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Most of us do not think about our hearing when it comes to going out to various music events, but let us not forget that the bigger the production, the louder and more strenuous the sound is on our ears. Sometimes you don’t even notice how loud a place is until you step away and have a foggy ringing in your ears for the next few hours. Hell, I was having such a hard time catching something someone next to me says that I went to a eyes, nose and ear doctor, just to make sure I was okay. Luckily, he said I had dog-like hearing and suffered from selective hearing (LOL! to the hubs).
Now I am more cautious since I plan on working in music for as long as I can breath and spent some time looking into affordable ear plugs that allowed me to still enjoy the music I listened to without taking away from the sound quality like generic foam plugs. Note that no consumer level ear plug can compare to that of a professional grade custom made musicians ear plugs, but then again who has got $100+ lying around?
Etymotic have a wide selection of consumer level and professional grade ear plugs available and were kind enough to send me a pair of their ER20XS ear plugs that retail at $19.95 (on their website) to try out and for the last year and half these are all I have been using. I have very awkward ear-holes so I generally have to have small sized plugs to fit into my ears. They worked well at keeping down the dB, but still allowed me to hear the bass and different channels of instrumentation. They also come with a string that joins the two plugs (for loss prevention) and a cute little key chain case (which I have used to harbor my stash more than my earplugs, but shh!).
This article was first published on Magnetic Magazine.
Source: Interview: Etymotic Specialists Talk About the Importance of Protecting Your Hearing At Music Events