and law enforcement agencies. A vent is standard, with a curly tube over the ear.
  • A Pilot Headset Mould normally features a thick shell or receiver to accommodate a boom to support the boom mic attachment of the headset. There are two main styles of booms: A receiver-style earpiece with a snap-on boom; and a thick shell-style earmould with a screw-set adaptor for the boom.
  • The Anaesthesiologist Mould is a receiver-style earmould that allows a metal snap-on adaptor to fit ⅛  inch tubing for hooking up to equipment in noisy medical environments. Often comes complete with a 42-inch length of tubing.

Racing Receiver Moulds are used by amateur and professional drivers who demand quality one-way listening communication. The custom design allows maximum comfort and durability and provides excellent sound suppression underneath any racing helmet. Available in full shell and half shell styles and include 18-inch cord length on a mono 1/8 inch jack plug as standard. Stereo jack plugs are also usually available.

How to take the next steps

Could high-performance, custom fit, fully moulded ear plugs or the latest electronic hearing protection be the right choice for you today? If so, you can look forward to experiencing a crystal-clear difference. Start by:

Step 1. Book your hearing test

Visit our online booking portal to make an appointment at your local store.

Step 2. Find the right solution

We’ll help you discover the perfect option for your specific needs.

Step 3. Ongoing service and support

You can look forward to expert advice and dedicated follow-up from your friendly team at whichever location is most convenient to you.

Your Hearing Technology Experts

If some of these symptoms ring true for you, you may be experiencing hearing loss. Thankfully, modern technology has created hearing aids that deliver truly amazing hearing improvements while remaining virtually undetectable.

Bay Audio are the hearing technology experts, and can find the perfect hearing aid for you to ensure you can continue to enjoy life as normal. If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, book a hearing test with one of our experts now.