What hearing protection should I be using?

As we round out the month of October, known as National Protect Your Hearing Month, Dr. Melissa Wilson Beer has some tips for our patients, from newborn to adult, on how to keep your ears in tip top shape! What's the best thing you can do? It all starts with hearing protection! So what are some of her favorite products for keeping the decibels down while rocking out, attending a ballgame, or hitting up a spin class? 

For the littlest listeners, Dr. Wilson recommends earmuffs, and often directs patients to EMS hearing product for children which you can find on Amazon. The sound levels are safely brought down, and the colors and styles make it fun for families.


For older kids, there are an abundant array of earmuffs that your child can pick out in any color or style. Again, this can be found on Amazon.

For adults, foam earplugs can do the trick in a pinch. Dr. Wilson always recommends carrying a pair of foam earplugs with you. Plus if you have a snorer in your room, they can help out there as well! For those who regularly attend spin classes, loud games, concerts or events, Dr. Wilson recommends that you go custom


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!