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I am a concert photographer and have been using these for over a year. Never go anywhere loud without them. Even standing next to the speakers I don’t feel any discomfort in my ears.
She didn't gave me a time frame.
Is it possible to have hearing damage if the audiogram is all good?
Yes I bought these, but it's only 18 dB SNL and I don't know if it will be sufficient to protect my ears. What do you think?
Alice In Chains are phenomenal live. I’ve seen them three times in the past 10 years, and they always impress the hell out of me.
Always wear earplugs. These are my brand of choice
Glasto would be boring without the mud :)
Yeah I need to be stricter about wearing my earplugs, i've got , it's not worth the stress and sleepless nights if it goes wrong.
I've got these and they seem to do the job nicely.
It was only a few minutes where the music was very loud and now I have to suffer for days. Well I hope it's only a few days anyway.
Earplugs! There have been a few recommended in this thread. Surprisingly I didn't know that these sort of earplugs don't actually muffle sound, but just lower it.
I just ordered one myself as per the recommendation. If you want I can let you know how it sounds when I get it. I say it's a small price to pay and a smart investment towards a healthier life.
Those earplugs are really interesting, never heard of them, I was using for pratice these which I had from when I played drums. The other answer sugested using mutes, what are your thoughts on them?
I've been using the Alpine Musicsafe Classic for the past 6 years or so, and they've never fallen out for me. Much more comfortable than the Etymotic ER 20's I was using previously.
The trick in getting a secure fit is pulling the top of your outer ear to open up the ear canal, then doing a slight twisting motion when inserting.
Looks like those are a good recommendation. I've just picked up a pair. Link for the Canadians
If you want affordable, then look on amazon for musician ear plugs. You'll find a bunch of them for 10 to 20 and they often come with multiple attention levels (how much quieter). For example something like this
Rock and heavy you want 20-25db attenuation really (that tends to be the most). 15db for lighter stuff is reasnoble, but wouldn't go much below tha / something you can experiment with.
These do a good job and certainly significantly better than nothing.
Then for 100-200ish you can get inner ear molded ones. These are custom fit to your ears and have better attenuation.
They basically dont protect your ears better (unles you have a real weird shape) but they are more comfortable and the big benefit is in the filters that attenuate the sound, good ones have a much flatter attenuation -> natural sound rather than cheap ones that cut the highs more and let in muddy lows.
So for a musician, getting a good set is definitly recommended, but really its not essential. Good ones will likely last longer as well.
Would 100% recommend them + getting the best you can get, also going to gigs. I've picked up some ear damage from this and it was completely unnecessary / avoidable.
In fact I carry a set of the cheap set with at all times incase I need them and I have a decent set as well for normal use.
Holy crap yes. I do well enough at overriding my natural tendency to run and hide so that isn't a problem for me. But I work in audio so everyone around me has serious hearing loss and my ears are worth money. I refuse to deal with literal pain for no reason so I wear musicians earplugs almost daily as situations call for it. They drop audio levels evenly so everything sounds exactly the same, just a little quieter.
Well, I think they say that because it muffles out the highs. I totally use them to sleep and they are only $13. I got these 2 years ago and they worked very well, and its nice that they have the different levels of protection. But they case they come with sucks and I ended up losing them. I prefer the downbeats because they are more comfortable to sleep in.
Festivals are great because you can zone to the music out in nature. Plus you have a lot of room out of the crowd to do your raging/relaxing. That's my favorite part about festivals; meeting people who are just chilling around in the back and enjoying it in a very relaxed manner.
EDIT: Earplugs are a great idea for not only keeping your ears safe (yes, even at a festival), but also if you want to get more up in the crowd where people yell and talk a lot more. For me, there's something about dampening all that volume that eases my body. There are numerous other benefits to earplugs. They cancel out frequencies too high that cause screeching ni our ears, so music can sound a lot better with the right earplugs.
I have ones made by Alpine Hearing Protection.
I tried several other brands and they usually have a hard plastic core and will hurt if you don't pick the right sizes or their standard sizes don't fit you well.
The Alpine ones are one size and made of all soft rubber with just a small filter insert, so you don't have to worry about fit and they are comfortable all day long.
The sound quality is fine. Their filtering seems to that they leave open a small hole to let in a small amount of sound waves. You are still getting in the original sound waves, just less of them. I don't notice any change in pitches when them in or out, only volume.
This was shocking to me. I always jokingly explain that working in live music and loving guns are the reason that my hearing is starting to go so early. I don't know what I would do if I could never enjoy music again. I think it's time to invest in a set of these [link]
Alpine Music Safe plugs are the best IMO.
I use the classic version
When hearing live music always always always use ear filters.
I will not sacrifice my hearing to enjoy my favorite bands play live. And I listen to metal music so it gets loud....
I have really small ears to the point where most earplugs and earbuds don’t fit me. These are what I use:
Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for Musicians [link]
I love these: [link]
I use alpine earplugs (these) and they are fantastic.
I don't recommend the 12 dollar etymotics over this which is 20. [link]
Some high quality musician ear plugs can be found on amazon
For anyone even without specific/significant trauma, TAKE CARE OF YOUR EARS. It's not hard to do, and a small amount of effort will make your life both easier and more enjoyable. My favorite thing to suggest is "musicians" ear plugs, for example:
... they hardly change the character of sounds, like regular ear plugs do, and make loud events and concerts have way less detrimental effect on your hearing... plus later that night you can hear fine and don't have ringing in your ears when you try to sleep. For the price, in the long term they are worth 100x what they cost... get 2-3 pairs, put one in your glove box, another in your backpack or purse, and keep another at home in case you lose one. Get a pair for a friend, whatever... more people need to know about these things, they are gold. They are basically ear plugs with a small whole going all the way through.
Well besides my yearly seven days festival I also work as a bartender at a music venue, so I'll be using them all year around. Are these what you're talking about?
I use these:
Have you found the particular earplugs I was talking about, that cut decibel levels but don't distort sound? They look like [link] or [link]
Also, I love that you allow yourself to stim in public at concerts. I stim merely by listening to music, so it's kind of awesome.
Edit: I sadly once listened to only one song for a week straight, though. Now that's autistic.
I like these alpines the most.
I've tried the Etymotic ER20s too, but they aren't as comfortable and stick out a little more.
Can't really go wrong with either for the price.
Not Bob, but I use these.
Cheap, portable and very effective.
anyone know anything about these?
As has been said, molded ear protection is the best, but it is understandably out of many people's budget. A step up from foam earplugs are some good attenuaters I use these personally, and I've been pleased with the results. It will help a bit more than plugs and if you're engineering you'll have better fidelity as well.
You really want to see an audiologist though, they'll help you plan exactly what you should do.
But, please use the DD thread for things like this.