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Shameless plug, buy a pair of earplugs like this. They are easy to carry, and help dampen the ridiculously loud sounds. I keep them on my keys, and use them almost everywhere I go. Movies, Bars, Concerts, hell even at conventions.
Not even an affiliate link or anything either. Just trying to spread the word.
As a side note, if you go to conerts/festivals or any place with loud music, I absolutely cannot recommend how important it is to protect your ears. I use these and it doesn't hinder the experince at all, there are other similar types, but this is the one I got recommend over 5 years ago, and they work great. It actually improves the experience IMO, some places have such loud music, you end up leaving with some really weird headspace thing going on and it can be hard to hear for the next few hours. They don't mask the sound of the music, it just reduces the amount of decibels your ears take in, which is one of the ways your hearing can be damaged. You can talk to a person normally and hear them just fine, you don't have to take them out to have a conversation. I hope this helps even one person, hearing loss is no joke and it's so easy to protect yourself. It's on a similar level to me as how important sunscreen is during extended periods of being in the sun.
Imma go ahead and be the old man that I am - Earplugs! Don't fuck up your hearing - you never get it back. I love the bass and loudness as much as anyone, but don't be dumb - tinnitus is no joke. pack something like these so you don't lose fidelity, just volume - [link]
These are the ones I have, can recommend. Comfy and they keep a decent sound quality. Have never had my ears hurt/ring like the did at Saint Pablo since wearing them.
For an off the shelf ear plug, I've used Etymotic Research ER-20's for a long time. I keep a pair in my gig bag/case.
If you have the money, invest in a set of custom molded ear plugs. The sound difference is significant.
This is why I always bring ear plugs to Disney parks. And if I forget, my first stop is always the medical office to pick up a pair of disposable ones. It really does make most rides more enjoyable (I'm constantly amazed at how ear-piercingly loud most rides are, especially given that so many children ride them).
As a former sound engineer at a punk venue, earplugs are invaluable down the road for saving your hearing with age. Get yourself a ncie pair like these and you'll hardly notice you're wearing them after 5 minutes or so.
My father has basically lost hearing in his left ear from going to punk shows in the 80s. Earplugs are a huge deal, especially considering how fucking loud everything is these days.
The screaming is the most intense I've ever heard in my life. ��
I have this pair of musician ear plugs that I wear to all the concerts I go to and even though they're really basic they're still great at drowning out the screams while preserving the quality of the music.
I think I honestly would have been really sad without them because when I took them out for a minute I literally could barely hear the music over the screaming in my section.
I'm a 40 year old with very present tinnitus (years of punk and rock concerts and playing in bands, DnB and Techno raves/club nights, a decade working in a wood shop around loud, high pitched machinery, and more recently dnb/techno production). There are a few things that have helped me out.
Always be conscious of your listening volume. For me this means finding the volume I instinctively want to listen to things at then rolling back a few notches. I also use an SPL meter on my phone occasionally to test my listening position but I don't consider it accurate.
It doesn't take long for the turned down listening volume to sound normal/pleasing, but it does take some time to get used to being conscious of how loud I want vs what is safe.
This is the only magic bullet in my suggestions, the rest are just things that I do to help. Control your volume!
Ear protection when I'm gigging or at shows. I have a couple sets of these guys that I keep in my gig bags and other places that are easy to remember when I'm going to a show. They're reasonably priced and don't make everything sound like shit
This one won't be popular, but I keep a neutral always-on EQ on my 2bus when producing/arranging. Currently I have a 6db LP filter rolling off everything above 18kHz pretty much all the time. I only turn it off when I move to mix/master, and as the final stage during sound design (I specifically plan to treat the top end last, and when the eq gets turned off, the volume gets turned down). I've tried a few different things (setting the LP higher/lower, using a dynamic shelf on everything above 15kHz, etc), but the 18k filter works best for me
Finally, I recently switched from closed back cans to open back and it's made a huge difference. My ears are less fatigued so I don't get into the trap of constantly turning things up during long sessions
You ABSOLUTELY should wear earplugs. It is horrible advice and negligent to not take care of your ears at a rock show.
There are cheap options online that will save you from Tinnitus. I have custom earplugs, and have been to a few hundred shows, Phish being a majority, but the only way to have a lifetime of music enjoyment is to take care of your ears.
Take care of your shoes too.
>I usually blast white noise into my headphone but it makes me tired and my ears are buzzing sometimes.
You need to stop doing this, as in right now, and never do it again at that volume, it sounds like you're giving yourself hearing damage. Never use headphones or earbuds to overpower outside noises.
If you want a quieter time working you could try using something like these. If you want to not be distracted then just listen to music at a reasonable volume and learn to not pay attention to those sounds because you will still hear them no matter what you use.
If those noises are so distracting they're limiting your ability to work or if your ears are sensitive to those sounds to that point, you should consult a doctor about it. But no matter what, stop trying to overpower the sound with headphones.
Ear plugs are a must for longer Yuma sessions. Improves some of that muddy sound AND protects you. like these:
PS: there was a secret bar in the yuma tent past the left side of the stage in a little tucked away area.
This is the pair I’ve been using. Only $14 and don’t really have any complaints. The only other ear plugs I’ve ever used were those foam insert ones which I think are worse than these. Plus these are reusable, just clean them with soapy water!
Wellll... the right earplugs don't diminish the quality. If you go get those foam hunting ones its going to muffle everything. What you want are these musicians earplugs.
They will bring the sound down by 20db while keeping the fidelity. These are my faves, Etymotics, been using them for years. But if you want to see other options, just search musicians ear plugs on Amazon to see all the brands.
Etymotic have been my go to for almost 20 years. Foam earplugs don't have the capability to have a proper frequency muting and will make stuff sound muffled like you said.
A lot of people have already said earplugs, but let me add -- don't use cheap disposable ones if you have a choice. Get something like these; they're reusable and do a better job of making music sound good while still reducing the volume.
Yeah, I’d agree that it’s more common than most people think. Our modern world is so noisy that a lot of people probably have a slight noise-induced hearing loss (which shows up as a “noise notch” or “noise drop” on the hearing test) without even knowing it. It typically isn’t severe enough for people to even notice any effect on their communication. And honestly, it can happen at any age. I understand that it can be really scary to be told you have a slight hearing loss, especially if you didn’t think anything was wrong, but it sounds like you’re taking all the correct steps.
By the way, if you’re new to hearing protection, I recommend purchasing something like this instead of wearing those cheap, foam earplugs. The foam ones are fine for mowing the lawn or whatever, but if you are in a situation where you want to protect your hearing while still hearing the people speaking around you, the musicians earplugs are better for that :)
I've been going to events for years, like op, but I always wear earplugs. Not only because I want to eliminate an ear hangover (that ringing in your ears you still hear after an event while laying in bed) or damage my hearing, but also because the music just sounds better. I use these and I recommend them to anyone.
There are specific earplugs which do a better job of attenuating all frequencies evenly, so less detail is lost.
I use these etymotic ones, and for piccolo I only put one in my right ear.
It's still not a great as not wearing any earplugs, but it's good enough, and I already have a little bit of hearing loss from piccolo in my right ear from marching band so it's important to protect.
can confirm about pickpockets... had mine nixxed from my backpocket back in 2017. they made $1400 worth of calls to cuba (terrible loss and T-Mo actually made me pay for half) and i got a findmyiphone phishing imessage a week later from an IP in uzbekistan.
all the rest are great tips, especially the ear plugs. i got these a couple years ago and bring them with me to pretty much anywhere i know there's going to be loud music.
learning to dj has shown me how hearing fades almost unnoticeably and very quickly at these types of events.
yes! I'm in the same boat. I'm fine if my anxiety isn't bad, but if it's bothering me, I can't even stand to listen to people talk without feeling like I'm going to have a panic attack.
I use the same earplugs I use when jamming with my band. They look like this and you can get them in any guitar center or music store. Added bonus, they don't cut quite as much high-end as the foam earplugs, so if being able to hear treble frequencies cleaner is important to you (for any reason other than shooting), they are quite useful to have. I wear them to concerts too, so I still get a good mix without hurting my hearing.
i asked a well-respected brass instructor about this a while ago, and what he told me is that playing with ear-canal sealing ear protection creates a false inner pitch that's about ten cents higher than your natural pitch. he wouldn't let us wear any ear-canal sealing ear protection for this reason- stuff like earasers, those plugs you linked, and so on.
they honestly probably don't create that big of a difference in your personal practice, especially if you play with a tuner. just something to think about.
also fwiw the eargasms you're linking to are mega overpriced for what they are. etymotic research is the originator of the high-fidelity cone plug design, and you can get theirs on amazon for a little less than half the cost of those eargasm plugs plus a cord at no extra charge. check them out here. i wear them at most rehearsals i teach, now. they're indispensable.
Go buy a pair of these: [link]
Unlike most earplugs, these don't make everything sound "muffled." They just make things a bit quieter. They're super helpful for everyday stuff like grocery shopping if you're prone to sensory overload.
There are special ear plugs that don't muffle the sound just, attenuate, lower the volume like these. I love them especially for indoor concerts.
Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs, Standard Fit Blue Tip, 1 Pair [link]
absolutely! i used to go to metal shows and come home with rining in my ears for at least a day or two. i went to a small music festival (shouts out to prog power usa!) and they recommended the Etymotic earplugs and i've been wearing them for the last few years to every show i go to.
would absolutely recommend!
As an audio engineer (live sound) I don't go to loud places without these: [link]
Hearing loss isnt anything to mess with.
They’re pretty good, cut a lot of conveyor noise but I can hear humans talking through them. And they have a little string so you can kind of tie them around you neck on break and not lose them.
Mine do. However, I've been playing in rock bands since I was 11 (I'm 32 now). My full-time job is music, and I know that my hearing has gotten worse. I've learned that I lip read quite a bit, so if there is a lot of ambient noise, I have a hard time understanding the other person if I can't see their mouth. The ringing when I'm in a quiet room is more noticeable. I have to do an annual hearing test, and that thing drives me nuts. The room is isolated enough that I hear the ringing during the test, and when the test frequency is at or close to the ringing, I have a hard time detecting it.
I'd wear ear plugs when you go to loud concerts or venues, whether it is from a bulk pack of foamies (foam ear plugs) or picking up some ER-20's. ER-20's are cost efficient and do a good job.
I think this will be their third US tour, and will be my third time seeing them. The first time I saw them was magical. My favorite live band for sure.
Grab you a pair of these, find somewhere to stand and just enjoy.
Get these. It's insane how different your ears feel after the rave when you actually protect them vs when you don't
I definitely recommend getting some! Even Sabaton plays loud enough to damage your hearing.
These are what I use and are less than $20 on Amazon. They just turn down the volume a little without sounding muffled and can actually make it easier to hear the details of the music.
Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs, Standard Fit Blue Tip, 1 pair [link]
These are the ones I have.
Makes a huge difference once you get home.
Trust me, future you will thank you.
I use a pair similar to these. They keep the clarity in a loud room, and I can still talk to people in between songs if I'm at a concert. Honestly though, I still keep a big bag of the disposable ones kicking around because they just work in a pinch and they're cheap. They do muffle sounds more, but it's waaaaaay better than nothing. The most annoying thing is having to pop one out to have a conversation with anybody, but I find that less annoying than hearing loss so.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This is really cool.
I'm wondering why even the most mentioned thing only has 74 mentions. I know you only scrapped comments from 2015 - 2017, but that still seems so low! Does your script only count it as a mention if the link is written out? Or does it capture hyperlinks like this as well?
I bought these because they just lower decibel level - it's safer outside, because you can still be vigilant about your environment, but the decibel count is lower. I don't know if that's good though - YMMV, but it was the best I could do at the time. I didn't really care, or pushed through the anxiety/shame of using them outside - it was the only way I could make it to the train station.
Right now, I'm struggling - my housemate's TV is loud, again, and I feel bad for asking them to turn it down, again (it's a Friday and it seems inconsiderate). I also have train noise outside my window, so usually use over-ear headphones and/or earplugs when I'm inside, and earplugs (the cheap, foam kind) for sleeping. Other than that, I've got nothing, because I struggle with this, too.
I really like these earplugs. The foam ones hurt my ears too. I have really small ears. These silicone ones help me at movie theaters and such.
I did the same, and it was absolutely worth the money, however if that is out of your price range, these were what I used before, and they were great. Pretty solid frequency response.
I saw them on Sunday in Auckland. I wore ear plugs, not the Foam ones but these ones. The opening band was a bit hard to hear, but it was possibly because I didn't know them or their music. Everything from Green Day was heard perfectly, the bass was too much although that was probably due to the sound travelling through my body (same reason our voices sound lower to us.) I was also 4th from the front, my friends ears were ringing afterwards, whereas I felt as I'd just got off a plane.
Up to you, they're your ears, but you only have 1 set to last you. There's a reason artist's use IEM', I even saw some seasoned metal-heads using cheap foam ones.
I'm getting contacts in a few weeks and I plan on bringing both. Keep in mind I've never been to roo either, so I'm not telling you this from experience, but I think contacts during the day to wear with sunglasses with the option to wear glasses at night is the way to go.
Also, since you've never been to a concert before, definitely bring earplugs. Several pairs as backup. Not everyone needs them, but after concerts I get bad tinnitus for a week or so and I can't focus on anything else. I strongly recommend these.
I don't have a recommendation for you (although my razor kraken headphones are surprisingly decent at blocking out noise), but have you tried silicone earplugs?
These are what I use.
I actually found them recommended on a different subreddit and they really help. I didn't think I could find any comfortable earplugs either but they're small enough for my ears and for the most part help me tune out high frequency noises.
It's really great for me because I can wear them at the movie theater and not get hearing damage for the most part (movies are 80 dB SPL now-a-days, maybe even louder. Any exposure to that or higher sound level can cause hidden hearing loss called synaptopathy). I think in general the silicone earplugs block out the higher frequencies but also block out everything else, but slightly less. So wearing them, your hearing sounds relatively normal, at least for me compared to other ear plugs I've looked at.
If you haven't tried silicone earplugs I'd say they're a good alternative, and don't make you look weird. I carry mine in my pocket just in case, easy to carry.
I use ear plugs, not the cheap ones that stick out of your ear and don't work, but the ones musicians use. These are the ones I like the best:
Thanks to some comments of yours the other day, I got hearing protection. I decided to try out some cheap amazon option, they aren't the best fit but it feels like they're almost blocking too much sound. Like I almost can't hear my engine, which is decently loud, at a stop which is kind of unnerving. I might try the custom route eventually, but it seems like these are good for now? Am I protecting my ears enough?
Pendant les concerts ?
ça baisse le niveau général sans atténuer la qualité du son. Pas forcément les plus confortables mais c'est supportable pour quelques heures.
When going to concerts with overwhelming sound I bring Etymotic earplugs and have a few extra for guests. It's actually not hard to talk with each other when both people are wearing them.
Those can come from time to time. It's a tinnitus but no worries, for short periods of time they are pretty normal. If it stays for 3 days or longer you should visit a doctor.
But I'd recommend to see those short tinnitus as some kind of nice "warning sign" that the enviroment you're in is too loud or you're under too much stress at the moment. Take a break if it happens and if you're having tinnitus when you're at a loud enviroment (party, listening to music with headphones etc.) it can be a sign of a minor hearing damage.
Hearing protection can get annoying but it's definetly worth it. Invest in some reusable ear plugs for cases when you think the music gets too loud, like this. (Don't know if these are good)
I often had those short Ts from time to time and before my tinnitus got chronic they appeared more often.
I didn't and now my ears make crackling sounds when I hear certain frequencies/volumes. I did finally get these guys- [link] when I was in grad school and the wind ensemble rehearsal room was pretty loud.
I'm not sure if you meant you couldn't hear the guitar due to the earplugs or loss of hearing from earlier, but I just wanted to recommend some awesome earplugs:
I'm not affiliated with them in any way beyond owning 2 sets. As an early-30something that wants to keep the hearing I have, I bring them to every concert I go to even if I don't always need them for every venue.
What's awesome about them is that they reduce volume without excessive muffling or dropping certain ranges. I feel like I get the full sound just with the volume cut down. They also fit nicely so I don't need to worry about them coming out on their own.
Don't drink too much. Pace yourself. You don't want to be stumbling around drunk in a dark, crowded club unable to find your safety net.
Depending on how many friends are going with you and how big the club is, maybe try hanging out with them for the first part of the night to kinda get in the groove of the joint (if it's a group of all men in a straight club, this might not be as kosher as say a coed group). Don't go trying to dance up on some girls without getting a hang of the vibe of the place.
Wear earplugs. Clubs are notoriously loud. Earplugs not only turn down the whole volume of the place, they also let you hear the people around you easier for conversing. These are my personal favs. ER-20 large fit (their sizing is all jacked up, if you're an average sized man, you probably need the large fit)
A few little things that have become essential for my burn:
Ear plugs for dancing: [link]. I can still have conversations with these, but they block the most harmful frequencies. I haven't had next-morning ringing ears for years after discovering these.
Neti pot. No explanation needed.
Tennis ball on the end of your kickstand, if you care about your bike staying upright when you park it.
Vitamins/Supplements: 5-HTP, Ginger Root, good multivitamin (NOW brand is one of the best), Zinc.
I don't know much about this, but a few suggestions:
You might try the type of earplugs that orchestra musicians use. They need to be able to hear the music, but need to protect their ears as well. Etymotic makes awesome earplugs.
Contact an audiologist. They have and know about a lot of cool products that could help!
Ah, that makes sense! Yeah when you get a drummer up there that can hold a steady double bass roll while beating on his various crash cymbals, it gets pretty damn noisy lol.
I've been using a set of hearos ultimate softness disposables the past dozen or so shows and I'm pretty happy with them, but sometimes feel they add a "muddiness" to the music. I've been considering these since they have a 29 NRR and are made for live music, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
Glad you had a good time! I had these when I went to a show last Friday, and they turned what would have been a night of pain and exhaustion into one of the highlights of my life. I suggest you get a pair.
100% these are the earplugs you want: [link]
Great audio quality, comfortable, and comes with a string that will sit around your neck for when you want to quickly take them off
Fashionwise, can't go wrong with shorts, tees, tanks, and a hoodie for when it gets chilly
Everyone suggesting earplugs is 100% correct. Something you should consider is what type of earplugs you want. I have these reusable ones, but found that they don't work well if you're wearing a full-face helmet. The helmet presses against the earplugs, and they begin hurting my ears pretty quickly.
Disposable foam plugs are more comfortable in my experience. Even those in combination with a full-face helmet can start aching after a couple of hours. Also, don't put them too far into your ears. I tried that to see if it was more comfortable and a space of negative pressure formed inside my ear canal. It was painful to pull out the ear plugs and it felt like I was going to tear my eardrum as a result of the pressure.
I use etymotic as well. Cheap on amazon, and I think they do a fantastic job of cutting out the harsh volume without suppressing the music! You don't have to wear them the whole time you're at the show, just pop them in when things start to get too loud!
I use these and they work quite well. You can still hear all of the music but its just not as loud. You can understand people easier too when trying to talk during music.
You should be wearing ear protection always around music. I don't know how late you are in life, but not being able to hear later in life is terrible. I played in jazz band in school, and I still have issues in my left ear from that.
I didn't notice that they're that much louder than any other show.. but it is for sure a good idea to wear earplugs in general. My ears are, I guess, especially sensitive and I would get tinnitus after almost every show, and obviously damage was being done (I've got it a bit permanently now too). I also would recommend those Etymotic Research earplugs, I have the ones with the longer stems and they're great.
I've not been to a Metallica concert yet, but I've been to many very loud shows and have sworn by these for years: [link]
They're cheap, they keep my ears safe even in the loudest conditions, and I can still hear and enjoy the music perfectly fine. Highly recommended!
I wear and swear by these: [link]
Any trip over 30 minutes I put them in, They are great.
On longer trips I use the bluetooth features of my helmet and these plugs still allow me to hear my phone and music even at speed.
They are a pain, but these are silicone, not foam - you'd be better off comparing them to silicone earplugs. I used the ety-plugs for many months and they're very easy to insert and remove.
Most people think of those foam-type earplugs when they hear that, this is what i have and they don't change the sound much.
these bad boys are awesome. they cut lows by -12 db but you can still have a conversation with someone.
I bought these a while back, fairly highly reviewed on Amazon. My disclaimer is that I haven't used them at a concert yet, so take my comment with a grain of salt, but testing at home they seem pretty nice.
I like these ones. They aren't expensive at all and do an ok job of an equal reduction across frequencies. You lose a little bit more on the high end, but pretty good for the price.
I just went on a 1017 mile trip with tunes all the way via my bluetooth enabled helmet.
I was wearing these [link] inside it to cut down the wind noise but still let me hear the music and other sounds.
You should grab some of these sweet ear plugs for any gnarly bass show. Your ears will thank you later ;)
Venue is less important to me than who I'm seeing. 9:30 Club in DC is a smaller place that I love. Echostage is a MASSIVE converted warehouse that I also love. Favorite, if forced to choose, would probably be at music festivals, just because of how much I love music festivals and the overall vibe. Basically, I just love live music. Huge electronic music fan, but I'll see anything that's fun and I can dance to. You said you like Sound Tribe, /u/lAltroUomo? They put on one of the cooler live shows I've probably ever seen. SO much fun.
Also, to the people saying they don't enjoy live music as much because it's too loud and/or gives them headaches...GET EARPLUGS. I don't go to any concert without these. You can still hear everything but they help to reduce ear damage. Tinnitus isn't reversible.
get a pair of these for shows:
They don't reduce sound integrity by much at all, just reduce the volume by ~20 dB which brings you out of the danger zone. They are also barely visible when inserted.
The other side of things - get a couple pairs of the cheap foam ones for sleeping at night at camp. It will be loud late, it will be loud early, and you need as many ZZZZZZZ's as you can get. The cheap foam ones block out more sound but more importantly are more comfortable if you sleep on the side of your face.
Also anyone making fun of you for earplugs (is that even a thing??? I wear mine at every show I go to) is a moron.
Those would be great seats...and you absolutely can bring them in.
For future reference...
These are the ones I use for events that I know are going to be incredibly loud. They are cool cause they actually just lower the decibel level of the sound without losing any of the sound clarity or muffling that standard ear plugs cause. It may not be as necessary for an event like this though. It definitely saved my ears at a Skrillex concert though!
I have these and have noticed when at MMW it does help with the echo.
I bought a foam pair from etymotic for 10 bucks. Reduces dB by 20 or something, works awesome. The high end electronic one is cool, but way too expensive.
Pro-plug. Decent ones, not the cheap foam ones. They're only a few bucks. I don't always wear them, but I always carry them. If it gets a little loud, I pop them in. No more ear ringing. If it's a quieter shows they usually stay in my bag. I really should wear them all the time but I don't always think of it.
... I'm only 24 but I've been to plenty of shows in the last couple years and my ears are already starting to ring, DAYS after shows, just at random. That's already the start of hearing damage. I've only had the earplugs for the last couple months.
I also use these plugs other people have mentioned. Absolutely no effect on the quality of music, unlike foam plugs.
Thanks for the response. I was looking at these, they seem to have the equal sound distribution that you we're talking about.
i just use regular foam earplugs, like HEROES or something. When I drum, I use something like these and i imagine they would be good for concerts too.
Don't get foam earplugs! Get these, they're reusable and they sound better. There's a more natural frequency response. Foam earplugs cut out a lot more treble than they do bass, so you don't hear much of the high-end. It'll cost you the same as a pack of foam plugs.
I expect him to be shooting a lot at a range. NRR - very helpful! Here is a comment left for that particular pair of muffs:
> The 19 or 20 dB reduction is typical for 'slim' profile hearing protection in this price range.... it is not enough to protect your ears from high-powered rifle or indoor shooting ranges. There are larger earmuffs that have more dB, but they get so big they interfere with using a rifle/shotgun stock. To help protect your ears: wear a set of light earplugs underneath (like musicians earplugs) while using the electronic earmuffs with amplification turned-up. That way you are doubled-up on hearing protection get a total of about 31db or so but can still hear people talking.
So, as far as NRR, 20db isn't much for something like an indoor range? Is 30db a better rating to look for? Also, is "active volume" the right description to look for in electronic muffs that allow you to hear each other talk? Or will "electronic" get me what I'm looking for?
He wants a shotgun. This comment says bigger muffs can interfere with using a shotgun. Didn't think about that.
The comment also recommends these earplugs. I'm really concerned with getting the best hearing protection for my 15 year old daughter.
Get some nice musician's earplugs. I hated earplugs cause I couldn't hear anything. Then I got some of these. No occlusion effect so you can hear yourself talk, and all of the frequencies come through clear, just quieter. I still may take them out for a headliner, but you can really tell your ears are fatigued once you put them in after half a night at the club.
They actually sell "musician ear plugs"....I bought a set from amazon for about 12 bucks. They lower the volume, not make it all muffled like rubber and foam earplugs. Best 12 bucks I ever spent.
Dude. Get you some of these. I swear by them. I'm a musician & DJ. They attenuate the frequencies evenly so you don't get the occlusion effect when you're talking (where your voice sounds weird and boomy) and you can actually still hear people talk. Those are the small, I find they fit me more comfortably than the large (and I have a large head), but at $12 a piece, get both sizes, see which you like best. I actually have spares for friends. Even if you don't wear them the entire time you're out, you can still carry them around and give your ears a break every now & then.
EDIT: I also have tinnitus. Moderate to severe, noise induced.
I use ones like these: [link]
Great advice but I wouldn't recommend using foam earplugs for concerts since they mess with the sound quality by not blocking all frequencies evenly. It's better if you could get musicians earplugs that are designed to just lower volume and preserve quality like these or more expensive custom ones. There's a bunch of recommendations and more info here and here.
Edit: I should also preface this by saying if you have foam earplugs you should still use them as slightly better sound isn't worth the hearing loss/tinnitus that I'm dealing with.
Ear-plugs - they're so important if you go to live concerts.
You only get one set of ears, which will never heal, so for the love of christ, protect them
Here's a rough guide of safe exposure times
I’ve got a set of customs from [link] and absolutely love them. But they were a couple hundred bucks. They also have some clear generic fit musician ear plugs that are a little more discrete than the bright orange ones. Plus they’re cheap and reusable. $20 on Amazon
I'm glad you had a good time. As care for my fellow Vancouverite, I'd strongly recommend getting quality hearing protection if you want to keep enjoying shows in future (i.e. you want to be able to hear the shows in future).
If you don't want to spend a lot of money, get a quality pair of reusable earplugs off Amazon.
If you're willing to spend a bit more, look into custom earplugs. Look for the models made for musicians.
You might find these useful. They're meant to reduce volume while preserving as much fidelity as possible, and I've found they do a pretty good job of it.
Used to go to shows without hearing protection, now have tinnitus in one ear. Dunno if Amazon ships to you but these are what I use for shows now.
Honestly, it's going to take some trial and error to find the right ones for you.
There's plenty cheap but decent options so that if you lose yours on a somewhat consistent basis, it won't cost too much. It might happen as you get used to carrying them with you. A lot of people do Keys, I do my wallet but YMMV.
Three Popular options: Etymotic 20 DownBeats & Earasers I used US Amazon to show examples.
The Earasers are the Pricey option, but from my understanding, they offer the best Clarity. No case either, so you'll need to look for one. There's a fully "licensed" (meaning they'll fit) case for an extra 10$.
Etymotic 20's are what I use. Again, no case but I use a cheap key-chain pill case. Sounds good to my ears.
DownBeats are the most popular option I've seen around. They're too small for my ear canals, but they work for most. Come with a case, which is nice. Nice silicon and a friend who owns a pair usually forgets they're in.
All of these might work, or none of them. You just kind of have to try them out and see what works for you. Best of luck!
My drumline uses these: https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Fidelity-Earplugs-ETY-Plugs-Standard/dp/B0044DEESS. They work great for letting you hear speech and everything at normal volumes while cutting down the really loud stuff. You can generally find them at Guitar Center or other music stores too
A redditor from 5+ years ago recommended these specifically, he seemed to know his shit about ear plugs & concerts.
I have been searching for decent Ear Plugs. I think I'm going with Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs What do you recommend/use?
This. With proper ear plugs, you can protect your hearing and enjoy the music all the same. Here's a sample graph of how high-fidelity ear plugs compare to the standard foam counterparts. What you're looking for is an even attenuation for all frequencies. If you've used foam ear plugs in the past, you're probably familiar with the "muddy" sound these can create, a result of losing your mid- to high- frequency ranges. Hi-Fi plugs will retain these frequencies more evenly, allowing for a much more "true" sound at a reduced decibel level.
You can get the Etymotic plugs fairly cheap on Amazon. At $15, you won't be breaking the bank, and you'll have a much more enjoyable experience over foam or no ear plugs at all (tinnitus is no fun, and is a sign of permanent damage).
Alternatively, if you're a concert junkie and want to make a serious investment, there are companies that manufacture custom-molded ear plugs (example here). These range upwards of $200, and they involve visiting an audiologist to get molds of your ear canals, which are then sent to the manufacturer to craft them to your personal specification (color, style, etc). The result is similar to the Etymotic plugs in terms of attenuation, but are far superior in terms of comfort and longevity. Plus, you can swap out attenuators to suit your environment. For example, I typically use 15dB for concerts, but I could bump it up to 25dB if I'm going to be working in a machine shop or other excessively loud environment.
No matter your budget, hearing protection should be your #1 priority at concerts. Even if you can't afford to spend a dime, the health clinic within the festival grounds will provide foam ear plugs (with a suggested donation). Take care of your ears, and you'll be enjoying concerts for decades!
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If going custom, check out where you can find these off the Westone site. An audiologist visit is required. There are other options for custom than these, but I’m not sure what would be better.
For regular earplugs, this article goes through a bunch of options. Eargasm ranked high.
I always liked the etymotic er-20’s for my ears. Good quality, but minimal reduction in noise. They work better for smaller canals. The er-20xs is shorter, but is for bigger ears.
Searching amazon for hi-fi earplugs will land you a bunch of options.
Hearing protection at loud events can really help protect your ears from damage. It won't help with genetic issues, but it can help protect against exposure damage. Protection for worksites can do wonders. So can protection for concerts and similar events. My ensembles use these to protect us but also allow us to hear what's being played. They reduce the volume of sound but still allow pitch to come across clearly. I purchased these because I wanted something that fit my ears better and because I felt they provided more protection than the ones my ensemble provided. They're both great for musicians but are also great for attending concerts as an audience member as well.
I have hearing damage from exposure during my time in a previous ensemble. There, we were not taught about protecting our hearing. At my current ensemble, we are taught about the necessity of protecting against damage from the very beginning. I have found that it helped prevent the damage I already have from worsening. It's worth a shot!
Wore these at a couple festivals last year:
Worked like a charm.
These are what got stolen, and what I've just ordered again. Over 70mph -- top up or down, actually -- they make a big difference.
I been to a lot of shows in a lot of years, and i am an audio engineer as well. Get some solid ear plugs, i use these at shows. if your a regular or large man, get the large size. you can hear everything including people next to you talking, but it cuts the treble/lows out by like at least 12db.
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and here is an awesome song by my man timothy wisdom about ear protection.
I bought these a decade ago and they still work remarkably well:
I've used them as a fan about a hundred times, and as a gigging guitarist a couple dozen times. They clamp down harder on higher frequencies (as anyone would desire if they wish to prevent hearing damage/loss).
I've also heard good things about Eargasm / Mumba:
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Try some flanged ones off of amazon like [link]
Earplugs are great for riding, especially once you get on the freeway and you're getting blasted constantly with wind. It's really important to protect your ears. Something like [these]( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044DEESS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1 ) reduce the wind noise but still let you hear things like horns. Maybe not as necessary on city roads.
This. Etymotic makes good, unobtrusive plugs that attenuate sound with even frequency response. Highly recommended.
Try these: [link]
Try these ear plugs. They work wonders for me!
I have these.
+1 for EarPeace. Another great option is Etymotic.
If they go to a lot of festivals or concerts, you should get them a cooling towel. These have really cool designs, are made of a fancy material and are only like 10$ each and can be a literal lifesaver in the heat.
I agree with the earplugs comment. You don't realize how much you need them until you have them and realize that they actually make music sound better. I use these which are 14$, work very well at not muddy-ing up sound, and come with a nice pouch to store them in.
Consider getting them a small battery powered fan like this neck fan, costing only $13. Like the towel, this can really help the heat feel more bearable.
Although these only apply if they go to concerts/festivals, they all make what they love more comfortable and convenient. Good luck finding the right gift!
Etymotic are earplugs designed for musicians, and they're like $12. This is what I've used for almost two years, and I wouldn't recommend any other hearing protection for daily use/practice/gigging. HAVING SAID THAT, I've also noticed the way my kit sounds mic'ed up and through studo monitors sounds really similar to what playing them sounds like with cans, so I try those on to hear a pseudo-preview of what my drum parts might sound like in a studio setting.
In that case, try some of these. I'm not a shill for Etymotic, I promise! I use these for gigs and F1 races, when the cars used to be really loud. I find that I get a "rattle" when the noise is too much. These fix that problem by knocking the signal down 20dB fairly evenly across the spectrum. Click the "Tech Specs" tab.
I just bought a pair of these for these years forest.
I've had these for almost 3 years and they are the best 13$ I've ever spent. I forget I have them in, and they have never fallen out. Highly recommend.
Yup Etymotics are cheap as hell.
Not all of them.
Etymotic has pretty cheap earplugs ($12) that evenly reduce the sound levels.
Get these, wear them (they are comfortable) all three days, don't hate your life every morning when you wake up and your ears are ringing [link]
Ear Plugs! [link] I recommend these.
These help me a lot.
You'll see lots of jazz/pop etc bands using IEMs for live monitoring, you can think about investing in a pair. I've been looking at $250 Alclair entry model: [link]
Otherwise the musician's plugs that Etymotic sells work pretty well: [link]
Er-20 is what you want. [link]
Always wear earplugs. Seek out support for tinnitus if things get too bad.
I wore these when I saw Swans and the show still sounded great imo: [link]
I used these earplugs and they worked wonders as far as not muffling the music nearly as badly as the normal foam ones you get at CVS or whatever
Get these earplugs not the shitty disposable ones. Cheap and they sound much better.
General Store sells them inside the venue and campground. They only sell these kind, not the fancier ones with the strap or anything like these.
Etymotic* I use these for attending concerts, they're good stuff [link]
No it was years ago but it was some generic brand, they're easily duplicatable here is another brand the looks identical to what I used.
Easily washable to boot.
I just use foam earplugs that I get from work but I always see people saying good things about Etymotic earplugs
I use these, they're awesome and they keep great sound quality
I just switched to etymotic ear plugs, and used them at a show last night. cheap, decent sound quality. recommended.
What @thirtynation said. I've used the same model for many concerts including Coachella.
Get yourself a pair of Etymotic Research earplugs. Or foam ones would work. I never travel without one of the two.
I use these and they're great.
Also: NICE fucking show. Really jealous.
Might want to switch out your earplugs, Etimotic earplugs are very good, and they lower the overall noise rather than muffling it. [link]
Then any high fidelity earplugs should work fine.
Many people use the Etymotic ER20 earplugs which can be easily bought off Amazon or their slightly updated version.
More other brands in this thread: [link]
There probably aren't breaks, and even if there were, you'd be in line with all the other people. But you will have time to hit the bathroom between doors (when they let people in) and the concert starting (a.k.a. "showtime", "the show").
If the show is seated, so you buy a specific seat (e.g., row M, seat 103), it's pretty easy, as your seat is reserved for you. So if you show up late, or have to go to the bathroom during the show, your seat will be waiting for you.
If the show is general admission (your ticket will say GA on it), that means it's standing room only (at least for your ticket; some venues have a GA area right in front of the stage and ticketed seating further from the stage). That means if you walk away from where you're standing, you don't have a claim to that spot, and people will shuffle forwards into where you were standing. I'm assuming the Weird Al show isn't GA, because the two shows of his I've been to weren't GA, he has a bigger crowd, and the ticket the OP posted has a seat listed.
But anyway, showing up dehydrated probably isn't a good idea. It can get hot in venues, and you want to have a good time. You won't have a good time if you feel woozy or incredibly thirsty. You can still have a good time if you miss a song or two in the bathroom.
Oh, and some concerts are loud. You might want to bring a pair of musician's earplugs. If you plan on going to more concerts, it's worth buying reusable earplugs; otherwise get disposable ones. If the show is this week, you might want to go to a music store or guitar shop, and ask for musician's earplugs. Reusable ones should cost less than $20, and disposable ones should be a few bucks. You have your ears your entire life. Protect them. They won't turn an awesome concert into a shitty one, but they will save your ears so you can still hear an awesome concert in twenty years.
I second the Etymotics. I never go to a show without them.
Buy something good that won't muffle the sound - [link]
It's cheap and it will be like you're turning the volume knob down
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These ones are pretty amazing: [link]
these are really good [link]
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Dubs suck anyways, spend the $13 on Amazon for These which sound far better.
etymotic earplugs are cheap on amazon and work great. i love mine. they are always in my pocket.
I'll be there!
Evidently, the band considers their latest album, Noise, to be their "most defining effort" to date. I wouldn't call it my favorite Boris album, but it's my favorite from the last 6 years (maybe even better than Smile). The album just came out, so you can expect it to feature prominently in the set.
Make sure you check it out before the show: [link]
Edit: I saw them a few years back in SLO Brew, and I saw them at the Echo in LA. The setlist was better at the Echo, but I think the SLO Brew show was actually more impressive because it's such a small venue and Boris was so unbelievably fucking loud! Earplugs are essential. I recommend you use some decent ones like these. Boris always sells earplugs like these at their shows with a band logo on the case. At the very least, bring some foamies just in case.
their not "earplugs" you'll be able to hear fine. you're welcome
That had some this past weekend, but the ear plugs didn't appear to be anything special. I recommend these [link]
Here's what I use.
[link] ? these? they're pretty expensive for ear plugs! they look quite long, do they stick out?
I use the ER-20 and these. The ER-20 is more stable in the ear, the Hearos is easier to clean.
I've used Etymotic and Acu-life, the 18db version . Both are great, I think the acu-life are slightly more comfortable but the etymotic come with a string to keep them from falling on the floor.
For great ear plugs I use these Etymotics. I use them at concerts and when I was working in a Machinist Shop. You can get them on Amazon as well.
I have been using the Jaybird X3 earbuds for about 4 months now and am very please with the noise cancellation. They are an easier hit on the pocket than the Bose and sound pretty great.
All you need [link]
Even better (Amazon)
Are those the ones you use, or better?