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bmeredith

USA

Happiness is a warm tube amp
Oct 7th, 2016 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got some that work TOO well (from Etymotic Research Inc.). They are supposedly made for musicians, but they attenuate so much that I can't hear what the other guys are playing.

Are there any that work well without having to go the custom route?

5Strats
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Oct 7th, 2016 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The earplugs I have were fitted by an audiologist. These plugs have music filters.

I bought some new music filters for my plugs recently, but haven't tried them out yet. They're supposed to let a bit more sound in with higher fidelity.

I should try these at band practice tomorrow.

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Oct 9th, 2016 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been very happy with DUBS. Reduces 12 dB of sound but not specifically high end frequencies. Took a chance for $20 and they work, AND they don't hurt after wearing them for 3 hours.

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Oct 9th, 2016 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the audiologist fitted plugs also. The custom plugs came with 15 and 25 dB interchangeable filters. A noticeable difference in sound between the standard store bought plugs and custom fitted.

Playing with a heavy handed drummer seems to drive the stage volume up so they're a necessary evil for me.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Oct 9th, 2016 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the fitted earplugs when working with a sound person that cannot support our IEMs and using floor monitors. I use 15db filters.

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Oct 9th, 2016 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I use earplugs I use the little foam things with the small plastic tube in them. This is what my audiologist uses when they give me a hearing test. When I first saw them I thought "man, these would work great for a gig". He gave me a handful of them and they really cut down on the volume but allow me to hear the other guys and my own amp.

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Oct 9th, 2016 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hearos are widely available and work well so long as you insert 'em the correct way.

Roll-up disposable plugs work great too.

Unless you regularly need 'em, pro-fit plugs are a bit too expensive. Disposables are great and really cheep.

rockdoc11

USA

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Oct 9th, 2016 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have the audiologist fitted plugs also. The custom plugs came with 15 and 25 dB interchangeable filters. A noticeable difference in sound between the standard store bought plugs and custom fitted."

I'm with Sharpie, and have been using custom fitted plugs (made much like an in-the-ear hearing aid) with changeable filters for almost 20 years now. I usually find the 15 dB reduction adequate, though I have used 25 dB reduction in the past.

I've found these plugs to be arguably my best music purchase ever. the reason they're worth it is that, unlike most off the shelf units, these custom plugs attenuate all frequencies roughly equally.

Foam plugs and the like attenuate the highs much more than the lows, so everything is muffled.

With the custom plugs, the overall band sound sounds about the same, only less loud.

All of course IMHO, YMMV, etc.

bmeredith

USA

Happiness is a warm tube amp
Oct 10th, 2016 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys! I made an appointment to see an audiologist this week for a fitting for some custom jobbies.

cisco

Show Low, Arizona

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Oct 10th, 2016 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been using the custom fitted plugs with the 15db plugs for many years and love them. They take about 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the reduction of sound and eventually you forget you have them in.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Oct 10th, 2016 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is there a brand name on the ear plugs that you are having fitted by your hearing doctor? So if I asked for them, the doctor would know what I'm asking about.
Thanks, and what a great idea!

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Oct 10th, 2016 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My hearing loss is bad enough to warrant hearing aids, based on the hearing test I took earlier this year. My left ear is the worst off.

I never used hearing protection back when I was a fulltime professional musician playing rock bands several nights a week.

I've been using earplugs consistently for live gigs and when going to loud concerts over the past 8 years or so.

bmeredith

USA

Happiness is a warm tube amp
Oct 10th, 2016 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll let you know Cal-Woody. I just called a local place and asked if they fitted musician's earplugs. They said they did, so I just made an appointment. I haven't gotten into specifics or brand-names yet.

My main objective is to protect against the onset of worsening tinnitus. I have it a little bit in my left ear and want to avoid it getting any worse.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Oct 10th, 2016 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks so much for any information you can gather.

When my drummer pops the snare, my ears hurt for a few minutes to maybe an hour.

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Oct 10th, 2016 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The changeable attenuator, custom-made ear plugs I have are the BEST $150.00 I've EVER spent on music gear.

Bar none. I use them at practice, at gigs, and at concerts. I typically use the 15db attenuators, but for really loud concerts I'll put in the 25db's.

If you value your hearing, and don't want all the high frequencies filtered out I HIGHLY recommend them. I've tried Hearos, the foam things and quite a few others, but the custom ones beat them all by MILES. You can still hear *everything*, it's just quieter.

Mine were made by Sensaphonics I think, but there are several other makers. The prices for all of them are pretty comparable, but make sure you get the softer variety (silicone, I think). The first set I had hardened after two or three years. The ones I have now I've had for nearly 10 years and they are nearly ready to be replaced, but from actual wear this time...lol

(This message was last edited by kego at 10:45 PM, Oct 10th, 2016)

bmeredith

USA

Happiness is a warm tube amp
Oct 14th, 2016 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cal-Woody: The doctor that I saw recommended Westone, so that's what I went with.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Oct 16th, 2016 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine are Westone as well.

cisco

Show Low, Arizona

Bottom Sucker
Oct 17th, 2016 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine are Westone.

Sharkie
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Oct 22nd, 2016 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Etymotic user here.

Custom Fit Plugs

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Kwall
Nov 1st, 2016 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a pair of Westone but haven't been able to "warm up" to them yet. The other guitar player in my band is a Professor of Audiology at a local college and encouraged me to get tested (luckily I passed with 99.9% flying colors) and a pair of molded ear protection. But as I said, they just block more sound than I'm comfortable with even with the "lightest" attenuators which I think are 9db . But I'm going to soon give them another go and see how they do. He suggested putting them in 15-30 min before the music starts to get acclimated to them....we'll see.

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