How Serenity Choice Hearing Protection Could Save You Years of Irreparable Damage

05/10/2022 | Patient Resources

70% of people who should wear hearing protection do not, and we need to lower that number.

The risk of noise-induced hearing loss is something that should be taken seriously and prevented at all costs. It can develop quickly or take years for the irreversible effects to show up; but once you notice them, it’s too late.

You have likely experienced one-time or long-term noise exposure. Some of the most common noises that are damaging include industrial noise, gun shots, music concerts, sports events, aircraft noise, fireworks, and even lawn maintenance equipment.

But a hearing loss from loud noise exposure is something that can be avoided completely if hearing protection is worn.

If you are looking for hearing protection but having a hard time deciding which type to invest in, we’ve put some reasons below for why we think Phonak Serenity Choice provides our patients with the best hearing protection available.

The Best Hearing Protection for You

Phonak offers some of the latest and most advanced hearing protection on the market. Their ear plugs come with a variety of noise reduction ratings, so you can find the perfect solution for your specific needs.

We’re sure you want to enjoy life without sacrificing your hearing, and wearing the right earplugs can ensure that. When you do, you’ll be able to listen to music, have conversations with friends and family, and continue doing the things you love – all while keeping your ears safe from harmful noise levels.

How Serenity Choice Hearing Protection Earplugs Work

Serenity Choice earplugs are a medically effective way to protect your hearing from noise-induced damage, canceling noise and loud sounds from 9 to 16 NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) yet still letting you communicate easily with those around you.

The earplugs fit snugly in your ear canal. Made of soft silicone material with a choice of ear tips sizes for a good fit, some can even be ordered with custom ear canal molds. Also, the ear tips can be used multiple times.

These ear plugs are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Their patented mesh filters allow ventilation of the ear to prevent a build-up of excess moisture, so your ears don’t get itchy and irritated.

This makes them our top choice for hearing protection– over foam ear plugs, earmuffs, and tube filters.

How to Choose the Right Serenity Choice Hearing Protection

#1 – Serenity Choice Music

These earplugs offer a noise reduction rating of 17 dB and are a safe and effective way to protect your hearing from music playing at up to 102dB. Wear these at a concert, club, or bar with no concern about hearing damage.

One of the great things about these earplugs is they deliver the quality of the original sound at a safe listening level by reducing all frequencies by the same amount.

#2 – Serenity Choice Motorsport

This is the latest and most advanced hearing protection on the market for those who enjoy racing or other motorsports events. The earplugs filter out loud noise from engines, wind, and air turbulence while still letting in relevant sound and speech.

With noise levels inside a helmet reaching about 95 to 105 dB when you’re going 62 mph, you need your hearing protection to reduce that loudness but still let you hear the intercom speakers.

These earplugs are also washable, so you don’t need to worry about road dirt getting in them.

#3 – Serenity Choice Sleep

These are great for people who need to sleep in a noisy environment, especially those with a snoring spouse. Sometimes these snorers can hit 90 dBs! Ear plugs are so much easier on a marriage than moving to another bedroom.

Serenity Choice Sleep is designed to reduce the sound level of snoring, hotel noise, or street noise by 24 dB, eliminating or reducing sound to a nonintrusive level.

Unlike wax ear plugs, these earplugs won’t cause you to hear your pulse or make your ear canals itchy.

#4 – Serenity Choice Comfort

Many people suffer from daily noise exposure and don’t even know it – air conditioning, ceiling fans, a nearby worker’s playlist, conversations, ringing phones.

All that noise can be reduced to a quiet hum to make it easier for you to focus on the job at hand without added stress.

#5 – Serenity Choice Hunting and Shooting

This product is perfect for anyone who wants to protect their ears from the peak sound pressure level of gun shots, artillery fire, or explosions. It has patented impulse filter technology that does just that.

It provides optimum protection from high impulse noise, being ANSI IPIL certified up to 166 dB. You can wear it while hunting and still retain sound directionality and spatiality, which is critical in hunting situations.

When no sound peaks are present, you can easily hear voices and background noise, such as an approaching deer.

#6 – Serenity Choice Work

We want to make sure that you can continue working in any environment without having to sacrifice your safety or comfort. Phonak Serenity Choice Work reduces the sound level by 24 dB, making it safe for 8 hours of continuous use in any environment up to 109 dB.

Approved for OSHA PPE safety levels, you can combine this hearing protection with earmuffs in very loud situations where double protection is a requirement.

These are also useful when doing yardwork, tool work, or noisy cleaning jobs.

How Much Are Serenity Choice Earplugs?

When compared to the investment involved in treating a long-term hearing loss, hearing protection earplugs are a very inexpensive solution.

Choose from a Serenity Choice generic earpiece, Serenity Choice Plus custom full, or Serenity Choice Plus custom mini. Not all products come in all three choices.

Serenity Choice earplugs range from $25 to $60, and they all come with a two-year warranty.

Your purchase comes with:

  • 2 universal ear plugs in S, M and L size
  • 2 acoustic filters providing the appropriate dB damping
  • Aluminum key ring carrying case
  • User guide

What’s My Next Step for the Best Hearing Protection for Me?

Hearing loss is a serious problem, and it’s only going to become more common as our younger generations forego wearing hearing protection. It’s so important to take steps now to protect your hearing.

Loud environments can be dangerous for your hearing, but with the right protection, you can stay safe. We want to help you protect your hearing, so whether you need a new pair of earplugs for work or want a custom-made set of earplugs for hunting or music events, we can make sure you get it.

Schedule an appointment with us today! We offer free consultations to help you find the best way to protect and improve your hearing. Or give us a call at 541-612-7555 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.

We look forward to helping you with your hearing needs.

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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    Erika’s Story

    I’m Erika. I love learning about new technology, particularly with technology designed to help people hear and connect to their families, friends and community. I first learned about the Jabra Enhance Plus 18 months ago in a tech talk related to OTC hearing aids. OTC stands for “over-the-counter”; this was driven by the PCAST report (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) that was published in 2016 and was rejuvenated by Biden’s Executive to the FDA to develop regulations and labeling on a new classification of non-prescription hearing aids that would be available to purchase by consumers without professional engagement.

    The purpose was to introduce lower cost entry to hearing aids for consumers. This is opening a whole new pipeline of devices from manufacturers of consumer electronics to manufacturers of medical devices to get into the lucrative market of entry level amplification. Bose had launched their new “hearing aid” which was a terrible flop, it didn’t have rechargeability, it had a ton of feedback (whistling), it didn’t even have basic streaming features. Signia launched a product, Apple Air pods added transparency mode and developed an app to “test” your hearing to apply mild gain to your Air Pod Pros, and Resound’s research team partnered with GN’s consumer electronic group that makes Jabra products to develop a hybrid hearing aid/consumer electronic sometimes referred to as a Hearable, PSAP (Personal Sound Amplifier), or and OTC hearing aid. Other companies have come out with products that they are marketing as hearing aids, the FDA has been playing whack-a-mole with these illegally labeled products. Whatever you may call the widget, it is an electronic device that is not programmed by a licensed hearing health care professional.

    I was awarded a slot to participate in a pilot project to evaluate the Jabra Enhance Plus product before it was released commercially to the public. I have been wearing the device for the last 10 days. I have about 4 pages of feedback for the developers for the app and also the device itself. Here is my pro/con list.

    Pros: The size and fit. It doesn’t look anything like a hearing aid, it is like a small button Bluetooth or wireless earbud. There is nothing hanging out of the ear to catch on masks. The green, faded yellow and red indicator lights on the device and the charger are intuitive ways to alert to battery life. The little charging case holds a charge even when it is not plugged in. It is easily portable, fits great in a pocket of my purse so I have them with me. The streaming is pretty seamless. The app controls are deceivingly simple, it seems like there should be more, but it is really just the volume up and down. They were a lot more comfortable to wear while reclining and listening to streaming audio than other wireless earbuds that I have used. It was easy to switch to a call while streaming. They enhanced listening when I was watching TV.

    Cons: The built-in personalization didn’t seem to customize the sound; The filter setting was something that I wanted to change frequently, but it is a buried feature in the app. The fit was sort of uncomfortable in one ear and the selection of domes were not adequate. The occlusion effect for my own body noises was significant. My voice sounded too far away for people on the other end of the phone call. The sound quality for phone calls and streaming audio was inferior to other wireless earbuds that I use. I struggled in noisy situations to hear other people over my own body sounds. They move a lot in my ears with talking. They don’t connect to my computer, so going between zoom meetings and phone calls or other activities was cumbersome and I have to switch devices.
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    Tom’s Story

    Tom was not as happy as Donna after his 10 days with the devices. He much preferred his own hearing aids. He did like that his mask never got caught on them. His biggest issue was that he got whistling from them when he turned them up loud enough for him to hear the TV. He did enjoy the streaming capabilities. He struggled the most with pairing the devices, which may have been because he used his Bluetooth a lot for other things and the Jabra devices did not seem to respond well to intermittent connectivity.

    Donna’s Story

    Donna wore the devices for 10-12 hours everyday for ten days. She loved how much better she heard in group settings and in conversations with friends and family.

    She mentioned that after a long day she did notice that her ears would get a little sore and she thought maybe a smaller prescription hearing aid would be better for her long term, but she thought these self fitting hearing aids were great and easy to use. She would definitely consider buying them and even had several of her friends ask where they could buy them.

    Linda’s Story

    Linda wore the Jabra Enhance Plus 5-6 hours a day. Mostly while watching TV. She loved how much easier it was to hear the dialogue on TV. She also enjoyed hearing her husband more easily while they were having conversations. She had little difficulty connecting the devices to her app, the most difficult part of the connection that Linda had was remembering her apple password. She was really impressed with the product and the price.

    Beth Story

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    Jan’s Story

    I'm Jan. I have enjoyed being part of this new technology. After day two I did experience right ear canal discomfort and was not able to wear the device for a few days. I feel if the device was a little bit smaller it would be more comfortable for me.

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