I am delighted to hear that you are using ear protection. In the environment that you are working it is a non-negotiable. I would recommend that you see an audiologist for a full hearing evaluation and that you have this done at least every year. An audiologist can evaluate the functioning of your middle ears and refer you back to the ENT if necessary. The audiologist would also be able to have custom ear protection made for you. There are a few products available on the market that work with a filter that let through sound of a certain intensity but not sound that could be harmful to your hearing. The prices on these products differ but most of them are very reasonbly priced. If your audiologist writes a letter to your medical aid explaining the reason why you need them, i think you might be able to do it through the medical aid.
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