No matter what your hearing protection needs we've got you covered
Your hearing is worth taking care of
Your hearing is a valuable part of your life. Increased exposure to noisy environments and loud music is putting today’s younger generation at risk of losing their hearing at an earlier age. It is therefore vital to protect your hearing to prevent any long term irreversible damage.
Customised hearing protection wherever you need it
At Key to Hearing we provide customised hearing protection for every situation, whether you are a musician, DJ, a keen marksman, a motorsport enthusiast or you are just looking for some light relief when sleeping. Let us help to give you the protection your hearing deserves.
Why you should choose custom fitted hearing protection
- Tailor-made allowing maximum comfort and ensuring you a secure fit.
- Made from waterproof, soft silicone that can be easily cleaned.
- Able to provide small amounts of noise reduction unlike foam earplugs.
- Music and speech can still sound natural and clear with vented designs to reduce occlusion and a range of filters to match your requirements.
- Suitable for small ear canals.
How noise exposure causes long term hearing damage
Prolonged exposure to loud noise can ultimately have an effect on your hearing ability. The inner ear hair cells send nerve impulses to the brain where we decipher the information but these hair cells can become damaged from persistent noise exposure. The longer you are exposed to noise and the closer you are to the sound source, the more damaging it may be. Hearing loss can also be caused by sudden and extremely loud noise bursts.
Some people report a ringing sensation (known as tinnitus) in the ears or head after being exposed to noise. It can dissipate over a short period of time but for some can become permanent. Tinnitus can also be associated with other factors including age related hearing loss. If the ringing sensation persists, it is best to get advice from a GP.
How loud is loud?
Sound is measured in decibel sound pressure level (dB SPL). A whisper can be no louder than 20dB whilst a gunshot can be as high a 140dB. The below chart shows approximate ‘noise’ levels. Sounds louder than 80dB can be potentially damaging to the ears.
The Best of British
We are proud to supply hearing protection and in-ear monitors from the leading British manufacturers. Read on to find out more.
ACS were established in 1994. ACS manufacture hearing protection products widely recognised by Music Industry Leaders for their excellence in sound quality, comfort, reliability and protection.
Established in 1952, Minerva are one of the largest specialist earmould laboratories in Europe. Minerva offer a wide range of customised products to the strictest quality standards.
Puretone have been manufacturing custom-made earpieces that enhance and protect your hearing since 1976. Their CENS Digital range is a popular choice for shooting enthusiasts.
Our hearing protection products are all custom made and require ear impressions from the recipient. Key to Hearing require clear ear canals to take ear impressions. If you know that you regularly suffer from ear wax build-up, we would recommend arranging an appointment with your local GP surgery to have your ears cleared prior to booking an appointment with us. Key to Hearing reserve the right to charge a fee for appointments where impressions cannot be taken.
Please note the prices on our website include the cost of the ear impressions and postage for the delivery of the item. Home visits are available at an added cost for this service. Orders generally take 3-4 weeks from the date of impression to fitting.