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Hearing Protection Devices

Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) should be used by musicians, hunters, employees who work in noise, and the general public when in a noisy environment (Ex: mowing the lawn, using power tools, watching fireworks, etc).

Damage to ears from noise usually occurs over time. The more time you have been exposed to loud noise, the higher the chance of damage to your hearing. Genetics can also play a role in how susceptible you are to having hearing loss following exposure to noise. Come in for a hearing test to get a baseline so you’ll know if there’s been a change!

As the noise level you are exposed to increases, the amount of time you should be in that environment decreases.

Permissible amount of noise exposure according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

#of hours/per day allowed Sound level (dB) Examples of common sounds at these volumes
8 90 Squeeze toy
6 92 Lawn mower
4 95 Inside a subway or electric drill
2 100 Riding a motorcycle or school dance
1 105 Sporting event
½ 110 Rock band or Jackhammer
.25 115 Emergency vehicle siren

Find out more about: Noise Hearing Conservation Standards & Noise Level Chart

Types of Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)

There are 2 styles of HPDs: Ear plugs and ear muffs. Individually, these HPDs reduce noise, but both can be worn at the same time for additional noise reduction. Custom style HPDs require an impression of the ear so that it will fit an individual’s ear perfectly. These custom ear plugs come in a variety of colors with different levels of noise reduction (up to 25dB of noise reduction).


  • Often times, universal HPDs distort the sound quality of music which makes it difficult to wear during performances and practices. However, many new HPDs have specialized filters to offer protection from loud noise while maintaining the fidelity of the music. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists to learn more!


  • Digital HPDs are a great option for hunters who want to be able to hear environmental sounds but also need fast protection from the loud gunshot. Exposure to the sound of just ONE gunshot can permanently damage hearing.
  • The digital HPDs require batteries in order to amplify environmental sounds and also quickly compress the sound of the firearm.
  • Custom and behind the ear style are both available with digital HPDs.
Phonak Serenity Choice

Phonak Serenity Choice

The high-end hearing protection from the No. 1 hearing care brand

Your hearing is a valuable commodity, and hearing well goes beyond just the ability to hear. It is tied to your social-emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. However, once damage has been done to the auditory system, it could be irreparable. So, it is essential for you – and your friends and family -- to take care of your hearing before the damage is done.

Introducing Phonak Serenity Choice. This line of high-end, in-the-ear hearing protection devices is designed to reduce the impact of noise-induced hearing loss. The 100% acoustically-tested filters cancel noise and block out loud sound, while keeping ears ventilated for comfort and to reduce moisture. The hearing protection devices are made from medical-grade, hypoallergenic material, which has some antibacterial properties, unlike silicone. Plus, they can be worn multiple times.

What makes Phonak Serenity Choice the smart choice?

  • Cancels noise and loud sounds
  • Lets ears breathe
  • Keeps relevant sound and speech

6 hearing protection devices – each in 3 different sizes - to choose from

Find the right hearing protection for your lifestyle as well as for your friends and family members.

  • Phonak Serenity Choice Music:
    Lose none of the original sound; simply brings it down to a safe level
  • Phonak Serenity Choice Work:
    Reduces the sound level by 24 dB making it safe for 8 hours continuous use in any environment up to 109 dB
  • Phonak Serenity Choice Sleep:
    Reduces the sound level of moderate to severe snoring by 24 dB, eliminating or reducing sound to a non-intrusive level
  • Phonak Serenity Choice Comfort:
    Reduces low frequency noise such as in an office setting or on public transportation to an acceptable level, but allows you to hear conversations
  • Phonak Serenity Choice Motorsport:
    Perfect for helmet-generated noise, reducing it to safe levels yet still allowing speech to be heard from intercom speakers.
  • Phonak Serenity Choice Shooting Hunting:
    Provides optimum protection from high impulse noise, being ANSI IPIL certified up to 166 dB

Call us today to learn more about Phonak Serenity Choice. Let us help you find the correct hearing protection device to fit your lifestyle and needs as well as those for your friends and family members.