#1
Probably gonna be a quick thread, but I just found out that I'm going to be seeing the Screaming Females for the second time in a couple months ( ), and I remember the first time being the most painfully loud concert I've ever been to. So I'm planning on getting earplugs for the concert. However, I don't know if there's a certain kind I should get, or if generic ones from the store will do just fine.

Also, I know people say that earplugs improve the sound or something like that for concerts. How does that work? What does it sound like with them in? Thanks brahs.
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Buttplugs.

Listen mang, I'm pretty damn well-versed in wearing buttplugs to concerts. This is about earplugs. Ear. Plugs.
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I can't imagine them being really loud. Anyway, you should always wear earplugs, they're cheap, save your ears, and not really an inconvenience. Wearing earplugs takes off that "bite" in the sound that hurts, everything still sounds good though.
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I can't imagine them being really loud. Anyway, you should always wear earplugs, they're cheap, save your ears, and not really an inconvenience. Wearing earplugs takes off that "bite" in the sound that hurts, everything still sounds good though.

It was killer, almost couldn't differentiate between the songs it was so loud.

And generic ones like these are good?

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srs ans- It is generally not a good idea to share buttlpugs earplugs with others.

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#9
Assuming you buy some nice(ish) earplugs and don't simply buy cheap and nasty ones then they certainly do improve the quality. They filter out the harsh highs and lows and normalise the volume whilst minimising environment sounds, meaning that you get an overall more balanced sound.

As for what kind to get, I have Alpine Music Safe Pro's, they cost about £20 if I remember correctly. Sounds a lot but then they are pretty much a one off buy and will last for ever unless you lose them. With regards to such, I recommend buying them before the gig and working out how to put them in securely and comfortably beforehand. It's easy to do, but if you're doing it for the first time whilst being jostled in the crowd or the queue then chances are they'll slip out part way through the gig and you'll lose them. I would assume cheaper ones are fine though, I only have more expensive ones because I went to about 12 gigs in a two week period and didn't want to run the risk.
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Generic ones tend to cut out a lot of treble, so will save some hearing but ruin the sound for you.

So should I go with something like these? (definitely plan on doing more research on which pair to get, but just using that as a starting point)
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#11
Generic is fine, at least for the shows I've been to. I always start with them in, and then occasionally take them out for the encore or something if I feel like it (not recommended). I've never had super high quality ones. Maybe someday.
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So should I go with something like these? (definitely plan on doing more research on which pair to get, but just using that as a starting point)


Get the ER-20s. Everyone in my band uses them. They work great and are cheap. Not worth getting anything more expensive unless you're going custom, IMO.
#14
Just politely ask them if they could play a little quieter than usual.
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#15
I agree with the ER-20's, I wear them now. The cheap ones are ok for noise reduction but are not really designed to retain any sound quality so typically the low end will be far louder than anything else as it travels through less-dense materials easier.

I used to wear a pair of earplugs designed to keep more of the clarity of the music but just turn down the highs a bit more than the rest (think the noise reduction can't have been more than 12-17dB averaged) and partly because they were no good and partly because I didn't like singing with them in so only wore them before and after playing, and at other people's gigs, I now have mild tinnitus - while I'm sure other people have it far worse, and I consider mine mild as it doesn't take too much to mask the ringing, I wouldn't wish it on anyone and it makes it a lot harder to sleep to the point where I currently have to sleep with the tv on at a lower-than-usual-viewing volume so I can focus on hearing that rather than the ringing in my ear that is covered by the pillow.
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It was killer, almost couldn't differentiate between the songs it was so loud.

And generic ones like these are good?


That's what I use, usually have a bunch around from going hunting and such. I stick with really cheap ones like that because it's easy to lose them at shows.
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Hearing, while taken for granted by most, should NOT be ****ed with. I fear I've developed a slight case of tinnitus as well. I can almost always hear ringing in my ears if I listen for it. It's very easy to mask and it doesn't keep me up at night, but I'm wearing plugs from now on.

Honestly, from the horror stories I've heard of Tinnitus, I'd rather go deaf than live with it in full form.
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Hearing, while taken for granted by most, should NOT be ****ed with. I fear I've developed a slight case of tinnitus as well. I can almost always hear ringing in my ears if I listen for it. It's very easy to mask and it doesn't keep me up at night, but I'm wearing plugs from now on.

Honestly, from the horror stories I've heard of Tinnitus, I'd rather go deaf than live with it in full form.

As I consider mine similar to yours (in that I am getting more able to distract myself from it even when it isn't being masked by music/tv and as I'm a bit of a worrier, I probably made it worse in my mind for a while by constantly letting it get to me), get to a doctor ASAP just so they can help diagnose it and make sure nothing else is causing it - while it may not be curable, there are more life-threatening things that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

I've had the ringing since a few days after NYE (bizarrely, I went on tour in early December and didn't notice it when I came back or over xmas so it would appear being in a loud pub on NYE did it for me) and while I haven't been able to get rid of it by using an anti-inflammatory nasal spray, the doc has referred me to an Ear Nose & Throat specialist to do the required tests etc. and see what can be done.

Just try and remember that millions of people suffer from it at a mild level, for at least part of their lifetime, and some people have it for 6 months or more before it suddenly goes with no explanation so it isn't always permanent - but even if it is, people learn to live with it and of the people I know who have it, they have kept their sanity and lead normal lives. One got it from an ear infection and is a successful teacher, and a friend of my dad's had it for a while and was rejected from joining the fire service twice because of it before a few months down the line it became unobtrusive and he was allowed to join. There is hope
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use your fingers as ears plugs puss-aye

That looks even worse, standing at a gig with your fingers in your ears
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That looks even worse, standing at a gig with your fingers in your ears


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#23
I use Hear-o's. Absolutely recommended. Only downside is that it cuts out the mids just a little bit.
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