Passive vs. active hearing protection
Passive hearing protection
Passive Hearing Protection is composed of sound absorbing material such as foam or silicone, to reduce the level of sound entering your ears. The result is a muffled and muted sound of both harmful noise, but also speech of coworkers and friends around you.
Ear defenders: are custom hearing protection used to dampen the level of harmful sound reaching your ears. Ear defenders are common for professionals that work around harmful noise including mechanics, electricians, conductors, and engineers
Swim molds: are custom molds designed to prevent water from entering ears while swimming. Swim molds are common for individuals who are prone to ear infections, and like to keep their ear canals dry
Sleepers: are custom hearing protection to wear while sleeping
Musician earplugs: as opposed to foam earplugs, which distort the quality of music, musician earplugs have a filter which reduces sound levels to the individual's ears while maintaining the fidelity of the music. Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers, but also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, and dental professionals.Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.
Active Hearing Protection
Active hearing protection is for individuals who want to block out harmful noise and loud impulses such as gunfire, but still be able to converse with people around them. This hearing protection is also called “electronic hearing protection”, as the technology in the hearing protection electronically cancels the harmful noise.
SoundGear custom hearing protection is electronic hearing protection and enhancement. The technology was designed for the hunter and shooter, but is successful for many individuals including those working in construction and oil rigs. This product is custom molded to each wearer’s ear.