Audiology Services


Custom noise protection Earplugs

At Advanced Hearing Care, we strongly believe in hearing loss prevention. You only have one set of ears and you need to protect the hearing you have. To accomplish this, we offer a full-range of custom hearing protection devices and earmolds for any person who is exposed to loud noises occupationally or recreationally. We have custom earmolds specifically for construction workers, industrial workers, heavy machinery operators, mechanics, pilots and airline personnel, race car drivers and fans, motorcycle and woodworking enthusiasts, and hunters.

Custom Musician Earmolds and Monitors

Many musicians don’t like to wear earplugs to protect their hearing. Speech and music seem muffled and their own voice hollow. Did you know that there are earmolds and monitors specifically made for musicians and recording engineers that allow for clear and more natural sound quality at a safer level for your ears. The Doctors of Audiology at Advanced Hearing Care have been supplying musicians in the Charleston area with custom musician earplugs for over twenty years. Remember, if you ruin your hearing, the music is over. Call our office for more details.

Custom Swimplugs

For those people who need to avoid getting water in their ears, custom swimplugs are your answer. Whether you enjoy engaging in watersports or have a hole in your eardrum and have to avoid an earful of water while taking a shower, you are a perfect candidate for swim/earplugs. They’re custom-made for a comfortable fit. Since they float, they’re difficult to lose and come in a wide array of color, including bright neons. The Doctors of Audiology at Advanced Hearing Care have been making and fitting custom plugs for over 25 years.

Occupational Hearing Protection

According to the NIOSH, approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, causing an estimated $242 million per year to be spent on worker’s compensation due to hearing loss disability.

NIOSH recommends “all worker exposures to noise be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss.” NIOSH also recommends “a 3 dBA exchange rate so that every increase by 3 dBA doubles the amount of the noise and halves the recommended amount of exposure time.”

Loud, constant sounds all day long at work can cause long term hearing problems. Loud, sudden noises (gunfire, industrial noises, woodworking, motorcycles, loud music, motorized lawn equipment, noisy hobbies and other noises louder than 90 db) are more damaging to hearing than regular and extended exposure to loud sounds over a period of time.

NIOSH recommends a hearing loss prevention program that includes the use of hearing protection devices, periodic hearing tests and education for workers along with administrative controls that include accurate record keeping, evaluations and audits.

When properly fitted, earplugs can significantly reduce loud noises and prevent hearing damage and loss. Hearing protectors not properly fitted to the wearer’s ears do not effectively prevent damaging noises from penetrating the ear canal.

Ear Protection for Law Enforcement

If you are involved in law enforcement you undoubtedly know how important your sense of hearing is to perform your job effectively. You may also have experienced a situation where firing your weapon has temporarily reduced your ability to hear. And if it hasn’t already happened, there may be a future situation where your partner or a member of your team will be forced to fire their weapon in close proximity or in a confined area. The potential damage to your hearing could be severe and could result in irreversible hearing loss.

Ear Protection for Hunters and Recreational Shooters

As many as 50 percent of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. It is generally thought that loud noises in excess of 90 decibels are harmful to hearing over prolonged exposure. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels and requires reliable, quality hearing protection. Using ear protection can prevent needless and permanent damage to hearing.

Hunting requires one to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from the peak noise levels of a shotgun blast. Fortunately, hunters have many options for protection. Not only can they choose from custom or over-the-counter ear plugs or earmuffs, they can also choose protection devices that provide amplification while reducing the sounds of gunfire down to a safe level.

Electronic earplugs enhance the sounds around you. For example, you can hear game movement but also reduce impulse sounds (such as gunfire) down to a safe level. This helps prevent damage to your hearing. Electronic earplugs are available in custom molds as well as standard, less expensive alternatives.

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Professional musicians work in a high decibel environment in which hearing loss, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to sound and sound distortion can result.

Traditional earplugs will not work for the professional musician, as they reduce sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies. Custom musicians ear molds are available that can protect the musician’s ears from loud sounds without distorting what they hear. There are also a variety of ‘in ear monitors’ that will enhance the music experience whether you are a serious musician or just a music aficionado. Many other products are also available that will enhance the music experience.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.