Yes. Under “Find a Store” you will shortly be able to find a list of all the audiologists and suppliers in Europe who sell Elacin earplugs.
All Elacin earplugs are tested and certified and bear the European CE label. Earplugs are products that are legally covered by the “personal protection equipment” directive. This means that they must be comprehensively tested by a certified institute (such as TNO). If all the requirements are met, a product is awarded the CE label and the full specifications are listed in a manual. Earplugs without the CE label are not certified.
Yes, you can have the filters changed free of charge up to two weeks after purchasing the ear plugs. Contact your audiologist or our Customer Service employees to arrange this.
Unfortunately this is not possible because the earplugs are custom-made to suit individual specifications. But our sound demonstrations let you
experience the benefits of the different types of earplugs before you buy.
We keep ear impressions for eight weeks. Heat and cold cause them to deform, so they can no longer be used to produce good quality earplugs after that point.
This is also why we do not return any ear impressions.
Our aim is to return your earplugs within five working days of receipt. If we have to make you new earplugs, the standard delivery time is 10 to 15 working days.
This is often misunderstood. Over attenuation is as dangerous as under attenuation. With over attenuation you will be disconnected from your environment which can result in dangerous situations. This can especially be the case when in traffic.
The Elacin range offers a variety of filters (models). You can read what type of filter is most suitable for what hearing protector on our product overview. An audiologist can provide you with more detailed information.
Elacin earplugs have an average product life of four years. Rather than being determined by the quality of the material, this is due to the fact that the shape of your auditory duct changes continuously throughout your life. This means that your earplugs may not fit as tightly, so they do not create a proper seal and sound attenuation is inadequate. For optimum protection, you should therefore have your ears measured for new earplugs every four years. The recommended replacement date is indicated on the grey customer details card that is enclosed with the earplugs. We recommend that children and adolescents under 16 are checked annually to ensure their earplugs still fit properly and can attenuate sound.
To maintain a high level of hygiene, we recommend that you clean your earplugs regularly with a damp cloth and then dry them with a soft cloth. You can also use cleaning tablets or Elacin cleaning spray.
Soft hearing protectors, made from silicone material have only been on the market for a few years. They are comfortable to wear in the ear and adjust to the movements of the auditory canal, as the wearer talks for example. This hearing protector therefore seals the ear better than a hard one.
Hard hearing protectors are made of acrylic. These are the oldest and most well-known form of custom-made hearing protectors and are very easy to place in the auditory canal. In many cases, a hard hearing protector is the best solution for people with a very narrow auditory canal.
It applies in general that noise levels of 80 dB(A) or less for a maximum of 8 hours per day are not harmful.
You can recognise a level of 80 dB(A) when at a separation of half a meter you must raise your voice in order to be heard. For each increase of 3 dB(A), the safe exposure time reduces by half: that is the amount of time you can remain exposed to this level of noise without damaging your hearing. So, at a noise level of 83 dB(A), the safe exposure time is 4 hours, and at a level of 86 dB(A), only 2 hours! At higher levels, or for longer exposure times, the wearing of hearing protectors is definitely necessary to preclude the risk of hearing damage.
You can buy our earplugs from a large number of audiologists, who can also offer advice on our range. You can find an up-date-list under “Outlets”. A number of products are also available in our webshop and you can be measured up for earplugs at our head office in Dongen. You can arrange an appointment by contacting our Customer Service employees, who are available on working days between 09.00 – 16.30 hours (+31 (0)162 37 25 25).
Hearing protectors can be divided into two groups: ear muffs and ear plugs.
Ear muffs surround the auricle and are sealed against the head with soft padding. A flexible headband (over the head) connects the muffs and ensures that they fit correctly.
Advantages of ear muffs: Quick and easy to use, immediately available, fit everyone, cause no discomfort if one has auditory canal problems and provide good attenuation of high frequencies.
Disadvantages of ear muffs: Unpleasant weight and pressure on the head, very uncomfortable in high temperatures, loss of “hearing direction” (localisation of the source of sound).
Earplugs are worn in the auditory canal or seal it to exclude the noise. Ear plugs can be divided into three groups: disposable, pre-formed and “custom-made”.
Disposable ear plugs
These are made of memory foam that first has to be rolled into a compressed cylinder before being inserted into the auditory canal. Once inserted, the foam expands to its normal dimensions, sealing the auditory canal. They are intended for single use. It is essential that they are inserted correctly and deeply enough to ensure sufficient attenuation.
Pre-formed ear plugs
These are inserted directly into the auditory canal, or seal the entrance to it. They can be used several times and can be cleaned. Here too, it is essential that they are placed correctly and deeply enough to ensure sufficient attenuation.
Advantages (disposable and pre-formed): Immediately available and fit most users, no uncomfortable weight or pressure on the head, no discomfort in warm surroundings, no distortion of directional hearing.
Disadvantages (disposable and pre-formed): The degree of protection is very dependent on correct insertion – practice is needed. Because they gradually work loose, it is necessary and important to keep putting them back in to ensure sufficient protection. Discomfort due to pressure in the auditory canal, limited range of attenuation levels.
Custom-made ear plugs
These are individually custom-made to fit the user’s external auditory canal. The auditory canal is sealed by the plug and the acoustic filter determines the required attenuation.
Advantages (compared to disposable and pre-formed): Maximum wearing comfort – especially for long-term usage, easy to use, secure and stable seal that ensures a high level of protection certainty. A broad range of filters offers the opportunity of attaining the best possible attenuation level, retention of perception of signals and sounds, and, what is more, continuous ventilation of the auditory canal.
Disadvantages: Not immediately available (delivery time), relatively high investment in initial purchase, but will pay in the long run.
Custom-made hearing protectors have many advantages.
In the first place, they are comfortable to wear. After a while you won’t even notice you’re wearing them. At the same time they provide maximum protection. Our broad range of sound filters makes it easy to choose the right protection. Custom-made hearing protection enables you to continue communicating with others as
normal and there is no need to worry about feeling pressure in your ears.
In short: a custom-made hearing protector is the ideal solution for all noisy situations.