What are the best musicians ear plugs

Hearing protection for musicians: good sound and optimal protection

EarRockers

Our best for musicians: A sound-optimized filter ensures optimal sound. Ventilation prevents the dreaded locking effect. A special highlight: the earplugs can be expanded with additional filters. A perfect hearing protection for musicians.

PureFilters

This music hearing protection is transparent through and through and therefore inconspicuous. The three soft lamellae adapt to the shape of the ear canal. A music filter adjusts the sound and prevents a feeling of closure.

Sonic Defenders EP3

When open, the filter is moderately insulating, and when the noise barrier is closed, it is even highly insulating. This reusable hearing protection has an otoplastic holder for the auricle. Great when the stage is high.

UltraTech

Musicians' hearing protection with a large volume filter. The filter body ensures a particularly balanced sound. The soft lamellas sit comfortably in the ear. Great hearing protection for musicians.

Alpine MusicSafe Pro

Music filters in this hearing protection enable optimal sound. The soft lamellae ensure a comfortable fit in the ear over the long term.

BlackMax

If your preference is for foam hearing protection, then you should give the BlackMax a try. Not only because they look cool, but also because they are very soft and have a high level of insulation.

These hearing protectors are suitable for making and listening to music.

The greatest asset of a musician, besides his talent, is his hearing. Only with a good sense of hearing can you play the instruments correctly and grasp the subtleties in the sound. Reason enough to protect the sensitive sense of hearing. There are hearing protectors for musicians that not only reduce the volume, but also preserve the sound.

Attention festival organizers & advertising agencies: Here you will find the inexpensive festival bulk packs and here you will find hearing protection with your logo.

 

 

 

 

Background information for musicians

Who does not know that?

"Rehearsal over, concert over, gig over - you leave the stage, the rehearsal room and have a hideous ringing in your ears."

"It happens to everyone, it will pass right away!" you often hear from those affected.

What happened?

If sound levels are louder than 90 decibels, they damage the human inner ear after prolonged exposure. If such damage occurs, the ear reports with a whistling or hissing noise, the so-called tinnitus.

How does hearing work?

So-called hair sensory cells are located in the human inner ear. They are responsible for converting and transmitting the sound impressions to the brain. Hair cells cannot distinguish whether music or explosion noise arrives in the ear and therefore react sensitively to everything in the same way. You can find a detailed explanation of how the ear works here:

Rock band = jackhammer?

While the ear makes no difference, people are picky when it comes to consuming loud levels: at a rock gig on stage, the levels can quickly reach 120 decibels and more. The mood, the audience, the tension and the music that you make because you enjoy it, ensure that musicians still feel comfortable even at 130 decibels.
For comparison: A jackhammer becomes uncomfortable at 110 decibels, and at 100 decibels we flee from passing trucks.

What exactly is happening in the ear?

If you look at a sound attack under the microscope, you can see that the highly sensitive hair cells of the inner ear collapse or fail when exposed to sound. Such damage always occurs when sound hits the ear in high doses over a long period of time or in extremely high doses for a short time.

When do ears recover?

Contrary to popular belief, the damaged ears never recover. Damage to the hair sensory cells cannot be repaired, and the associated hearing loss is permanent. The effects are significant. Affected people...

  • hear quieter
  • hear distorted
  • understand language less well
  • are more affected by noise when listening
  • are significantly more sensitive to noise than people with normal hearing.

Incidentally, it is a fairy tale that you can get your hearing used to high volumes. Nature did not plan to get used to high volumes.

How long can the ear be exposed to sound?

There are studies that show the weekly exposure time after which the hearing is damaged. The graphic shows which level doses normal hearing, unprotected, healthy hearing can tolerate each week. Every musician who moves in rehearsal rooms with 120 decibels and more will quickly recognize that he cannot get there with these times.

You can find more on the subject of "volume" and "noise" in the hearing protection guide:

Interesting for musicians: Did you know that brass instruments can generate sound pressure levels of over 120 decibels? It is not uncommon for a choir to sing above 90 decibels and even violins easily pass the 100 decibel limit. Anyone looking for more information on the volume levels of individual instruments will find what they are looking for at the Wittstock noise consultancy.

Only three minutes of music a week?

Don't panic, there are ways to protect your hearing effectively and thus to extend the exposure times. Ear protection plugs (plugs) significantly reduce the exposure time to noise and high volumes. They vary in their attenuation between 15 and 40 decibels, depending on what is to be attenuated and how.

Which hearing protection can I use?

There are three basic approaches to hearing protection for musicians:

The difference is in the details. The individual types of hearing protection can be characterized as follows:

  • Prefabricated plugs seal the ear by adapting to the contour of the ear and holding the ear tight with light pressure.
  • Custom-made hearing protection for musicians is custom-made and sits pressure-free and almost imperceptibly in the ear canal. However, since the ear changes, it has to be replaced more often.
  • In-ear monitoring seals the ear and guides the monitor sound directly into the ear. This means that the volume is significantly lower and the monitor noise on the stage is noticeably reduced.

Individual hearing protection is recommended for people who wear their hearing protection e.g. for work from morning to evening. However, the comparatively high costs must be taken into account for this variant. Prefabricated filter hearing protectors are a good price-performance alternative.

What about the sound?

The biggest fear of musicians is that hearing protection will break the sound. This only applies to simple foam plugs. Although these dampen very strongly, they also "dampen". High frequencies are taken away more than the lows. The effect: everything sounds like it is wrapped in cotton wool, the sound becomes dull and hollow.

What can be done to keep the sound?

Pronounced musicians' hearing protectors usually have a filter system, which ensures that the volume drops, but the sound remains the same. Comparable to the volume control on the stereo system: you turn - and it gets quieter, but not duller.
Filters have another advantage: they ventilate the ear and thus avoid feeling closed with a plug. Incidentally, we have brought the insulation behavior of hearing protectors into a clear form: we call it "sonicgrams". Here are the sonicgrams for most hearing protectors at a glance.

Names! What do I have to ask for?

Here, too, you have to differentiate: Products with the name "EarRockers", "PureFilters" or "MusicSafe" are particularly suitable as prefabricated hearing protection for musicians. These plugs have particularly soft membranes (comfortable fit!) And filter systems that make them great hi-fi hearing protection. And: These hearing protectors are immediately available in the shop. With an investment of around 15-20 euros, you get a good-sounding protection system. Two products should be emphasized among the individually manufactured systems: "Elacin ER09 / ER15 / ER25" and "Jrenum linear". "Elacin" has an exchangeable filter, the filters "ER15 and ER25" are almost linear and have different levels of attenuation.

What does the fun cost?

Divided roughly into price ranges, you can say:

  • The simplest earplugs are available for just a few cents.
  • High-quality hearing protection for musicians with a filter system is available as prefabricated plugs from just under 20 euros per pair.
  • Custom-made systems in the hi-fi sector start at a little over 150 euros per pair.
  • Professional monitoring is available from 240 euros.

Where can I get hearing protection?

Online information on the subject of hearing protection with ordering options is available here in the SonicShop hearing protection shop.
A list of specialists in custom-made hearing protection can be found here.

How do I find out if I can still hear normally?

The fastest option: the hearing test on the Internet. We have put together various options here.
The most exact options:

  • Hearing test at the hearing aid acoustician (the acousticians usually test your hearing free of charge). Here you can find some professionals in the field.
  • Hearing test at the ear, nose and throat doctor (who also has the medical equipment to look for the cause of the hearing loss)

What else is there on the web?