I’m a musician that suffers from tinnitus. I suffer from constant ringing in my ears on a daily basis. However, I’m not the only one. It’s a very common complaint among musicians.
As a musician, if you’re not careful, you WILL be in the same boat unless you protect your hearing.
Hearing damage and tinnitus can really affect your quality of your personal and professional life. It is something that you can learn to accept, however the most important action is always to limit any further damage.
Hearing is a musician bread and butter. That’s why every musician has to take all the necessary measures to protect their hearing throughout their career.
However, exposing your ears to loud music during rehearsals, gigs and concerts could damage the way you hear and perceive music. Because of that, getting equipped with the best possible earplugs is a must in every environment in which music volume keeps extending 80 dBA for a longer period of time.
In this article, you’ll learn some important points about hearing protection. I also suggest some good earplugs that will keep you safe during exposure to louder sounds.
I personally wear either a set of in-ear monitors while playing gigs or a set of musicians earplugs like below.
Rehearsals, gigs, concerts
Many amateur musicians underestimate the loudness they’re exposed to during gigs. No matter if you’re a musician or just a gig-goer, think how many times you went to bed with a ringing sound in your ears after a gig.
The situation can be just as bad in rehearsal studios. And this is exactly where you could significantly damage your hearing if you don’t protect your ears properly.
Best earplugs for durable protection
When you’re choosing earplugs for your ears, you need to check the ergonomic features of the given set as well as the level of protection they ensure.
By comparing these elements, we’ve chosen the following earplugs as reliable protective agents for various musical contexts.
1) Eargasm High-Fidelity Earplugs
The Eargasm High-Fidelity Earplugs are a wise choice for all sorts of music events. Also, they’ll protect your hearing from noise in everyday life, from your work environment, to public transportation sounds.
The ergonomic requirements are met with the soft silicone material that has hypoallergenic features. Since they fit softly into ears, these earplugs can be worn for a long time without any pain or itching.
The manufacturer has anticipated that people have different ear sizes, as well. That’s why every Eargasm set comes with two different types of shells. These add-ons will help you adjust the thickness of earplugs to your ears. Still, if you have significantly smaller ears, think about getting the smaller version of the Eargasm ear plugs.
As for the sound quality, these plugs provide a high-fidelity sound, just like their name says, by eliminating the noise, only to sharpen the quality sound from the source. Unlike cheap foam plugs, these earplugs won’t hush the music or lower the quality of the sound.
To top it all off, the aluminum case comes with waterproof rubber, so that your earplugs are always protected from dust, moisture and unwanted rubbish.
2) Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs
The Etymotic High-Fidelity Earplugs is a set of reliable and durable hearing-protective plugs that keep your ears safe from noise in different contexts.
From gigs and studio rehearsals to concerts and city noise, you’ll relieve a great deal of hearing stress with these earplugs. Also, you can use this plugs for motor shows or other similar events with strong sudden noises. However, it’s not recommended for high-level sudden noises, such as shooting practices. Musicians who like shooting or hunting should check out these earplug sets for those purposes.
Further, the Etymotic earplugs will provide you with the natural sound, as it’s produced at the source, but reduced for about 20 dBA. As a result, you still hear high-fidelity sound, but it’s adapted to the sensitive interior part of your ears.
As such, it also isolates the sound of your own instrument and makes you hear its fit with other instruments in a much clearer way.
It has the easy-fit design, which ensures that this set of earplugs easily adapts to various ear types and sizes.
3) Earasers Musicians Plugs (Medium)
Earasers Musicians Plugs (Medium) are a reasonable all-round solution for different noise environments.
With more than 40 years of tradition in manufacturing music equipment and top-notch sound features, Earasers suits various ear types.
No matter if you’re a music fan who often goes to concerts, or a musician, this set of earplugs will protect your hearing while retaining the sound quality.
The Earasers earplugs don’t muffle music and keep the sound genuine, as well as reduce the level of harmful noise. This is achieved by filtering out the unnecessary buzz and isolating the pure sound of music.
To cut a long story short, these Earaser plugs ensure a high level of protection and high-fidelity sound, thanks to the special V-filter.
As such, these earplugs help musicians concentrate on the tones they play, as well as to feel them more precisely when played with the rest of the band.
4) Mute Audio M-Series M7
The Mute Audio M-series M7 earplugs keep your hearing safe and ensure that you get top-notch sound quality.
Their high-quality noise filter funnels only the clear tones to your ears and removes all the unwanted noise and unclear frequencies. By doing so, it simultaneously protects your hearing and enhances your music performance. The M-series M7 earplugs are especially popular with session musicians, producers, and DJs, since all these three groups spend a lot of time in noisy environments.
What’s more, these people often have to wear headphones in such surroundings and the M-series M7 are easily placed under the headphones.
As fort the ergonomic features, these earplugs are made of silicone, so they easily adapt to different ear types and shapes.
Also, you can easily maintain them with soap and water, so that they last for a long period of time.
They come with a small, soft case that can be easily stored and barely takes an inch of space.
Day-to-day hearing protection
Apart from music events, sound engineers, producers and musicians need to take good care of their hearing in other situations, as well.
For instance, if you’re passing by a construction site, the level of noise might be unbearable. Similarly, long traffic jams can also leads to honking, revving and other high-intensity sounds that could put your hearing at risk.
Because of that, you should always keep a pair of earplugs with you in everyday situations. I always have a set of earplugs attached in a handy case on my keyring. That way you’ll be able to insulate your hearing from the outer world in case the noise becomes too intensive or threatening to your hearing.
The modern world is polluted with noise. Cars, construction machines, loud music in cafes and in the streets, as well as loud concerts and gigs all pose a threat to our hearing.
We should all make an effort to protect ourselves from such loud sounds. If you’re a musician who makes a living through hearing, it’s essential that you always stay cautious and keep your hearing safe from any potential outside risks.
I hope the advice in this article will make this easier for every musician who reads it.