#1
I use some ear plugs when performing or when I want to just turn my amp up. Right now I'm using the memory foam disposable kind. Do these ever wear out?
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#2
if they're disposable then i'm pretty sure they wear out fairly quickly, hence them being disposable.
#4
enjoy your tinnitus

i sure don't

ear plugs only work up to a certain Db. i think about 60-Db
above that, the sound-waves penetrate thru your skull and cause ear damage
#6
As far as hearing loss goes, like most things everybody is different. Some people will experience more hearing loss from exposure to loud noises than others. Even if you don't go partially deaf, tinnitus is a terrible thing to have. The important thing to remember, obviously, is that it cannot be reversed. Once you loose it, it's gone.

Maybe you should check out some Hearo's.

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Many musicians wear in ear monitors that also protect their hearing to some degree. But like I said, everybody is effected by noise-induced hearing loss differently.
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#7
i know its not my thread,but are there any earplugs that make a person deaf as soon as they are put on i need 3 pairs of such plugs for my family members and one pair normal plugs which bring the noise down at normal db levels for me
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i know its not my thread,but are there any earplugs that make a person deaf as soon as they are put on i need 3 pairs of such plugs for my family members and one pair normal plugs which bring the noise down at normal db levels for me


Yes, its called a knife and it can be bought at walmart. Actually wait. Don't try that. Bad idea

Seriously though, there's no magic completely sound canceling earplug other than actually being deaf. Things like hearos work really well-ive got a pair of the 22NRR ones and they tame the noise of my amp down a lot.
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#9
Things like hearos work really well-ive got a pair of the 22NRR ones and they tame the noise of my amp down a lot.


This. I use hearos too and they're great, especially for the price. Granted, they aren't gonna be a set of custom formed earplugs that are good enough for a sound engineer to use in a studio, but there's nothing better if you want a cheap way to protect your hearing on stage or if you just feel like playing loud. They aren't QUITE as transparent as they claim to be, but its definitely better than shoving pieces of foam into your skull.
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enjoy your tinnitus

i sure don't

ear plugs only work up to a certain Db. i think about 60-Db
above that, the sound-waves penetrate thru your skull and cause ear damage


No idea where you heard that....60dB is VERY quiet. "Normal" conversation is around 60dB!
Ear plugs reduce loud and quiet....they don't stop after 60dB!

If you get 30dB plugs, the idea is that they take away 30dB from everything! 60db-30dB=30dB 120dB-30dB=90dB.
In all actuality, they take a LOT more away. Take a popular foam plug. It's rated at 29dB. but at 125hz it stops 32.9db. At 63Khz it stops a whopping 48.2dB!!!!

Look into "hi-fi" ear plugs. These are designed to have a much flatter frequency responce.
Most other ear plugs cut out more mids, and a LOT more highs than lows making things sound muddy and muffled.

NOTE: thses things work only when used properly (which, it seems, most people do NOT). read the directions, and make sure they are inserted properly! Your ears will thank you.

After 25 years of prolonged exposure to a noisy environment, (9 hours a day at 90dB+) countless music shows and band practices in small rooms, and 17 years of motorcycle road racing, I have nearly perfect hearing! Thanx to proper use of good ear plugs.
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#11
Get a set of Hearo's hi-fi earplugs. I swear by them. There's a slight mid cut, but everything sounds way better than it will through the foam kind.

EDIT: ^For reference, my natural speaking voice clocks in at 87db.
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#14
Have you considered Musicians Earplugs? They're ear plugs molded to your ear. You can get them made at most hearing centers in Canada/the US. Here in Canada they cost about $75 per ear.
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I strongly recommend H.E.A.R.'s site as a good resource for musicians: http://www.hearnet.com/

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NOTE: thses things work only when used properly (which, it seems, most people do NOT). read the directions, and make sure they are inserted properly! Your ears will thank you.



this; a year or so of wearing solely foam earplugs (not properly the majority of the time) and having band rehearsal several times a week in a small, loud room has given me slight tinnitus, which is such a bitch, and im only 15

definitely go for some plastic ones made for musicians, you'll need to get them eventually anyway so don't even bother with foam ones, they affect your sound in a very uneven way and pretty much muffle out all of the high end, which makes it hard to know what tone will actually sound good if you're playing live
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#18
^ It says they are great for attending concerts so I'd have to say they are good wouldn't you?


I love my Hearos. You can get your first ones for free by going to their web site. Otherwise, they are cheap.


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I have some of these in my house: http://www.hearos.com/products/extreme-protection

How are they?

While they are great protection, they are not very good for musicians. They cut out a lot more mids and highs than low end...very muffled sound, But they WILL protect your ears.
It all depends on how critical accurate sound is. Going to a concert...if your not terribly worried about the tone, they are great...If your trying to dial YOUR tone in....maybe not so much.
I suppose once your happy with your tone you could use them, but then you miss out on your awesome tone.
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#20
ive had tinnitus on and off for as long as i can remeber, even before i started going to concerts/playing in bands/ listening to loud music. its something i dont even notice anymore unless the room is dead silent and it doesnt bother me at all. plus my hearing is absolutly fine
#21
I also do vocals. Do the Hi-Fis help with hearing my own singing clearer?
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#22
Hearos hi fi do it for me. Gigs, concerts, yeah they do it. I can't comment on tinnitus because I have white noise (non hearing loss) tinnitus, other than it hasn't gotten any worse. I haven't lost any hearing however!
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#23
Short of getting custom musos earplugs...
These work well as a budget alternative: http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=7
Just get them in clear.

Everything comes through pretty clearly and the majority of the detail is preserved. They're good for clubbing and concerts; the sound comes through pretty accurately although there is a bit of a cut; but I can talk to people better in loud environments with them in, and they take away some of the harshness of dance music being played ridiculously loud.

That being said... they are a "hi-fi" earplug... and are a good "cheap" option if you only need this protection at home or the occasional gig and you want to use them elsewhere; everyone should really have a pair XD
but.. if you're gigging frequently, definitely look into a moulded pair of musician's earplugs from an audiologist for the best quality.

Ohh about vocals... you may need monitors... but I haven't had experience with a properly moulded pair, just the er-20s. I can't actually hear myself with those in, so sometimes I might talk too quietly and I sure as hell can't sing with them... The cheaper hearo type things are handy to have anyway if you go out, but yeah, you'll have to see how you go singing with them... it's weird.
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#24
I'm heavily in the corner of getting custom moulded ones, they're about $150 to start, but when it's your hearing concerned and you're a musician......

If you want to ignore that however, I'd experiment with a bunch of cheapos, before I got mine every set of cheap ones were different in terms of what frequency came through, although most just let the low end through, which as a guitarist, was not much help.
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