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Check out the Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs.
I've used these for years at Coachella and other concerts. It just reduces the sound volume, you still get to hear all the music (as opposed to those foam ones, where the sound just muffles).
Edit: these also allow you to end a concert without that awful buzzing in your ears for hours after
If concerts ever come back, I cannot recommend these ear plugs highly enough
They don't completely muffle everything and just lower the sound by 20db
My husband suffers from horrible tinnitus for years of not wearing earplugs at concerts. I highly recommend wearing some. We use ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs [link]
Order a pair of these.
Keep them on your keychain or whatnot so you always have them. They work fantastic, unlike the crappy foam ones they stay fit in and just lowers the volume while not muffling anything. I have had the same pair for a couple of years now as long as you keep them clean they last quite awhile.
Take care of your ears! Once you fuck them up you generally don't get a second chance.
I bought a pair of Dubs ear plugs, and got a pair of silicone ones from Lost Lands. Dubs are good, but the silicone ones fit better and I never had a problem with them falling out when headbanging or dancing, so I prefer those. Here’s a link to an example of the ones I’m talking about! [link]
I use standard ER20 I got a pair for my girlfriend too and she has small ears but they fit her, but they might be a little big for her comfort. They do get sore even for me at first, but you get used to them pretty quickly and by the end of the weekend when I don't have them in after the festival is over it feels weird for the first day.
You mentioned you have a hard time hearing your conductor, so I should mention that I use these in band practice and can have quiet to normal conversations with no issue. Also I've noticed a lot of earmuffs make my drums sound different, and I don't like that because I want to hear what the listener is hearing. These simply make the sounds not hurt.
Etymotic Research ETY Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs; Standard Fit, Blue Tip, Polybag [link]
Great LPT! I use these and they are fantastic. They are perfect for being able to hear the music without everything muffled. I've worn the pair I have to at least fifty concerts in the last two years and they're in great condition. I've also been to festivals where I had them in nearly all day without any discomfort. I can't wear those puffy foam ones for a moment without wanting to rip them out.
I just lost one of my Etymotic Research ER20 plugs at a show last weekend. I was pulling them out of their case and it slipped out of my fingers and went flying into the crowd. I ordered a replacement pair - now known as the Etymotic ETY - as soon as I got home. They only cost $13. Your hearing is worth much more than that!
A few years ago I brought my ER20s to an audiologist appointment. I let the doc know that I regularly attend loud concerts and festivals and asked about custom molded earplugs. She said that the ER20s were fine as long they fit my ears and that I use them every time...
I use these bad boys and they are amazing
110 db seems to be off. That's like Rock concert levels of sound and I can say for sure that Hilary Hahn doesn't even put out that level of sound in a halfway decent venue, and she's probably the loudest live violinist I've heard. 110db can cause hearing damage after just 1 minute, so if she's been doing this 6 hours a day you would already have noticed hearing loss. How are you measuring this?
In any case, I recommend these:
Basically what you want is a set of ear protectors that will have a neutral-reduction in sound levels across all frequencies. Uniform attenuation of sound as it were. Foam earplugs are kind of a blunt-instrument approach, and they tend to be more effective on high frequencies than low frequencies.
The ones I linked claim to provide 12db reduction, although I have never verified this with a meter, it is definitely miles more effective than foam plugs.
Hey, glad you enjoyed the show! I know a lot of people don't, but definitely consider getting earplugs - tinnitus is not fun and and the damage is irreversible and it's definitely not just for the kids.
These are the ones that I and the rest of my band use when both playing and going to shows, they last a while and don't sound muffled like those foam ones that just block out all the nice high end tone. Keep that hearing good for all the Coheed shows in the future you haven't gone to yet :)
I would highly reccomend Etymotics. I was just at Lost Lands Reunion this past weekend and these things made the bass hit so much harder.
I think the Etymotic are popular. $14 on Amazon.
I use the Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs.
I've used these at a Muse concert. Worked well:
And you can stick your head in the woofer for a bit too :)
Love these Etymotics:
Non-Bezos Link (eBay, cheaper too, eleven bucks)
I use these for whenever i go clubbing or with friends. They are quite discrete and almost invisible once introduced into the ear. I wear these inside the house, or wherever looks arent a concern because they are more comfortable than the former and i can throw them away once they get dirty.
Here's a great study on top-down wind noise and the windscreen:
For longer trips, or top-down highway trips, I'm a fan of the ear plugs:
Well, there's your problem.
You want to be using something like these at a minimum: [link]
They'll take things down 12 dB without changing the EQ. So things won't be "muffle-y", just quieter.
If you feel like spending a little more money, then go for something like these: [link]
You get higher dB reduction. These are the ones I wear all the time in live music settings. I'm 43 and still not much hearing loss.
Yes, they are very loud. You'll be fine as long as you have hearing protection.
I use these ear plugs [link]
But anything like these should work just fine although it may not sound as good
I have a cheaper version of the Etymotics that I've been using for the past 5 years and they are excellent.
I did some searching around and ended up buying these ones, some other users here recommended them...
yeah, sometimes i wear those foam ones, but I normally wear my ER20 ETY-Plugs
I use these and love them:
By chance, were you referring to these?