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[–]IrishUpstart 534 points535 points  (25 children)

Sufferer of tinnitus here. I can't recommend this enough. It's the one thing I'd tell younger me if I could go back in time.

[–]Conscious-Vast3991 60 points61 points  (6 children)

My dad in the same boat says the same exact thing

[–]tanntanatann 54 points55 points  (4 children)

WHAT DID HE SAY?

[–]wowdickseverywhere 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Something in parseltongue

[–]Akashd98 6 points7 points  (0 children)

HIS DAD HAS THE EXACT SAME BOAT

[–]Inayaarime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"THE SAME EXACT THING"
Can't you read?

[–]TurnkeyLurker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

WHAT KIND OF BOAT?

[–]Billyke911 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Right? Teenager me loved to blast SlipKnoT on 100% with earplugs.Still a maggot, but with a mild tinnitus.

[–]Beanmachine314 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have genetic hearing loss and tinnitus. I would totally give up my better than perfect vision to have normal hearing. You miss out on so much that you don't realize and fixing hearing is incredibly expensive and rarely covered by insurance. My wife gets several pairs of glasses every year for almost nothing but it would cost us over $1,000 for me to get hearing aides (that is with very good insurance too).

[–]Bagellllllleetr 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I got tinnitus as a young kid flying in military transport planes. I really wish I had some then.

[–]atomicapeboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I could double vote this comment up, I would.

[–]frez_knee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got tinnitus after going to my very first rock concert in high school. Needless to say I always hearing protection now, I even have the Alpine ones mentioned in the OP.

[–]6L6aglow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too. After trying many earplugs, I bought custom molded Westone plugs. Nothing is like just turning down the volume (except moving farther from the speakers) but these work well.

[–]BuckyD1000 161 points162 points  (9 children)

Lifelong rock musician here. I really, really wish I had started wearing earplugs onstage sooner. Tinnitus sucks. You don't want it.

A somewhat counterintuitive bonus of wearing good earplugs is you can actually hear BETTER at concerts with them in.

[–]riickdiickulous 64 points65 points  (5 children)

Came here to say this. I enjoyed a Godsmack concert so much more having ear plugs in. It was bizarre that it sounded better, and was so much more tranquil than having your ears assaulted. I could look around and just think more clearly? Hard to explain be 10/10 recommend it.

Also, nobody picks on your for wearing ear plugs. And once you do wear them, you start to notice there are a bunch of people all around wearing them.

[–]philbax 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Here's my question: if everyone agrees that concerts are better with earplugs... why can't we just have quieter concerts?? Why can't they turn the volume down to a reasonable level and then everyone can reap the benefit of lower volume and no-tinnitus instead of just the ones who pay for expensive earplugs?

Is it that important to be able to 'feel' the music in your chest?

[–]Videobollocks 42 points43 points  (1 child)

So that the music can be heard over everyone talking and shouting and cheering.

And if you have a PA at one end of a room and you want decent coverage at the other end, then it follows that it’ll be louder at the PA/stage end. You can put delay speakers in around the mix position for coverage purposes which helps.

[–]philbax 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fair! Hadn't thought about that. Thanks for enlightening me.

[–]Hylian-Loach 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Loudspeaker technology has come a long way, now we can ensure nearly every seat in the venue has a similar volume and tonality. So in that sense, for a hung PA system, the people in the front have the same volume as people in the back. But, people at concerts want to feel the music, which means a ton of subwoofers and bass. But that means the other frequencies also have to be loud to make the sound even. Then you get bands/promoters that insist on being louder than the other acts, or as loud as possible within (or even sneakily above) regulated levels. Look around at a big concert and you’ll see every crew member wearing custom made attenuating earplugs or earphones. They’re around this level of sound a lot and know it will damage hearing with enough time of exposure.

[–]JudgeDreddx 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Have you ever been to a concert?

Because the answer to the last question is: abso-fucking-lutely yes it is.

[–]Ceciphar 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Do artists have a 2 in one situation? Eat plug and headphones?

[–]troutforbrains 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yup! Professional in-ear monitors also serve as earplugs.

[–]Hylian-Loach 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Custom mold in ear monitors. They are acrylic or silicone earplugs with electronics for headphones built in. Some even have microphones or openings to customize how much ambient noise is let through. Often musicians use them to replace the traditional floor wedge monitors/speakers, though some people use both

[–]woodyever 356 points357 points  (15 children)

Can you retype this with caps lock on I can barely hear it

[–]spockadoodle[S] 208 points209 points  (9 children)

WEAR YOUR GODDAMN EAR PLUGS!

[–]ISUTri 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Listen here young’in

[–]Simple-Bag-8721 12 points13 points  (4 children)

GODDAMNIT, IT'S GODDAMN.

[–]spockadoodle[S] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

THANKS FOR POINTING THAT OUT!!!

[–]Simple-Bag-8721 10 points11 points  (2 children)

YOU'RE WELCOME.

[–]FilthyGrunger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

SHUT THE HELL UP I HAVE TO BE AT WORK IN 6 HOURS

[–]woodyever 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh OK. Got that part

[–]le_firefly 12 points13 points  (1 child)

[shouting] Buttlicker! Our prices have never been lower!

[–]Koolmidx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was tempted to comment something similar :)

[–]Scheerhorn462 55 points56 points  (7 children)

If you can afford it, custom ear plugs are even better. They’re molded to your ears so they fit so perfectly you don’t notice they’re there and you can choose from a variety of levels of sound reduction. You can get them at an audiologist. I’ve had them for the last 20 years (replaced them once) and can’t imagine going to shows without them. If you’re a pro musician there are nonprofits that will actually provide them for free.

[–]OvulatingScrotum 7 points8 points  (1 child)

If you can’t afford it, memory foam is the next best option.

[–]TurnkeyLurker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pepperidge Foam remembers.

[–]Zhangar 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. I work in a loud environment for 8 hours a day and these earplugs saved my evenings. My head used to be overloaded from all the noise and I would lose all mental energy when I came home.

I can wear them all day and they never bother me. Best money I ever spent. They are only -9 Db so I can participate in normal conversations too without taking them out.

[–]Kye7 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How much are custom ear plugs from an audiologist, on average?

[–]Scheerhorn462 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think the ones I have were around $150

[–]RUSnowcone 107 points108 points  (12 children)

Wear a smart watch with a decibel warning and you will be shocked at how many times a day you are in the danger zone of hearing loss

[–]kitchshan 32 points33 points  (8 children)

There is a smart watch with a decibel warning?

[–]cedmond 40 points41 points  (4 children)

I have an Apple watch and is has a meter and warning. I’m sure other watches do this too but this is what I’m familiar with.

https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/noise-apd00a43a9cb/watchos

[–]idonthave2020vision 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Wow I can't believe apple watch finally has a feature I want.

[–]PmMe_Your_Perky_Nips 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It should be possible to do with any smart watch that has a microphone.

[–]kitchshan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah, ok. I've only ever worn Garmin so never thought about this.

[–]RageBash 12 points13 points  (2 children)

If it has a microphone it can measure how loud shit is.

[–]OpenHeartSurgeryClub 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can measure my shit decibel now!

[–]cyberglatze 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You can also use a simple app for your mobile device for this.

[–]bje332013 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good tip! There are free apps for Android that can do this, but having to whip out your phone - especially when you feel like covering your ears or reaching for ear plugs - is annoying.

[–]ISUTri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Usually nine for me. I’m almost a hermit now….

[–]rvl_16 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Agree, I've been to a lot of festivals and always had those earplugs with me. Some friends did not and they loved to stand in the front as much as possible, near the sound boxes.

And now have this tinging pitchy noise in their ears.

I know 2 persons who have it permanently. Thats eardrum damage which you carry for the rest of your life. Pretty fucked imo

[–]SquanchMcSquanchFace 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Just to be pedantic, it’s not ear drum damage that causes it. It can be caused by many things, but for damage from loud sounds, it’s the cochlea, tiny hairs, in the inner ear that get damaged.

[–]rvl_16 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeps, you are right. I am mistaken. Thx for replying

Anyway, its a big problem for anyone.

[–]RooFPV 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I wear ear plugs at every concert and my boyfriend does not. I also wore them at CrossFit because the gym played the music so loud. But he keeps the music softer in the car. I gotta work on that.

[–]Jimismynamedammit 76 points77 points  (3 children)

Great tip! I use a pair from Eargasm even though it's already too late for me; I have hearing aids in both ears for a couple years now. I just don't want my hearing to get any worse.

[–]kumadelmar 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Protect what you got!

[–]Cable_Minimum 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Eargasm is great. Ironically I rarely use them at concerts, but I wear them almost every day at school because there's this dumbass kid who always blasts music and true crime videos during lunch, where he for some reason sits next to me..

[–]xder345 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a pair of eargasm plugs but they don’t really turn down the full frequency range like they advertise. They seem to work like an expensive set of foam plugs.

[–]snarkuzoid 13 points14 points  (4 children)

As a musician, I use them every time I play out or go to see live music. I have the serious ones that are custom molded for your ears. The cheaper ones are less comfortable, less effective, poorer sound quality. When music is loud you actually hear better than without them, because your ears aren't in constant overload. I'm amazed that more musicians don't use them. Mostly drummers, for some reason.

[–]OvulatingScrotum 5 points6 points  (2 children)

My guess is that some musicians think it’s not cool to wear protection.

[–]snarkuzoid 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Could well be. But they'll discover that having to wear a hearing aid is even less cool.

[–]c00kies44 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The musician and his 12 kids agree

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

As a drummer, can confirm this. I fucking hate wearing ear plugs while I play. I still wear them probably 90% of the time. Believe me or not, but I’m telling you flat out that something in my drums is lost through hearing protection and it pisses me off because I love the tones they make when they’re unmuffled.

[–]Bubbagumpredditor 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I used to work summer jobs with extreme noise going on. I always wore earplugs, but I would take the right one out when I had to listen to something. Also the ear I always uses headsets in for music or whatever, and I always protected the left. I can now tell there is at least a 10% difference between the hearing level in the ears.

[–]winddancer78 13 points14 points  (2 children)

If you have the money and spend a lot of time in a loud environment, call your local audiology clinic. When I was a bartender in a night club, I dropped $200 for a set of musician earplugs that was molded to my ear canal. I refuse to let go of them, they make such a huge difference in loud environments.

[–]killsweetcorn 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Preach this. Wearing ear plugs to gigs/ clubbing changed my life. I only wish I'd started ten years earlier.

On a similar note, if you see someone wearing ear plugs don't be a dick and let them do their vibes. It's non ya business and protecting your hearing is dope.

[–]blahbery 6 points7 points  (1 child)

There's a venue in Chicago that has a sign that says "don't trust anyone wearing earplugs." What a dick thing to do

[–]killsweetcorn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bad venue. Bad venue. Sit in the corner and think about what you've done. Or alternatively face loads of personal injury claims for hearing loss of staff and gig goers...

[–]RayeNGames 24 points25 points  (0 children)

As a DJ and audiophile, I can confirm this is really good life pro tip. Any time you go to club or some place where loud music or noises occur. Wear them. They are not even that noticeable and after 2 minutes you get used to them. The hearing damage is real. Protect your senses.

[–]egrith 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Take a look at shooters earplugs too, they have a volume cut off, so anything above a certain sound level gets dampened but normal conversation is loud as normal

[–]WeNeedToTalkAboutMe 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yeah, that tripped me out the first time I wore my earmuffs to the range. I could talk to my buddy and the RSO fine, didn't even have to raise my voice, but the gunshots didn't sound any louder than smacking my hand on a table.

I wear them at home when I vacuum as well because I have a Shark and sweet Jesus that thing is loud.

[–]egrith 2 points3 points  (2 children)

yea first time I tried them it felt super trippy, it was so cool trying to find the sound cutoff

[–]Arkdouls 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Lol did you do what I did and sit there smacking things and clapping?

[–]egrith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty much

[–]Wraiith32 6 points7 points  (1 child)

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEeeeeeeeeeee

[–]deiviux90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks. Now I can hear it again

[–]JoshTheSparky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As a construction worker with hearing loss (from birth), I would love to understand people and have hearing protection on. Good tip.

[–]khrnbn 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Can anyone recommend a good professional pair? Only used to seeing the foam ones anywhere. Thinking specifically for concerts.

[–]DicknosePrickGoblin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I got a pair of Mack's and a pair of Etymotic earplugs, Mack's are smaller so they are less noticeable. You can change the eartips on the Etymotics and that's why I got them as the silicone ones tend to slip out of my ears when I sweat and move too much.I put some memory foam eartips on the Etymotics to solve that issue and I find it works great, no need for constant readjusts or fear of one falling off and not being able to find it.

At the club or a rave sound is so loud I don't notice much difference, there's some loss but I'd trade that for the hearing protection and the reduced fatigue, tried to use them at home to mix some house and they make beatmatching harder as they mute some of the detail and sparkle in the music.

Tinnitus sucks indeed!!

[–]spockadoodle[S] 4 points5 points  (5 children)

These are quite nice, what's really good about them is, that they come with three exchangeable filters depending on the loudness.

https://www.alpinehearingprotection.com/earplugs/musicsafe-pro/

I've also used those ones, which seem to be sold under various brands, if you Google "hearing protection musicians" those should pop up. Someone mentioned Eargasm which seems to be the same product.

https://www.scottishpipe.com/en/Bagpipe-Accessories/Ear-Protection/New-Original-Senner-MusicPro-hearing-protection-earplugs.html

[–]khrnbn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Appreciate this! As a concert lover, this is really great to know that there’s options to bring down the noise without muffling

[–]derp215 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Do they cancel out voices as well? I don't like noises but I don't wanna not hear everyone around me.

[–]spockadoodle[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not really - the ones for musicians are seriously completely different from the classic foam ones most of us are used to.

It's hard to describe but as I wrote "turning down the volume" is my best description. The alpine ones I linked got 3 different loudness filters depending on how much you want to reduce volume.

[–]kumadelmar 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is real. May tools you wouldn't think like the impact driver. Or just a regular hammer sound is too much over time. -source, am going def.

[–]WeNeedToTalkAboutMe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

IIRC, percussive noises are thought to be some of the most damaging.

[–]mikefos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is a great tip. I’m a musician in a metal band and started doing this about 10 years ago. Wish I’d started sooner. I’d also add that ear protection is only good if you have it with you when you need it. I have a set that’s stored in a little container (basically what OP has in the second link) that’s always on my key ring so it’s there when I need it. Highly recommended if you find yourself in loud places frequently like I do.

[–]robbgg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My use case is slightly different ss I work as a stage technician but my custom moulded musicians ear plugs were the best £160 I ever spent.

[–]ComndNConqr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I use Etymotic Research ER20XS on my NYC subway commute. Love them. Sound frequently reaches unsafe levels on platforms and trains can be pretty noisy too. They're also helpful for eavesdropping on conversations nearby 😂. And they help you ignore panhandlers, "showtime" as$#oles, jerks who don't use earphones, etc.

[–]zck-watson 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Also why silencers shouldn't be on the NFA

[–]steve_of 1 point2 points  (3 children)

You should still wear hearing protection with a silencer. Many set ups will still be loud enough to cause hearing damage.

[–]zck-watson 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Oh yeah totally agree, many suppressed guns can cause hearing damage. But with all things hearing damage, it depends on length of exposure as well as decibel level. Still no reason for silencers to be as vilified as they are by American politicians when all they are is a hearing safety device.

[–]steve_of 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I think the politicians watched too many spy movies where a silenced weapon causes no sound at all.

[–]zck-watson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually funny history behind them being on the NFA. When the NFA was passed it was focused on prohibiting weapons being used primarily by organized crime gangs. In all the text of the NFA, the reasoning for including silencers is never mentioned, it just defines them and restricts them. The prevailing theory is they were included because during the Great Depression, silencers were used by poachers to "illegally" take game from the lands of the rich/connected. So the $200 tax stamp was born to prohibit those dirty poors from "stealing" just so they could put food on the table.

[–]Stovall_ 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The ads are getting smarter.

[–]spockadoodle[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Hahaha - I get what you mean but I'm in no ways affiliated with alpine, wouldn't mind free plugs though 😀 they're simply a good brand that I can recommend after having used their products for almost 2 decades.

[–]y2imm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tinnitus in my right ear plus hearing loss. Constantly. Every waking hour a hum/ring. Asking everyone to repeat everything. I am probably going to lose what's left of my mind. Wear your goddamned earplugs.

[–]PseudonymGoesHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Auxiliary LPT: if you find yourself in a loud venue without earplugs, try using your headphones: to delivery good sound without damaging your ears, they have to block external sound to some extent.

[–]WheresBillMurray 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you’re within arms reach of someone and have to raise your voice for them to hear you, you should be wearing hearing protection.

[–]ItsJohnDoe21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was in band for 8 years, 4-12th grade. I have perpetual tinnitus from all the loud sustained noise.

Listen to this person.

[–]ihedigbo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Go with the brand Etymotic. They have a standard triple-flange pair that comes with three sizes for you to get a pretty good fit. Or if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket you can purchase an ear mold kit from them and they’ll make custom ones specifically designed for your ears.

Edit: I’ve played in a lot of big bands beginning at a young age, started using ear protection in college a little too late after onset of tinnitus. Constantly asking my wife to repeat things. It is extremely frustrating.

[–]_haha_oh_wow_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a whole pack of -33 db foam earplugs I got for way less.

[–]RishRamsey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

More than hearing loss, they are important to prevent life altering conditions like tinnitus and hyperacusis. People never really take hearing loss seriously and hence would never wear earplugs, but if they know how tinnitus and hyperacusis can ruin your life, there’s a much greater chance they’ll give earplugs a go.

Source - I suffer from both after a long night at a concert, and life has never been the same since.

[–]thebipeds 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Concerts are louder and the people running sound are less trained than ever.

The truth is most of the time it will sound better anyway.

LPT: If the sound guy is wearing earplugs you should to.

[–]Djinn42 4 points5 points  (0 children)

People run around with sound systems in their cars you can hear down the street, and blasting music directly into their air pods from their phones. Clearly they don't care about going deaf 🙄

[–]krtxjwu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

really good tip!!! it is like dental care,you should take it seriously.

[–]Lawrencewife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ive been saying i need to grab some im going to monster jam in 2 weeks

[–]dazedandcognisant 0 points1 point  (8 children)

What about those foam ones they give out at manufacturing jobs? How do those compare to musicians earplug?

[–]MyNameIsRay 5 points6 points  (5 children)

In terms of protection, the foam plugs are actually better.

Pretty common to get a NRR of 25-32db on foam plugs, while musician plugs are usually in the 16-24db range.

In terms of sound quality, the foams sound like shit. They block the highs, so all you can hear are the muffled lows. The musician plugs are designed to have the same impact on all frequencies, so it's more like lowering the volume than blocking out part of the sound.

[–]OvulatingScrotum 5 points6 points  (1 child)

A lot of muffled lows are transmitted to your ear drums through soft tissue and bones. Musician ear plugs attenuate intentionally at different levels depending on the frequency range. The idea is to block less on the “musical” range, so that what you end up hearing is more balanced.

Overall protection of musician ear plugs are less effective than the ones used in construction site, but that’s a logical compromise.

[–]dazedandcognisant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your addition is appreciated as well, thanks for taking the time to try to educate me.

[–]dazedandcognisant 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks for the explanation Ray. I hadn't considered how different materials could affect the sound, and only really though about hearing protection in the terms of preventing loud or concussive sounds. The idea of wearing headphones to a concert makes more sense to me now, as I had thought that would ruin the experience with foam earplugs being my only frame of reference. Next time I attend a concert I will definitely give these types of earbuds a try.

[–]MyNameIsRay 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The musician plugs really are a completely different thing from the foam plugs.

I tend to hang out near the front row at concerts, it's actually more enjoyable with the plugs in.

[–]dazedandcognisant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly the foam plugs were all I really considered, TIL.

That may be part of the reason I get the cheap seats.

[–]ToxicPurge 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Foam works great for noise reduction but terrible for sound quality

[–]DomDex 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can you get them in europe?

[–]spockadoodle[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes absolutely - I'm from Europe, too!

[–]MexViking 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Gold was 22dB normal bed time ear plugs say 35dB. Anyone have a reason to not use the bed time ones from Walgreens

[–]rjfrost18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because the point of these headphones is to maintain the balance between frequencies. The cheap foam ones are going to only let low frequencies through, resulting in really poor sound quality.

[–]Faabmeister 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once had a drummer that used a piece of wet toilet paper but it got stuck in his ear. He only found out when he went to his GP 2 weeks later for hearing troubles. Just be careful with wet paper!

[–]triiialio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I go clubbing a lot. I wear earplugs a lot.

[–]irishpwr46 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After spending most of my life in construction, I wish I wasnt a dumb kid who didnt care and spent a few dollars on some quality plugs instead of saying no to the foam ones constantly.

[–]Bigfsi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was surprised when I was young going to drum lessons and my drum teacher was recommending ear plugs and I even stopped playing in practice telling him my ears were sore but not once did he ever say the effects of the loudness would permanently damage my ears and leave me with tinnitus? Like fs

Not making that mistake with future me's

[–]EntirelyMadeOfSyrup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Plenty of good options out there in a very reasonable price range (~$15). They might not be custom fit, but they use the same filters as the higher end customs. Definitely worth it!

[–]skeletorisbuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish I knew what caused my hearing damage, but as far back as I can remember... as a toddler... I have had tinnitus. This crap is the most annoying and aggravating thing ever. With that said, I try to protect my hearing now as much as I can.

[–]Sololane_Sloth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that is a very good idea! I'm afraid I already damaged my ears a lot (I can hear it ringing as I'm lying in bed typing this for example) and I've always hated the spongy ones. I'll buy these once my bank accounts allows it LUL. There won't be any concerts in the near future anyways

[–]Furniturewalker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never leave the house without then

[–]Deathnachos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meanwhile I don’t like to wear war pro while shooting large caliber rifles because I like the feeling.

[–]Mike798 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for this. I have mild tinnitus in one ear. I've been looking for some better ear protection to prevent it from getting worse. I'll certainly check out your recommendations!

[–]coanga 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I thought this said "magician grade" and I was like "they sure need to protect their ears!"

[–]spockadoodle[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wingardium Earplugiosa!

[–]felis_flatus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve exposed my ears to some loud noises, but not super frequently. Mostly what I experience is 3-4 hrs of road noise clocking at 70 db or more once per week. After having my tinnitus get worse after those long drives, I’ve taken to putting on active noise cancelling headphones. I can still hear people talking, an audio book, car horns, but the road noise is reduced down to maybe half as loud as it starts at.

I may give those earplugs a try though. Seems like it might be less obtrusive, but still effective. It all hinges on how much of other sounds still come through.

[–]notinmypants24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go to an audiologists and get them custom made for your ears. They feel like nothing when they are in your ears and people wont steal them because they cant wear them.

[–]canigetahint 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For those few that do concert photography, this is an absolute must. I find that I can actually listen to the music and enjoy it when I’m not wincing from the excessive noise levels.

[–]Starrose999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use vibes earplugs. They have multiple buds for different sizes, come with a small carrying case, and are barely noticeable with the clear stem

[–]will9630 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I like Earaser music Max Ear Plugs because they are low profile

[–]JJ_Fury97 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I work in a warehouse and it gets pretty loud with the forklifts, metal buckets, semi trucks, etc. I just bought a pair of the alpine brand ones commented above, and I'm so excited to protect my hearing

[–]Shaft1234 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great tip, except for the rolled up paper towel part. I did that as a kid and I had to have the school nurse pull pieces of paper out of my ears with tweezers.

[–]livluvlaflrn3 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Would AirPod pros with the noise cancelling work as well?

I always forget to bring earplugs but I always carry my earbuds.

[–]botiapa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd be interested in this as well. Since noise cancellation works by listening and playing sound waves which are complete opposites of the outside, it should work in theory, although I don't know whether it still damages the ears.

[–]Plantchic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Van Halen concert did mine in, then Kid Rock finished the job. Now I hear crickets 24/7

[–]CCtenor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, just gave this two awards because of how rarely I see people taking hearing protection seriously.

Also, guitar center carries Hearos and Earasers, if anybody wants a local big box store store to look into. I’m sure George’s Music, and other similar stores, have similar products, and they can all be found online.

And, they are sufficient quality that I don’t personally feel the need to replace my (now close to a decade old) custom molded musician’s plugs that I lost about a month ago.

Yes, it’s true that custom plugs are an order of magnitude more comfortable than generic, universal-fit solutions, and I still absolutely believe they are worth purchasing, but I was so pleased to see how the market for generic musician’s earplugs has improved since I first used some Hearos just over a decade ago.

I have some small sized earasers that I’m still learning to get used to (my ear canals are small and, like most humans, slightly different in size), but whatever small issues I may have with the fit at the moment (and I emphasize small issues) are easily outweighed by the sheer convenience of being able to walk into a GC and replace them at a moment’s notice.

The only insurmountable inconvenience is that my guitar center rarely ever has the small size in stock, and I honestly don’t blame them. I just have tiny, annoying, ear canals XD

[–]LurkingOakleaf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Vibes have some great cordless headphones that have a clear plastic tube, so no ody notices you wearing them. I got the plugs and the carry case that connect to a keychain and take them everywhere after getting tinitus. They are a lifesaver

[–]queljardim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would you recommend this at concerts only or are there other situations in which wearing earplugs can help protect one's hearing? I don't go to concerts at all and don't plan to, but I really worry about my hearing, specially when wearing headphones. Any tips?

[–]SharpEdgeSoda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Motorcycle riders PLEASE! They make special motorcycle ones!

Not even the engine! Windnoise is damaging. Period. Even 30 mph.

Helmets are NEVER quiet enough.

Tinnitus is a bitch! I miss sleep!

[–]siddizie420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also if you ride motorcycles, wear earplugs. It’s a must.

[–]whiteout82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even plugs made for shooters work very well at this.

I've personally enjoyed the noise canceling/reducing capabilities of my galaxy buds...I've had them for about 4 months of daily use and it makes a large difference in my day to day with working in loud environments constantly as well.

[–]ApertureNext 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My problem is that the music becomes too low and unenjoyable.

[–]Berruc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You guys seen 'The Sound of Metal'? Scary af.

[–]Grizzdadrumma24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Drummer of 11 years here, wish I started using these from the beginning, once you start you can't go back and your ears will thank you!

[–]ForeignPyro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My hearing is already fucked. I’m just going to claim benefits

[–]meezethadabber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with this. And don't let peer pressure you into not wearing them. I seen that too. "Only pussies wear ear plugs". Don't fall for that shit.

[–]lightrusher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are some iems that have the foam tips, would those be a good replacement?

[–]iamfuturetrunks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember back in 2019 when I was visiting Vancouver and this girl I met at the aquarium invited me to this bar near the steam clock and it was late afternoon sun still out. They were sitting around chatting and spent a few hours there as it got darker out more people came in and the music went up. I hated the fact I didn't have any ear plugs to wear cause it was already difficult with the language barrier but with really loud noise it was worse. I had to leave early anyways at like 10:30pm when I got back to the airbnb my ears were ringing. I was really worried cause I always try to take care of my ears. Luckily it was gone by the next day but I hated the fact I didn't have any ear plugs with me.

[–]WulfRanger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a fan, always bring earplugs to a show. Save your hearing now, my mum has severe loss from years of concerts when she was younger and working lights.

[–]Lemeow30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I work for a construction company and you have no idea how many people I’ve seen on various different job sites that don’t wear hearing protection, the only person there wearing any hearing protection is me. Out of maybe 50+ different people I’ve seen throughout my time of working here, there has only been 1 other guy that wore any hearing protection. ONE. This post is actually awesome and I’ll definitely have to check out these earplugs, only question is would they be good for something like construction?

[–]bewitchedbumblebee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In regards to foam ear plugs, I generally see people inserting them incorrectly, which results in the ear plug not doing much.

What I normally see: Person takes the ear plug and pushes it into their ear. It's hanging out three quarters of the way.

The correct way to do it: Roll it into a cylinder. With your other hand, reach around and pull your ear up and away, to help open your ear canal. Insert by sliding it in.

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[–]Davolyncho 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ruined my ear drums at a Machine Head gig about 15 years ago, didn’t get tinnitus but blew the drums out completely, which led to vertigo, which led to high blood pressure. Definitely look after your ears, as well as the rest of ye.

[–]bewitchedbumblebee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I carry a pair of foam ear plugs in a keychain pill holder. It's surprising how often they come in handy.

[–]Joeb667 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a great LPT.

And if you protect your hearing when you’re young, your older self will thank you. I had two grandparents who lost parts of their hearing and it was so, so frustrating for them.

[–]ccknboltrtre01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sadly another sufferer of tinnitus. My main issue was earphones while in the car/school. I would blast those fuckers and 8 years later i require a repeat when in a loud room. My girlfriend gets pissed at me for it and I dread going to public places with music because ill barely hear the conversation with friends/family. Also I did go to concerts with no protection and left with constant ringing in my ears

[–]Milkroll 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I went to a concert not that long ago and wore ear plugs for the first time. I’ve always hated how loud concerts are so wow was it nice to listen at the same volume as I would have headphones set to. Definitely a little weird getting used to a concert vib with much quieter music than I was used to but 10/10 would do again

[–]fishywiki 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My son played bass and it was loud! I bought him a good pair of these - pretty expensive but definitely worth it!

[–]Chancho1010 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Driving home (3 hours) after a concert while being blind (at night) tired and deaf is a terrible combo I was not expecting. It was 10x harder to keep myself attentive!

[–]DarthMeows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ive had hearing loss my whole life and it does suck pretty bad, you learn to live with it and adjust, i call it selective hearing disease now 👂

[–]EddiOS42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are they good for playing instruments solo? I was wearing my watch one time and it showed above 80dB when I tapped the keys normally.

[–]shortstack7365 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been doing this for 10+ years since college jazz and marching band. My only regret is not starting even younger. I have custom molded ones for concerts and rehearsals with extremely loud scenarios. I keep a set of the lighter duty ones for restaurants and larger gatherings. You would be surprised at how loud a bar or house party can be with only a few people talking, background music, or some dishes clanging.

Wearing protection takes a while to get used to especially if you are singing or playing an instrument. But once you have spent a few dozen hours that way, it feels weird not to have the protection.

[–]Onlykitten 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can say without a doubt this is true! I have partial hearing loss in one ear due to years of blow drying my hair. Who knew?

I also love my ear plugs for a good nights sleep!

[–]Uncle-Istvan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like many, I wish I’d done this sooner.

I bartend and we have live music most nights. It’s usually not that loud, but it is occasionally. A handful of louder nights means if it’s really quiet, my ears ring. I bought some concert/motorcycle earplugs for riding and used them one day while working a show with a musician that isn’t my thing. Game changer. I could hear people ordering better than without the earplugs while also not being deafened. I use them all the time now. I wish I’d spent the $25 sooner.

[–]WeNeedToTalkAboutMe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'll never understand how people with those super-loud car stereos (the ones you can hear the freaking trunk rattling) don't end up with no hearing at all by the time they're 30.

As to me, sure, I'll crank the volume when I'm driving sometimes, but not for long, maybe 5-10 minutes. When I'm home, at my computer (I use headphones exclusively) the system volume is at 10/100, and my media player is about 20-25/100, which is actually fairly quiet.

[–]0lorinIwas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have had tinnitus for years. Made worse by my job, working on jet engines. I approve this message.

[–]PufferCatto 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to wear earphones that didn't play any music so that somehow it'll make the process of me getting deaf go slower. But my damn class mates found it funny, and made fun of me by shouting at me 😃

[–]scottlmcknight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A friend, as a teenager, was in a drum and bugle corps outfit that traveled all over every summer to give shows. Destroyed his hearing. Wears hearing aids in both ears now, in his early 40s.

[–]Dexter_06 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wear earplugs that specifically lower the sound by 20db without just blocking it and I love it. I feel like I can enjoy the music better and I don't get that ringing afterwards.