Serving in the military and exposure to loud noise go hand-in-hand. What you might not know is just how damaging that noise can be. Prolonged exposure to noise over 90 decibels (dB) can result in permanent, irreparable hearing loss. A one-time exposure - no matter how brief - to 120 dB or more can do the same. Just once, and your hearing could be seriously damaged.
Leave your ears unprotected and the day may come when you won't hear your grandchildren, when watching television or listening to music is a chore, or when you have trouble understanding your friends and family.
Unfortunately, protecting your hearing is not as easy as you think. Generic foam earplugs can be uncomfortable and must be inserted perfectly - “every time” - to provide the advertised level of protection. Traditional muff-style headsets are hot, bulky and often impractical. Other earplugs can come loose during activity. And if you have to communicate effectively while still blocking harmful noise, ordinary earplugs simply won't work. The fact is, there is only one way to protect your hearing effectively and comfortably -- custom-fit earpieces from Westone.
Westone hearing protection products are molded from an impression taken directly from your ear. Because your ears are unique, just like your fingerprints, only custom-made hearing protection can provide perfect fit, and repeatable effectiveness. Westone custom hearing protection and communication earpieces are offered in a wide variety of styles and colors appropriate for any application. They're virtually indestructible, and best of all, they're affordable.
Westone has been crafting custom earpieces since 1959. We've made literally millions, each one hand-finished and of the highest quality materials. Our products are in use by members of the U.S. armed forces around the world.
Call us. Just ask for our military specialist and we'll provide recommendations for your specific needs, and direct you on how to get started. You have nothing to lose, except your hearing, if you wait too long.
ACCES® (Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece System) products are unique in the world and are currently made exclusively by Westone. Westone Laboratories partnered with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to research, design, build and test communications earplugs with the goal of improving hearing protection and communications for military pilots and ground crews.
The primary benefit of ACCES® is it offers greatly improved speech intelligibility in noisy environments. Military aviation personnel are exposed to hazardous acoustic noise that degrades hearing and communications. The F-22, and legacy Air Force and Navy fighter aircraft, generate up to 150 decibels. Current hearing protection is inadequate. Personnel wearing current protection are often overexposed in seconds or minutes.
By integrating specialized electronics into custom-molded earpieces, ACCES® allows wearers to experience clear audio communications while protecting their ears from damaging noise common in aerospace environments. ACCES® provides an average of 30 dB noise reduction, while allowing clear communication in high-noise environments. Designed to interface with sophisticated communications systems, ACCES® earpieces provide the highest performance and most repeatable fit and seal of any hearing protection device. ACCES® has been approved as safe-to-fly in Air Force fighter, bomber, helicopter, and cargo aircraft.