People who work with firearms, heavy machinery, or any job with consistent loud noises may want to consider long-term protection. Those who frequently attend loud sporting events and concerts may also benefit from hearing protection. AOC Physicians carries both inner ear and over-the-ear hearing protection options. Even though the hearing protection creates a quieter environment for the ears, it also allows the patient to hear conversations and easily return to everyday activities at work. The hearing and audiology experts at AOC Physicians recommend hearing protection to patients wanting to be proactive about their hearing and for those who have already experienced some degree of hearing loss and wish to slow the progression of that loss.