One in three Americans develops hearing loss from exposure to noise. Damage occurs when sounds are too loud (firecrackers or gunfire) or are present for too long (concerts, lawn mowers, motorcycles).
Today we have all sorts of hearing protection available. From the inexpensive throw away ear plugs, to very sophisticated electronic shooter plugs for hunting. The bottom line is that they are all far less expensive than hearing loss and hearing aids. I would much rather help you protect your hearing than have to fit you with hearing aids once the damage is done.
If you are concerned about your noise exposure or your family members noise exposure, I would be happy to talk with you about your choices for hearing protection, both one size fits all and custom products. We even have hearing protection for infants.
Susan E. Terry, Au.D.