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I am a music producer and I am upvoting this. Seriously I fear for those dummies who don't get it, but we can't fix stupid, so why can't we please fix the fucking sound. It's so frustrating to constantly tweak sound as I'm playing every game, but I do it for sake of protecting ears. They have millions of dollars it's not that fucking hard contract someone to fix a couple sound files. Fuck!
Also a fix (actual earplugs)
Ety plugs are a great bang for your buck. Relatively comfy and they do little to degrade the higher frequencies (as compared to foam plugs).
But if you really enjoy going to shows and appreciating music, I can't recommend a pair of custom molded plugs from an audiologist more strongly.
I did this about 7 years ago and still appreciate them every time that I go to a show. Also, I motorcycle, so they get quite a bit of use outside of clubs as well!
To add on to this comment, if you're an avid concert go-er (or a person who works in a loud office or needs quiet to concentrate, natch), I highly suggest investing in these. They're very reasonably priced, and I've had a few pairs (carry a pair in my purse and in my work bag) that have lasted 10+ years.
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Did a lot of reading through similar threads and settled on these from amazon.
Great quality for the price and your ears will thank you. They'll block out a lot of the heavy lows that would normally leave your ears ringing afterwards. The sound feels balanced and I don't feel like I'm missing any detail in the sound when they're in.
If you go to a show where the sound sucks (bad speakers, balance is shitty), you might feel like you're not getting the best experience... but that is on the venue and not you. Best to keep them in and be safe rather than sorry.
I've done plenty of damage in between DJing and going to tons of shows.
2 thumbs up from me
It's been a while, but I've seen many shows there over the years. It's a fun space and they get some great local acts, but it's also a very small space with brick walls and they consistently blasted their speakers. Every show I've seen there over the years was exceptionally loud.
If you don't have them yet, I strongly recommend getting a pair of high-fidelity volume reduction ear plugs [like the $13 pair I have] that let you enjoy the music and still understand people talking next to you without it sounding muffled.
For stuff like concerts, you'd want earplugs that lower the decibel of what goes into your ear. This makes the relative sound quieter but still clear and allows you to hear and understand with clarity.
If you don't want to hear your wife snoring, all you need is the cheap 10 cent foam earplugs that block sound that you can buy from practically anywhere.
I've been going to a lot of concerts since 2017, and if I'm honest, Post Malone was probably the loudest show I've ever been to. I strongly recommend buying some of these, but still expect a loud ass show.
Etymotic earplugs have been my new best friends at shows, I highly recommend them:
Etymotic ETY-Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs, Standard Fit, Frost Tip [link]
> ETY-Plugs use a proprietary tuned resonator and acoustic resistor to replicate the natural response of the ear canal. Sound is reproduced unchanged, as the ear would hear it, only quieter.
> Standard foam earplugs reduce mid-range and high frequencies resulting in muffled speech and music. ETY-Plugs reduce sound levels evenly, preserving clarity of speech and communication, and richness of music.
Buy these if you go on extended highway trips. I wear mine anytime im doing it over 20 min or so
Oh, das ist noch ein guter Punkt. Mal vom Ton, den man im Kino nicht einfach anpassen kann abgesehen: Ich hatte echt schon viele Vorstellungen, die einfach zu extrem waren was den Pegel anging. Richtig unangenehm, aus einem Film musste ich raus, weil es wehgetan hat. Irgendwann habe ich angefangen, praktisch überall Gehörschutz mitzunehmen (die haben sich sehr bewährt, falls jemand Rat sucht, auch und besonders gut für Musiker); ist es einfach nicht wert.
Generell ist durchgehend volle Pulle im Kino echt strapazierend, selbst wenn es noch geht. Tinnitus bekommen auch Leute, die bei erträglicher Lautstärke konstant arbeiten. Das dann in Laut für zwei Stunden...
I bought some inexpensive concert earplugs off of amazon. I don’t go to concerts much, so I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on something I’d only use a couple of times. The ones I bought worked great! The music and their voices were crystal clear, but it’s like the volume of the crowd was turned down. I could still hear the fanchants perfectly fine, and I had no problem talking with my sister next to me. I lost my voice singing and screaming, but at least I saved my hearing!
here’s what’s I bought
Someone who goes to a lot of concerts might be able to recommend something better, but those worked for me.
I use these. These are nice because they do not muffle the sound, they just bring down the volume to a tolerable level and filter out the harsh frequencies, all while maintaining sound clarity. They are also comfortable for me and never fall out. They come in a little case too so they are convenient to put on my keychain when I need them. I never go to shows without them! There are lots of similar ones like it on amazon, your local hardware store sometimes, and even at local musical stores as well.
If you cannot get these or something similar, I suggest you at the very least go with foam plugs. Better to protect your ears for the long term than to go without them just to briefly experience better sound. It is not worth it going without plugs for better sound for one night in my honest opinion. Your inner hair cells (that contribute to our hearing) are very few and do not regenerate; once they're destroyed, then they're gone for good and your hearing will slowly go.
$10 on Amazon. I’ve been wearing these to every concert I’ve gone to for the past two years, having been an avid concert goer for the past 6 years and they seriously changed the game. I can hear the concert better than before, the sound doesn’t blow out nearly as much. I walk out with my ears perfectly fine. Do not jeopardize your hearing when you can invest $10 in these and enjoy the show MORE.
I bought these on Amazon a few years ago. They work much better than the cheap foam plugs, don’t muffle sound so you can still hear, haven’t fallen out of my ears at any show, and come with a string so you can keep them looped around your neck and not lose one of them.
Bring ear plugs. About 30 minutes into the set I took mine out just to see how loud it actually was and instantly knew I made the right choice. I got a $12 pair of Amazon and will bring them to every show I go to from now on. [link]
A really good high fidelity earplug would be the etymotic brand, they are twelve dollars a pair and are much more comfortable than your typical earplug! You can find them on Amazon also!
Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Frost Tip [link]
I am studying to be an audiologist, and protecting hearing is very important to me! Keep those ears healthy!
You can get the orange foam ones to protect your hearing, but I recently spent $15 on Amazon and can't recommend enough.
I didn't do earplugs until I hit my 30s and noticed that 2-show weekends produced ringing well into the next week, but now I put that shit in even while bands are tuning and sound checking.
Yeah, the pair I use I got a local music shop, should be available at any decent sized music gear place. I also have a pair I lost that I got off of Amazon: [link]
You can get the cheap foam ones anywhere, even at Home Depot, but they are made to block out a lot more sound than you want for a show.
I used to use these mainly when I was running met or tracking with the battery. You could absolutely invest in something higher quality, but these worked great for me to dampen the sounds (and keep me from getting headaches).
I use these, which have a 9db cancellation, but let you hear all frequencies at that level.
If you do any playing at consistent 85db ish or higher, you need to be wearing protection. Most big bands, wind bands with loud percussion sections, etc.
Also, it takes practice to use- you don't just plonk them in your ears and everything is normal. You need to spend a solid chunk of time getting used to the new feedback paradigm with them in. Don't just toss them in in 1 rehearsal, feel strange, and never use them again- that's a route to hearing loss.
As far as earplugs go, I’ve been through multiple pairs of the Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs for about 5 years.
They get the job done while still allowing clear sound through, and the price point is low enough so that it doesn’t suck as much when you lose them.
These ones are around $14 on Amazon, are these right?
Because I'd love to get some decent ones as well...not only for concerts, but maybe for migraine days at work... :-D
I picked these up from Amazon for about $10-15 to use at EDM concerts and I love them. I just brought them to an acoustic show the other night and it worked wonders. They don't cancel out the loud stuff, but makes it bearable to listen to AND you can have conversations. They're obviously going to be a bit muffled because you have something shoved into your ear, but in my experience you're good.
You may need to find a different vendor from that link, but I definitely recommend that brand and type!
This was the better part of 10+years ago so I don't recall. It was something he recommended, I don't even recall if I got them from the local music store or Amazon. I do recall they were 3teir flange type, white, with a hard but hollow blue core.
Looks alot like these. They stick out of the ear quite a bit which is why I why I worried about about it taking a hit and stabbing my inner ear.
I actually have a recommendation for ear plugs! These
They allow you to hear everything without the muffle, but they are designed to damper the harsher soundwaves. Source: I did drumline for 4 years and my ears aren't fucked... yet
I heard about these earplugs on this sub and have been using them for a few years now [link]
I got these a while ago and was very happy with them. They offer decent protection without distorting the sound too much. They're a whole lot better than nothing.
Eventually I decided to upgrade to custom molded ones, which was a significant upgrade in both comfort and how little the audio gets distorted. It costs quite a bit, but I have absolutely no regrets.
I got these ones! (recommenting without shorted URL)
I had a nice pair, ended up losing them one night. Earplugs are surprisingly easy to lose, especially if you're like me and have to take them out to talk to people.
I buy these (standard size) now -
They're cheap, work well, and if I lose them it's no big deal. I'll also buy a pair to give to a friend if it's their first club show or festival.
I've seen many shows with these, including Sleep (front row, 10 amps in the face) and they're great. blocks the highs which hurt your hearing the most, but you can hear the music better than without them.
I recommend these:
They're $14 for a pair and they do a really nice job of bringing the volume down without losing all the high tones like you'd experience with foam plugs. I wear them every time I play with a band or go to a show and I really like them. Plus they're clear so they don't draw attention.
The little foam plugs they sell for $2 at shows are shitty though. They distort the sound and don't even protect your ears adequately. I use these, which are more effective on both counts. Good ear plugs are worth the investment - they actually increase my enjoyment of the shows I go to, with the added bonus that my ears don't ring all night and into the morning anymore.
I don't recommend that. Those block too much sound and it for me makes the tinntius worse. Since you're hearing so little the tinntius seems louder.
These block out the dangerous frequencies while still letting you hear normal sound around you.
I'll copy my reply to someone else's further down the thread:
I have a pair of these, not the same exact kind, but very similar. I can 100% vouch for them, there was still a lot of clarity in the sound while bringing it to a safe level. I almost preferred having them in than out. Though I have naturally sweaty ears, so I had to let my ears breath between sets.
I believe these are the ones I have.
i had a pair, had a hole through the whole thing with a little plug, but im sure they worked just as well as this, with and without the plug.
here is a similar set without the plug [link]
I just bought the linked plugs on Amazon. They were a little more expensive than standard earplugs but they are specialized to reduce the dB without muffling parts of the music. That way I hear the same crisp parts of each song as everyone else but just quieter.
ETY-Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs, Standard Fit, Frost Tip [link]
Even better, there are hi-fi earplugs (transparent) that muffle harsh frequencies while preserving the quality of sound. You can hear people talking while protecting your ears from extremely loud music. DJ's and musicians (the smart ones) wear these.
These Etymotic earplugs with a glass core are the shit. They preserve the sound quality while cutting out the extremes.
I highly recommend some like these . I got a pair of these last year, before that I only used the foam earplugs. HOLY SHIT what a difference. They don't muffle sounds, they just turn down the volume a little bit. You might want to get the connector string as well so that you can hang them around your neck. Earplugs are easy to loose, but I find that if I can hang them around my neck, no matter the type, then I can keep track of them!
This guy is not wrong! 100% agreed about the queue. It LOOKS like it takes awhile but really moves rather quickly and you'll be inside in 5min. If you watch the exit there's ALWAYS a flow of people out the tent, which is nice. Never 100% packed.
Keep in mind not all Yuma artists are created equally. Some you'll vibe with, some you won't. Personally, I love the tent as it fits my style of dance music much more than the Sahara acts nowadays.
I strongly recommend getting some ear plugs, like these:
They actually improve the sound coming from those Yuma speakers and you can spend much more time, comfortably, getting down!
These are the earplugs I have. They come with a tiny carrying case that you can attach to a bag/camelbak. They don't change the quality of sound, just make it a little quieter. I consider them an essential if you want to be close to any of the stages and still keep your hearing.
Wear earplugs!! I have these Etymotics and they do a great job of protecting your hearing without making the music a muddy mess. Doesn't matter where you are in the venue, his system is INSANELY loud. imo the best spot is near the back, I like being able to see all the visuals and have room to dance/jump around
I have these ones with the thinner tips and I'm kinda afraid of getting knocked in the head and the earplugs getting lodged deep in my ear, is it actually possible that this could happen?
FUCKING SAVED MY HEARING
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Seriously, buy these. SO good!
Just be comfortable and wear white clothes you don't mind getting rid of. Dress according to weather/venue (indoor/outdoor heat), in regards to earplugs, Etymotics I've heard are great: [link]
A set of these, a hat and some sun screen and you are good to go for as long as you like. [link]
1990 did a 6 hour drive each way weekend trip just a few weeks ago. has 140k on it. Last week, it did an hour each way to the track and an hour running around pocono raceway. Other than blowing a caliper seal, no problems either. (I am going to refresh all the brakes, lines and calipers are 26 years old!)
I believe the standard. Here is the Amazon link for the one I believe I purchased (don't have them with me at the moment) [Etymotic Ear Plugs]
I use the etyPlugs, their 'musician' earplug. It's not got a ton of NRR (12), but it really takes the edge off. Our 'DC' is only one small room, so it's not terribly loud. I'd estimate 80-85 dB, this brings me to 68-73.
The thing about these is that they are a flat-frequency response plug, so things are just quieter, not muffled. It isn't like wearing ear plugs at all.
I find that I can wear these out to a noisy bar or restaurant and then I last a lot longer because I don't feel so overcome by the noise. (also they're physically quite unobtrusive)
I like these, although they're earbuds, not full over-the-ear phones. They have the external noise blocking of earplugs without the cumbersome pads and crap.
There are specially made ear plugs for concerts. [link]
Who reviews night clubs?
If you go to a great show, you tell your friends how much fun the artist was. You’ll come to like the venue and will promote it via word of mouth.
You’d want to slam a venue where you get robbed, though, so you’ll hit the Yelp page for that.
Audio kicks ass, don’t worry. Worst part might be that it’s a little smaller unless you like that. Great sound system. It’s connected to Bergerac, a bar that’ll have some artists too.
Here’s a bunch of text—keep in mind I like tech-house a lot:
1015 Folsom is utterly huge and definitely gets lit. 20k sq. ft, three to five rooms (depending), 1400 person capacity. The go to! Dirtybird and Desert Hearts events are dope.
Public Works is also really big. (Sue me I like big venues!) Has a smaller loft you (sometimes?) pay separately for. Big events go down in a big room with a balcony. Good stuff.
Great Northern is pretty big and is a great time. One big room.
Temple is on the list of 100 best nightclubs in the world 2018 and is great if you’re into EDM (the EDC kinda stuff... crowd pleasing but cheesy for my more tech-house tastes). They do have house & hip-hop downstairs (three rooms total). One odd thing: it’s looonnggg. Very rectangular. Putting this here in the hierarchy because lots of folks enjoy it.
The Midway is an art gallery by day but a music venue by night. Huge room that was SO HOT when I went. Smaller room that was almost too cold. Not a bad time. It’s out of the way in Dogpatch I believe (southeast SF by the water).
Mezzanine is a good time. Dirtybird Quarterly <3. Just don’t see the very best artists booked here usually, otherwise fun. RIP soon Mez :((((
Halcyon is like Audio. Maybe a little bigger. Seems to book smaller artists like Audio often does. <insert Audio into hierarchy alongside this one>
Love & Propaganda is all crowd-pleasing “open format” (Top 40 / hip-hop, & electronic remixes of the aforementioned). Younger crowd.
Monarch has upstairs (even on Sunday nights!), plus a larger basement for Fri/Sat events some (most?) weekends. Nothing wrong with it. Great to have some house on a Sunday at least! Don’t end up there otherwise.
The Roc in Fisherman’s Wharf was way lame. Hip hop. Crowd hated dancing. Stood around. Bad layout unless you bought the big table.
Haven’t been to DNA Lounge! Classic, long-running events. Nerdy SF owner documents his financial troubles on his blog. Poor guy. Get there before it closes.
Haven’t been to F8 but I believe it’s a small venue where they’ll do a lot of trance.
City Nights is 18 and up. “Shitty Nights” the locals say. If you’re in your mid-twenties, you’ll be a grandpa there across their couple big rooms and balcony. No thanks!
After hours: 150 San Bruno near Great Northern if you can get on their list is aight for 2-6am fun. Nightclub, not after-hours vibes. Couple other spots I was invited to once but not on their lists.
The Endup is a non-underground after hours spot (no drinks 2-6). Good when you just have to keep going.
Find the good stuff here:
See who’s playing on a given night. Hit YouTube and search “[artist name] set.” Listen and consider who you like most / compare to above venue list I gave ya, pregame, rideshare, and you’ll have a great time.
Oh, and when you see expensive events on 19hz, those places are usually big venues that host all kinds of talent.
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Soooo....... everywhere can be a great time. I only avoid The Roc (lame crowd, meh hip-hop), L&P (same music every time, crowd kinda scared to dance), City Nights (for kids), Temple (cheesy music but otherwise fine and again people love it). Just keep your wallet in your front pocket and don’t get too turnt, ya know? And don’t be a woman in public (sorry ladies, life’s hard and men can SUCK sometimes).
Hit 1015, Public Works, Great Northern, and go have the time of your life my friend. ✌️
Edit - re-read your post... YES GO TO THE SHOW!!! You’ll love it if you’re into the music! You should DM me the event, I might end up there. Oh and you’re a woman so: City Nights had the most aggressive guys I’ve seen. I haven’t seen aggressive guys at Audio.
Another edit: I forgot Hawthorne. It wasn’t litty when I went once.
Also you gotta have earplugs if you go out more than a couple times a year! Keep ‘em on my keychain, use them on BART and in loud bars and at shows:
These or similar are totally worth it
I got these earplugs on recommendation from this sub. They are very helpful because you can still hear, but they cut out a lot of the background noise. They are lifesavers when I go to restaurants or my kids school functions. I use bucket style hats to cut down on my visual field. Meditative breathing has also been helpful for me. It helps to relax my body so I'm not taking all the input as intrusive and overwhelming. There are many books (I found this one helpful) and youtube videos available on meditation. One key is to get my body to relax, so I'm not all tensed up in anticipation of the sensory input. I can stand to be touched, so I also find medical massage relaxing or you can try a massage pad - I got a similar pad on sale at a local shop. I hope you find some relief soon.
Amazon has some -- these are pretty good, and I'm using these right now. If you want something locally, I know Guitar Center has some. Other guitar shops probably will also.
They should be selling lightsticks at the venue. Based on other concerts I've been to (G-Dragon, Monsta X, BTS...) I would expect it to cost between $40 and $50 but you should definitely get the official one instead of the knockoff.
As for when you should get there, I'd say at least a half hour, maybe an hour before gates open if you want merch. If you have seats and not general admission you don't need to worry too much about being incredibly early if you only want a lightstick. They usually have plenty so you should be able to get one pretty easily. I enjoy going to concerts early though because the people in line are fun to talk to and sometimes hand out and sell fan goods.
Expect to stand even if you bought a seat ticket. At the concerts I was at, people only sat down when they played videos on screen when the artist was off stage but when they were about to come back everyone stood back up. Definitely wear comfortable shoes.
Earplugs are helpful. Both the music and fans are loud and can cause some real short and long term damage to your hearing. I bought a pair of concert earplugs off Amazon and I don't know how the sound quality compares to regular cheap foam earplugs but I could hear everything just fine and it didn't make the experience worse in any way.
Learn the fanchants if you can but you don't need to stress about being exact. A lot of fans will just call out and sing along to the lyrics they know even if it isn't the "proper" fanchant.
Don't spend the whole time on your phone! Take a couple photos and videos but don't focus on getting the perfect shot. Watch the show in front of you while you're there, not through your screen. I like to keep a couple shots so I can see bits of the show again from my perspective to bring back some memories later on but you can find basically the whole concert on YouTube from other people's fancams so I don't see the reason to record entire songs.
Read the rules for the venue. Make sure your bag size and everything in it is allowed. If your bag is too big or you brought something that's not allowed they might make you go back to your car and put it away or throw it out if you don't want to wait in line again. Also even though it usually isn't allowed inside the venue, bring snacks and water for the line if you're going to be there a while.
There's a lot I could say but I think this includes a lot of the basics. I hope you have a great time at the show!
For solid cheap earplugs check out Ety plugs - it's what I use. Seem to work pretty well
Amazon! Below are the ones I have. They come with a little carrying case too.
Could you specify which you have/recommend? I'm not sure what -12db vs -20db feels like. Either of these?
Any opinion on these Downbeats? Carrying case seems nice, and it's in the middle of the db reduction range among the 3 choices.
Inexpensive but fairly effective
Pick those bad boys up, it'll help!
I have etymotic ones. Bought them on Amazon for like $18. Have used them for multiple fests, multiple years now. No more ear pain after fests.
Buy these things:
A misty water bottle
Cell phone power pack
I use these: Etymotic ETY-Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs, Standard Fit, Frost Tip [link]
Everything still sounds great, just a bit quieter.
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I have tiny ears so the squishy ones don't work for me. These stay in my ears! Etymotic ETY-Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs, Standard Fit, Frost Tip [link]
I would recommend Etymotic:
You might also consider Eargasm or DUBS.
I would highly recommend something like these as to preserve more of the high frequencies and not make it sound like you're in the upstairs bathroom at a party.
Even the sound of angles is worth a lifetime of hearing loss and ringing. Always wear earplugs at concerts. I buy these earplugs in bulk and give to my friends when we go to shows. Amazon link
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Get this type of earplug and not the cheap foam shit. These lower the overall dB without compromising sound quality. You'll be fine.
I got these ones. Pretty cheap on prime and they stayed in the whole show without the string attaching them together (and I was in the pit the whole show).
Ear Plugs - I linked the set that I use. Any high fidelity ear plugs will work. They only lower the volume, don't diminish the quality of sound. Essential if you are close.
Mints/Gum - I prefer mints bc my jaw gets tired chewing gum all day.
Spray bottle - this is something for the whole group, not just one person. But a nice mist in the middle of the day works wonders!
2) Spearmint Gum!
3) PARTY FAVORS, FAM
That's the only way I can optimally insert musician earplugs like these: [link]
Not trying to advertise :/
This is the best LPT I've seen so far. Earplugs make concerts, and especially festivals, SO MUCH BETTER. I've worn this pair of Etymotics for the last couple of years, and they're pretty great without dampening sound too much. Just got a pair of these Isolate earplugs and I really love them. Complete dampening with more clarity across the spectrum than the others. We'll see how long the foam tips last, but so far 1 week at 10hrs/day and no problems.
BONUS: at festivals, you can actually sleep!
Yes! Below is the pair I have, protect your ears!
Got these ones. These the ones? There are a lot of listings.
If you're worried about loudness you could always get some cheap Etymotics!
Re-usable and won't block out ALL the noise, just enough to be comfortable.
I had these before they got killed going through the wash, that's when I decided to go with what I have currently
As decreed by the kings of metal, MANOWAR you're both a wimp and a poser if you don't use hearing protection. Also foam earplugs are better for things like shooting or construction work where you don't really want to hear the sound. They're better than nothing and cheap but their entire purpose is to muffle the sound. For music, you want reusable earplugs that are meant to lower the volume evenly across the entire spectrum of hearing. These Etymotic earplugs are the ones that the sub recommends most though I haven't tried them. I use these Fender ones which are half the price and are effective enough that I can headbang against the speakers at my favorite venue without having to worry about the stem getting hit accidentally or having any ringing in my ears afterwards while still being able to hear the band perfectly. If you can afford it, it's best to get custom molded earplugs from an audiologist. They usually run around $200 which I can't justify spending but I hear is worth it.
If you go to concerts / danceclubs I highly recommend buying a pair that's suitable for music listening. These are specially designed to not muffle the noise just cut volume.
I have this pair:
$13 USD: [link]
The ER-20s work great but I found them uncomfortable for more than a few minutes use. I do use them while doing a full DJ set though - usually an hour but my ears canals are sore when I'm done.
These look a little nicer and when mine wear out I'm probably going to buy these as a replacement, $19 USD:
These are supposed to be more comfortable for long use.
Some reviews: [link]
I tend to trust Etymotic with in-ear products. There are bulk products as well, but they seem to be targeted for just blocking sound altogether, and not for live concert listening.
Best one imo. Sound quality is still good
I use theseand they seem to work pretty good.
I like these, and usually only forget them once every three shows.
Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs
Thankfully, I don't work in a data center, but I do use musician ear plugs for concerts (and other moderately loud venues). These guys have worked really nicely and provide a reasonably flat line attenuation. I can still hear everything. It's all just a bit quieter.
Don't bother with the foam ones, get the high fidelity earplugs. Maybe 10 bucks but much more usable and helpful, I'll link in a minute.
Edit: get these