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Protect Your Ears This Hunting Season with the DefendEar DigitalX

Hunting Blog

Hunting season has begun, and we're sure many of you can't wait to get out opening weekend. Before you head to the woods (or the range), it's important to make sure you have all the right gear. Appropriate clothes, good boots, safety glasses, and hunter orange. One thing you might miss, though, is hearing protection. Keep reading to learn why hunting and hearing protection go hand-in-hand, and to learn more about our DefendEar™ DigitalX line, perfect for recreational shooting and hunting.

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Ear Impressions: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Good, Bad, Ugly Impression

One of the first steps in creating quality custom-fit earpieces is taking an ear impression - and not just any ear impression, but a good one. So what makes a good impression? A bad one? Or a plain ol’ ugly one? Let’s dive into what makes an impression great, and what to do to avoid sending in an impression that just won’t cut it.

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Noise Reduction Rating: What It Is and Why It Matters

NRR

We all know wearing hearing protection is important for the longevity of your hearing. But did you know certain types of hearing protection are more effective than others? A little something called the Noise Reduction Rating, or NRR, can give you some insight into how effective a hearing protection device is compared to how loud the sounds are around you. Let's dive a bit deeper into NRR.

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What are the different types of hearing loss?

Different Types of Hearing Loss

When we think of hearing loss, we usually think of noise-induced hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises over time. But not all hearing loss is the same. Let's take a look into the different types of hearing loss, how it affects the ear, and what we can do about it.

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Avoid Swimmer's Ear This Summer with Westone AquaNot and Surfer Swim Plugs

How to Avoid Swimmer's Ear

Summer means beach trips, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and ultimately, swimming. While hanging out in the water is one of the best ways to spend summer afternoons, your ears can get infected if not properly dried and protected. Swimmer's ear is common during the summer months. But did you know there are several easy ways to prevent this painful infection? Keep reading to learn how.

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Fireworks and Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know

Fireworks and Hearing Loss

There's something special about the Fourth of July. It's summertime, everyone's barbecuing, red, white, and blue is everywhere. Plus, when the sun goes down, it's time for the main event: fireworks. This may be the highlight of the holiday, but for your ears, it's a different story. Fireworks can actually damage your hearing, leading to permanent hearing loss. Learn how to stay safe and still enjoy the fireworks show this holiday weekend.

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Active vs. Passive Hearing Protection

Active vs. Passive Preview Image

Within today’s hearing protection industry, there are hundreds if not thousands of different products available to consumers which are all designed for one specific purpose and one purpose only: protecting users’ hearing! From custom-fit earplugs, to universal-fit foam inserts, to military-grade earmuffs and everything in-between, there is a wide and vast supply of various hearing protection devices for practically any type of situation where people’s hearing may be at risk. Despite all the differences between all the diverse types of hearing protection available on today’s market however, the vast majority of hearing protection products are primarily sorted into just two distinct categories: Active or Passive hearing protection.

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How COVID-19 Has Affected The HHC Industry

How COVID-19 Is Affecting The HHC Industry

By this time, everyone and everything on Earth seems to have been affected in one way or another by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Hearing HealthCare (HHC) industry is certainly no exception to this, as HHC professionals all over the globe have had to scramble to find new ways to keep their businesses afloat during these on-going, turbulent times. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the current standing of the HHC industry here in the United States, and comparing it to how HHC industries in a few other countries abroad are operating during this pandemic.

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Helping The World To Hear: Discussing a Few Hearing Loss Non-Profits That Could Use Your Help!

World Hearing Day

Have you ever experienced the effects of hearing loss, either temporarily or on a more permanent basis? The symptoms caused by hearing loss can quickly become life-changing, but luckily for most of us in America, we have access to proper hearing healthcare to help us overcome or prevent such symptoms, however what about the millions of people around the world who aren’t quite so lucky? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few different non-profit organizations that could use your support in helping to provide proper hearing healthcare and audiological services to people all over the world who currently have no access to such services or care!

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Staying TRU: The Importance of Proper Hearing Protection for Musicians AND Music Lovers

photo: Bassnectar.net

Whether you’re a Grammy-award winning singer, a bass-dropping DJ, a master percussionist, a music photographer or the world’s most dedicated groupie who ONLY sits front row at shows, there’s one thing in particular you should be worried about: your hearing! In this blog post, we discuss some of the potential hearing loss dangers that concert-goers face every time they attend a show, and how TRU hearing protection can ensure your ears stay properly protected throughout any live performance.

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Westone Employee Highlight: Lavanda Wilkins

Westone Employee Highlight: Lavanda Wilkins

Every company needs to have that one special employee that just has a way about them in bringing everyone else around them together, and here at Westone, that employee goes by the name of Lavanda Wilkins. Even though Lavanda has been with the company for over 17 years, she remains just as upbeat and positive today as she did on her first day at Westone, as we’ve always been able to count on Lavanda to bring a little bit of sunshine into the building with her whenever she arrives for work every morning!

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The Importance of Taking Good Impressions and How to Assess an Impression Once Removed

Taking a Perfect Impression

If you have ever ordered a pair of custom-fit earpieces before, then you should already be all-too familiar with the ear impression process. The quality of an ear impression is not only the cornerstone, but the foundation and key starting point to making a proper-fitting earpiece. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of a good ear impression, while also pointing out some simple inspection points on impressions that can be used to ensure the impression provides all the necessary detail and landmarks required to make an ideal-fitting earpiece.

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Westone Employee Highlight: Randy Poll

Westone's biggest baseball fan Randy Poll

In our latest Employee Highlight, we take a look at the Westone career of one of our most expereinced employees: Randy Poll. Randy's career at Westone has spanned across the past three decades as he has held a variety of crucial positions throughout his time here. Having been directly involved with numerous key improvements or enhancements to our product offering, as well as our production procedures over the past 30 years, we can't thank Randy enough for his continued commitment to excellence and his willingness to share all of his knowledge with his less-experienced coworkers!    

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Westone Employee Highlight: Joan Gow

Joan Gow Employee Highlight

After a brief hiatus, we're back at it with our Westone Employee Highlight series! In this blog post, we show our appreciation and thanks for Joan Gow, who has been a crucial part of the Westone family for over three decades. During her time with the company, Joan has had a front-row seat to witness some incredible changes and growth take place within Westone, as her vast knowledge of all things Westone has become invaluable to our current staff, especially new workers in our earmold production labs. Click the link above to read the full story of Joan's unique career with Westone! 

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Westone and the US Military: Forming the Perfect Partnership

Pilot Flying With ACCES

How well do you think you know Westone?? Did you know that one of the main branches or departments within the company is solely dedicated to helping out US military service members? For nearly two decades, Westone's Military Department has proudly served thousands of active members of the military community from various bases around the globe. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the history of our Military Department and detail how an initial deal with the US Air Force opened the door for us to now be able to service every branch of America's military. 

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DEDX: the Future of Digital Hearing Protection

The All New DefendEar Digital X SeriesWestone's New DefendEar Digital X Line

As you may have recently heard, Westone has completely revamped our DefendEar Digital line of custom hearing protection, designed specifically for shooting enthusiasts and hunters. Replacing our old digital models of hearing protection are the new and improved DefendEar DigitalX models,with each model having been both physically and digitally enhanced from its previous DefendEar Digital counterpart. In this post, we will discuss the three models that make up the new DEDX lineup, and also discuss how each new model has been improved from its DefendEar Digital predecessor. 

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Westone Employee Highlight: Greg Morgan

Greg Morgan - Westone

Throughout Westone's entire history, few employees have traveled further and worked harder to spread the good word about Westone than Greg Morgan. In the latest addition to our employee highlight series, we take a look at Greg's intriguing careerpath here at Westone, which has spanned over 28 years and taken Greg across the pond numerous times on different business trips. A natural musician who's had to deal with his own battles with hearing loss, Greg knows all-too-well the importance of custom earpieces and the crucial role they play in people's daily lives! 

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Custom vs. Disposable Hearing Protection: What are the Benefits?

Comparing custom to disposable foam hearing protection.

Are you concerned about your hearing and considering purchasing hearing protection? With the world around us growing noisier and noisier every year, it’s not a bad idea to at least contemplate the decision! But what type of hearing protection would be best for you? Would a pair of custom-fitted earpieces really be worth paying the extra money, or would a cheap pair of foam, disposable earplugs get the job done just fine? In this post, we're going to try to answer that very question, while also discussing some of the clear benefits of using custom hearing protection.

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Westone Employee Highlight: Shirley Skidmore

Shirley Skidmore

In the latest addtion to our Westone Employee Highlight series on our blog, we introduce you to our most tenured customer service representative here at Westone: Shirley Skidmore. Shirley has held numerous positions at Westone over the past 30 years with the company, however she's been solely working as an outstanding member of our customer service team for quite some time now. Get to know a little bit more about the person behind the voice that you have probably heard a hundred times, and click below to learn all about Shirley's time with us here at Westone!

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Westone Employee Highlight: Karl & Kris Cartwright

Kris & Karl Cartwright

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year, we would like to take some time to thank our employees, especially our most tenured employees, for all they do here at Westone! Believe it or not, over 40% of Westone's employees have actually been with the company for at least 10 years, so we thought we'd start a series of employee highlights on our blog to recognize our employees for everything they've done over the past 60 years. We couldn't think of two better employees to start these highlights off with, than our two most tenured employees at the company: Karl and Kris Cartwright! 

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Raising NIHL Awareness: An Interview with Ear Peace Foundation Ambassador Kelly Culhane

Kelly Culhane, Ear Peace Foundation Ambassador

While exhibiting at the recent National Hearing Conservation Association’s (NHCA) annual conference this past February, Westone had a chance run-in with a remarkable young woman: Kelly Culhane. Kelly had just received the Girl Scout’s National Gold Award for her work as an ambassador with Ear Peace: Save Your Hearing Foundation. Ear Peace Foundation is an educational non-profit organization based in Miami whose goal is “to make young people aware of the problem of noise-induced hearing loss (NHIL) and motivate them to take effective measure to protect their hearing”.

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