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Dan Lasley
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As told a while back, I have tinnitus from a blast of distorted PA noise. Since that happened, I've been pretty consistent in wearing earplugs. Recently, I was at a concert that was loud but clean, and I realized that my cheap industrial earplugs were annoying, and I wanted better. Anyone ever use earplugs intended for musicians?

One store:
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/nasopl.html

My tinnitus article:
https://www.guitarnoise.com/lesson/hearing-protection/


   
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dogbite
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from what I have read and was confirmed by actual users...
ear plugs that cost under 100 dollars are not worth it.
same as cotton or off the shelf soft plugs that workers use.

I don't use any. I have a constant whooshing sound I live with.
I can't afford high end plugs and the cheapies just muffle.
I keep loud volume exporsure to a minimum now.

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Ricochet
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My problem with ear plugs is that my ears tend to clog up with wax anyway. Plugs pack it right down against my eardrums.

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Nick Torres
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I use the ER-20 and find them both comfy and non-muffling while providing a good level of reduction.


   
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I have a pair of Norton ear plugs that I used to use for shooting. They have a mechanism inside that allows normal volumes, but reduces loud noises. My wife also has a pair (she used to have to go along to the shooting club). I paid about £10-12, but that was quite some time ago.

They're apparently now called North Sonic Valves - and you can get them from Sam Ash http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_Sonic%20Ear%20Valvs%20Ear%20Plugs_-1_10052_10002_-49971746?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Ear%20Plugs-_-Sonic%20Ear%20Valvs%20Ear%20Plugs-_-NSON14314

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Ricochet
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Back in the mid '60s those were Lee Sonic Ear Valves.

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TRGuitar
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I think mine were called "Sonic Filters". Same idea though. I don't wear them, I just keep the volume reasonable as much as possible. If we ever get together with a drummer though, i might change my habbits. Drums are loud.

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Dan Lasley
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I think mine were called "Sonic Filters". Same idea though. I don't wear them, I just keep the volume reasonable as much as possible. If we ever get together with a drummer though, i might change my habbits. Drums are loud.

Drums are often loud, but the real culprit is that they encourage guitarists to get even louder.


   
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Drums are often loud, but the real culprit is that they encourage guitarists to get even louder.

*Wonders why I always seem to end up next to the drummer's cymbals...

I don't use earplugs. But I do use my headphones - the noise cancelling in-ear style. For less than $100, they tend to do the job pretty well, rolling off the highs a little and generally lowering the overall noise assaulting one's ears. I want to get some fitted ones as soon as I can spare the cash. I've got details of the ones I'm looking to get written down somewhere, so I'll post them in a bit. I'm going for ones that are designed as in-ear monitors, but can also be used unplugged (like my headphones) to reduce noise. If you can pprotect your ears and ensure a better mix for yourself, that's gotta be good, right?

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You're supposed to protect your ears? :mrgreen:
(just kidding)

I'm going to do some sort of fitted ones when my outer ear cannal stops being swollen. Have not really looked into them yet other than to know that when my ear gets stable, I can get fitted for those and some other cover/seal thingie that'll let me swim.

I do get the weirdest looks when I wear my regular 'ol muffling ones in the guitar stores. I always, ALWAYS have people come up to me saying "wow, that's a good idea!" DUH! You think?!? EDIT: That, and when they come up to me, I have to take one of them out to hear what useless drabble is going to fester from their pie-holes. Thanks!

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Dan Lasley
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I use the ER-20 and find them both comfy and non-muffling while providing a good level of reduction.

Ordered a pack - I'll let you know how they work for ma.


   
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Have the ER-20s as well. Was curious what it would be like to take the edge off because I like to playpractice loud. I just do home playing, no gigs or clubs or drumsets to contend with.

Turns out they muffle too much. It's not that they don't work. Seems it takes about "20db off all frequencies" just like it says they do. The clarity is still pretty good. But I'm not in a noisy club with a drummer 10 feet away.

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Ricochet
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You know, Roy, "The Festering Pie Holes" could be a pretty good band name.

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+1

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I use Etymotic ER15s or 25s, the kind that are custom molded to your ear.

The Norton earplugs made for shooting guns do not work. They reduce sharp impacts but are worthless for continued loud volumes.

The Westone Etymotic Musician's Earplugs http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/erme.aspx have almost a flat attenuation, that means you don't lose the high frequencies.

They are comfortable, and since they are molded to your ears, they don't allow leakage.

I bring a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter to the gig: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103667

Set it on "A" weighting and "Slow" response, and use either the ER15s or ER25s - whichever brings the level hitting my eardrums to 85db or less. Any more that that will damage your ears.

The custom fit etymotic earplugs may be more expensive than the OTC plugs, but look at it this way, your hearing is priceless - and to this date, they cannot reverse the damage done.

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