Hearing Protection

Hearing loss has become a common problem over many decades. Loud environments have multiplied into work, play, entertainment and even at home. What used to be a small television in a living room has morphed into a large entertainment center with multiple speakers. We entertain by sound and live in an increasingly noisy world.

While noise reduction is being taken more seriously, we do not protect our hearing as we should. The result is a plethora of hearing problems. The most common complaint is the loss of the ability to hear normal speech and other sounds, usually in people over 50. Age-related hearing loss has increased substantially as a health problem.

There are many hearing protection products on the market, but they come in two basic types: earplugs and earphones (earmuffs). Some products allow specific sounds through, and some muffle all sound, while some are designed to eliminate sound. Here are some specialized hearing protection products:


Custom earmolds are plastic hearing protection holders made from a soft impression of your ear. Many hearing protection products require a custom fit. The earmold is used for hearing aids and hearing protection devices.


The premise for all hearing protection is to prevent harmful sound from reaching the eardrum. Shooter’s earphones allow some sound to reach the ear, but a mechanism closes instantly when the shockwave of a gunshot is set off. This valve mechanism is designed to allow hunters and others to communicate while protecting against concussive noise.

Construction/industrial sites

Earplugs and earmuffs of many styles are designed to stop the loud noise that surrounds construction sites, but some earmuffs are attenuated to allow speech to be heard apart from this noise. These worksite earmuffs are designed to allow workers to hear instructions or warnings even if they are isolated on the site.


Earplugs play a major role in protecting the hearing of those constantly in the water. Swimmers and divers, emergency water service personnel and children, should all take advantage of water protection plugs. Water and pressure can damage hearing.

Musicians/music workers

One of the biggest culprits of hearing loss is the loud, concussive rock music venue. Musicians, technicians and even food service workers in these venues need hearing protection. (Orchestra and other types of music venues should not be ignored!)

In the case of musicians, specialized earphones and earplugs are designed to allow the music frequencies through to the ear while reducing the volume. These musicians’ monitors also allow musicians to hear speech better while gathered on stage.

Call Sandia Hearing Aids today with any questions about protecting you or your loved ones’ hearing.

Hearing Products We Offer Include:

Hunting Ear Plugs


Hunting, shooting and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.

Music Hearing Plugs


Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.

Swim Plugs


For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.

Sleep Plugs


Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Also great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.

Motorsport Plugs


Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.

Surfer Plugs


Designed to prevent surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear caused by exposure to cold water and wind. The floatable material is molded with a sealed membrane spanning the sound bore that keeps cold water and air out of the ear canal, but allows for conversation and hearing while in the ear.

Occupational Plugs


Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.

Custom Ear Buds


For use with any bud/button style earphones.

DefendEar 1

DefendEar 1:

Amplification for situational awareness, as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.

DefendEar 2

DefendEar 2:

Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots.

DefendEar Hunter

DefendEar Hunter:

Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.