Best Ear Protection for Airport Workers

Airport workers are exposed to loud noise on a daily basis, which may lead to hearing loss. The best ear protection for aviation should fit optimally and block harmful sounds. If noise is not blocked correctly, it can cause problems with speech recognition and other communication issues. Therefore, airport employees should always wear hearing protection at work.

Ear protection for airport workers is a necessity, especially in the case of make-up artists and barbers who work in hair salons. These guys need ear protection to protect their hearing as well as maintain a positive mood!

List of the best aviation hearing protection

Trying to find the best aviation hearing protection may seem like a difficult task, with no clear winner in sight. There are many ways to provide you with hearing protection and keep your ears safe as you go about your business, but which ones are the best? In this guide, we’ll take you through our picks of the best aviation grade hearing protection on the market today.

Decibullz

Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs are made in the U.S. and offer up to 31 dB of noise reduction. They are easy to mold to a custom fit just for you. Simply heat the earplugs in boiling water for 5 minutes; allow them to cool for 30 seconds, then insert them into your ears and shape. If over time your Decibullz custom earplugs lose their form, there’s no need to worry, they are re-moldable. Just reheat and re-shape. Low cost and low profile, these custom earplugs come in five different colors and black, and include a carrying pouch. 

Best for: Re-moldability and safety

Materials: 

  • Two Decibullz thermoplastic custom molds
  • Three sets of triple flange silicone tips (small, medium, large)
  • One set of max protect medium foam tips
  • Soft cloth earplug carrying pouch

Can Be Worn With Headset: Yes

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 31 dB

Re-moldable? Yes

Special Features

  •  Re-moldable
  •  Designed and built in the U.S. 

Benefits: 

  • According to the Decibullz website, its earplugs are the only re-moldable custom earplugs in the world.
  • The low profile design provides excellent noise isolation and can improve comfort when worn under a headset. 
  • There’s no need to pay for an expensive visit to the audiologist to get custom earplugs made; Decibullz allows you to custom fit its earplugs to your ears in less than 30 minutes.
  • EPA-certified to reduce noise by 31 dB
  • Highly affordable

Disadvantages: 

  • These custom earplugs must be stored at temperatures below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you leave them in a hot car, they will melt.
  • The max protect foam tips, which provide up to 31 dB noise reduction, for these custom earplugs degrade over time and will need to be replaced every four to six months.

Earpeace

Custom earplugs by Earpeace offer different levels of ear protection that range from 10 dB to 26 dB. There’s also a custom earplug and filter that offers impulse noise reduction, which is ideal for military purposes and construction workers. The Pro-Impulse filter protects against artillery noise, gunfire, and sounds from loud equipment like nail guns and riveters, while also allowing the wearer to determine sound directionality, which is necessary in hunting and combat situations. Earpeace custom earplugs are a special order item. You can select from 20 different colors and five different filters (10 dB, 17 dB, 20 dB, 26 dB, and Impulse). To order these custom earplugs, an impression of your ear canals from an audiologist is required. Upon placing an order, Earpeace will provide detailed instructions for finding a local audiologist and for submitting your ear canal impressions.

Best for:  Loud environments with intermittent bursts of noise (Pro Impulse filter), where you still need to hear directional sound 

Materials: 

  • One pair of custom-molded earplugs

Can Be Worn With Headset: Yes

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): Ranges from 10 dB to 26 dB

Re-moldable? No

Special Features

  •  Available in 20 different colors
  •  Choose from filters that protect in environments that range from 90 dB to 110 dB

Benefits: 

  • Offers a variety of filter options, according to your needs.
  • The Impulse Pro filter allows air to enter the ear, retaining spatiality and sound directionality and is comfortable in indoor and outdoor environments.

Disadvantages: 

  • Requires a visit to the audiologist and additional expense for ear canal impressions

CAVCOM EarzON

EarzON custom earplugs are made in the U.S. and have a noise reduction rating of up to 26 dB. They are 3D-printed in a digital lab and available in acrylic and silicone materials. Choose from a variety of colors and acoustic filters, based on your needs. EarzON custom earplugs provide “high-fidelity listening,” allowing you to hear voices and other sounds in the workplace, while reducing background noise. The company offers a 90-day fit guarantee. 

Best for: Customized hearing protection 

Materials:

  • One pair of acrylic or silicone custom earplugs laser engraved with user’s name
  • Retention cord

Can Be Worn With Headset: Yes

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): Ranges from 11 dB to 26 dB

Re-moldable? No

Special Features:  

  • Two-tone color options for visual fit verification
  • The Toggle Filter-Lite filter allows the user to toggle the filter open and closed to adjust for moderate noise to high to very high noise conditions. 
  • Laser engraved with user’s name

Benefits: 

  • 90-day fit guarantee
  • Metal detectable
  • Ear impressions are stored indefinitely for ease of reordering.
  • A choice of multiple filters that include protection for moderate noise levels to very high noise levels, and intermittent noise exposure; acoustic filters allow the user to hear high-fidelity sounds, like speech, while reducing background noises.  
  • A customer service representative assesses your exact hearing protection needs and will recommend a product/filter that will best serve you.

Disadvantages: 

  • Requires a visit to the audiologist and additional expense for ear canal impressions.

Pricing: Customized, depending upon the filter and product you select.

Eargasm Custom High Fidelity Earplugs

Eargasm custom earplugs have attenuation filters that are noise reduction rated at 16 dB. An optional High dB Filter will provide the user with up to 27 dB of noise reduction, according to the Eargasm website. Users report that these custom earplugs are optimal for loud concerts, and musicians working in recording studios, as well as for motorcycle riders, but given their noise reduction, they would be more than adequate for people working on a flightline or piloting an aircraft as well. They come with a leather carrying case and do not require a visit to an audiologist for ear impressions. 

Best for: Hearing high fidelity sounds while blocking out background noise

Materials: 

  • Custom-fitted high fidelity earplugs
  • Pair of filters (non-removable)
  • Vegan leather carrying case
  • Microfiber cleaning towel
  • Cleaning brush
  • Connector cord
  • Three pairs of black foam ear tips (large, medium, and small)
  • Three pairs of black silicone ear tips (large, medium, and small)

Can Be Worn With Headset: Yes

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 16 dB to 27 dB

Re-moldable? No

Special Features

  • The Eargasm Ear Scanner, which is downloaded to your iPhone and works with Face ID, allows you to acquire your ear canal impressions in the comfort of your home, eliminating the cost and inconvenience of going to an audiologist.

Benefits: 

  • 30-day fit guarantee
  • Hand-crafted with a high fidelity filter
  • No need to go to an audiologist for ear canal impressions; simply download the Eargasm Ear Scanner and use it with your iPhone and Face ID. 

Disadvantages: 

  •  Only two filters to choose from (16 dB and 27 dB) 

Big Ear Custom Aviation Earplugs

Big Ear offers custom earplugs designed for people specifically working in the aviation industry, as well as filtered custom earplugs that are best for pilots who want to wear a headset in conjunction with their custom earplugs for additional hearing protection. The Aviation Custom Earplug offered by Big Ear is made in the U.S. and offers up to 32 dB of noise reduction, according to Big Ear President Stone Hood. The company can send a representative to your work site to outfit an entire baggage handling or ground crew team. It makes the earplugs on-site, while you wait (about an hour). Big Ear earplugs can be worn all day, up to 12 hours, and can also be used for sleeping. The Big Ear Filtered Motorcycle Hearing Protection custom earplugs are ideal for aviators who wear an earmuff-type headset, Hood says. These custom earplugs filter out background noise while allowing the wearer to still hear important voice communication and directional sounds to maintain “spatial awareness.” Big Ear also offers an adjustable filter, so you can switch filters, as needed, from lower to higher decibel protection and vice versa. 

Best for: A range of aviation industry uses

Materials: 

  • One pair of custom earplugs made from super soft silicone
  • Heavy-duty carrying case (optional)

Can Be Worn With Headset: Yes

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): Ranges from 9 dB to 30 dB (Filtered earplugs); and 32 dB (Aviation Custom Earplug)

Re-moldable? No

Special Features

  • Laser engraved initials (optional) 
  • Filter choices include: 9 dB, 15 dB, 20 dB, 25 dB, 30 dB
  • Multiple colors available (optional)
  • Interchangeable filters (optional)

Benefits: 

  • Aviation-specific custom earplugs and filtered earplug options
  • Bulk orders can be made on site  
  • No need for a visit to the audiologist if you use their free home impression kit 
  • 90-day fit warranty (Filtered earplugs)
  • Extensive provider network for in-person service

Disadvantages: 

  •  Additional cost for optional items

Pricing: $95 (Aviation Custom Earplug) to $224.95 (Filtered) 

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