Hearing Protection

Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology offers a full range of hearing care services. If you have hearing loss, we can help. We also help people keep the hearing they have. Our audiologist is particularly sensitive to the hearing protection and care needs of veterans.

We use 3D scanning of the ear to create custom earmolds and earplugs that will fit the contours of your ears perfectly and provide hours of high-level, comfortable protection. Our audiologist matches your hearing protection needs with the latest technology to ensure you get the best protection possible.

Custom earmolds

If your job or hobby subjects you to noise, you should wear hearing protection to guard against hearing loss.

The audiologist uses 3D ear scanning to create a digital impression of your ear. Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology is the only practice in East Texas to offer this service. The digital scan is used to create earmolds in a variety of colors and types that will fit your ears perfectly. There are earmolds that are solid, while others are made of soft material.

Full-shell earmolds fill the entire bowl of the ear and are worn for protection in high-level noise situations. Half-shell earmolds protect in mid-level noise situations. Some earmolds feature an attenuator that allows safe levels of noise, such as conversation, to be heard while blocking damaging levels of noise.

Custom earplugs

Custom earplugs are worn in the ear canal. We use the same 3D ear scanning process to create a digital scan of your ear canal as we use for custom earmolds and hearing aids.

Custom earplugs are available in a variety of materials. We offer earplugs that block water or wind, as well as provide noise protection. These earplugs are popular with watersport enthusiasts. Other earplugs are perfect for those who work in a noisy environment like flight attendants or bartenders.

We even make earplugs for shift workers or frequent travelers that just need to create a quiet environment for sleeping. Talk to Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology about your needs and Dr. Ruiz will recommend the perfect custom solution for you.

Earplugs for firearms

Earplugs for hunting, shooting, skeet and any other sudden noise. You hear normally until damaging noise levels are reached. The filter instantaneously closes to block noise.

Earplugs for watersports

Avoid swimmer’s ear and surfer’s ear with custom protection from Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology. Keeps out water and wind while allowing for normal conversation.

Earplugs for motorsports

Earplugs for motorsports are designed to fit comfortably under your helmet and protect from the sound of air buffeting.

Earplugs for earbuds

Fit these around your earbuds and block external sound. You listen at lower levels and protect your hearing in the process.

Other Hearing Protection Products We Offer Include:

Hunting Ear Plugs


Hunting, shooting and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.

Music Hearing Plugs


Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.

Swim Plugs


For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.

Sleep Plugs


Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Also great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.

Motorsport Plugs


Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.

Surfer Plugs


Designed to prevent surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear caused by exposure to cold water and wind. The floatable material is molded with a sealed membrane spanning the sound bore that keeps cold water and air out of the ear canal, but allows for conversation and hearing while in the ear.

Occupational Plugs


Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.

Custom Ear Buds


For use with any bud/button style earphones.

DefendEar 1

DefendEar 1:

Amplification for situational awareness, as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.

DefendEar 2

DefendEar 2:

Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots.

DefendEar Hunter

DefendEar Hunter:

Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.