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Earplug Advice?

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Last night was the first time ever wearing earplugs to a rehearsal. They were the 3M re-usable rubber kind, which is basically like sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling 'What?' a lot. They helped with the volume quite a bit, but I couldn't tell what anything sounded like - no detail, blanket-over-everything mush pretty much.

I'm going for a hearing test in a month or so but in the meantime would like to find a pair that maintains the actual sound, just lowered a few notches.

Got anything?

 

(I searched the HFC because I thought we'd done this before, but came up empty)

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I just got a set of Eargasm plugs - I had them at a rehearsal a couple of weeks ago, and they helped knock down the higher frequency pain associated with standing next to a loud snare/cymbal.  I didn't have the fuzzy, hissing sound in my ears on the drive home.

Had them at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night for Teenage Fanclub, and although they've really got the sound dialed in well there, I brought them along.  They did better than the Hearos and a few other brands I've tried over the years, but there was a little loss of the high-end "shimmer".  I pulled them out slightly, and it sounded better, but I don't know if that defeated the purpose or not.

 

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52 minutes ago, cmatthes said:

I just got a set of Eargasm plugs

Are those made in Nantucket?

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Hey Guys, you should check these out, they are amazing.

https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20xs.html - comes in different sizes ( I like these best )

https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20xs-uf.html - universal fit version comes with interchangeable sizes

They lower sound evenly across the frequency spectrum -20db. You can have conversation, play your guitar loud and still hear and feel the little harmonic nuances that are usually lost with other hearing protection. Just incredible plugs!

 

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I had my audiologist make some impressions and the resulting the fitted earpieces accept filters of  -5, -10, -15 db and so on. Good luck with the hearing test.

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9 hours ago, PFunk said:

I had my audiologist make some impressions and the resulting the fitted earpieces accept filters of  -5, -10, -15 db and so on. Good luck with the hearing test.

I did this too.  I've had mine for over 10 years so the $100 they cost was well worth it.  I'm about to get some new ones because the ones I have have lost their "rubberyness" over the years and I'm sure my ear shape must have changed at least a little.

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I use Earpeace plugs. They come with three sets of inserts for various levels of reduction.

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I've had my ears fitted for custom earplugs twice and fit them with ER-15 filters.  It sounds pretty damn good except they buff the highs just a tiny bit.  I believe my audiologist sent my molds to place called westlab. I would recommend it.

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On 3/22/2019 at 5:19 PM, cmatthes said:

I didn't have the fuzzy, hissing sound in my ears on the drive home.

I guess it's too late if you have that going on 24/7/365?

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3 hours ago, kizanski said:

I guess it's too late if you have that going on 24/7/365?

WHAT?!

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On 3/26/2019 at 11:23 AM, kizanski said:

I guess it's too late if you have that going on 24/7/365?

It’s never too late. Your ears will still whistle but less so. Trust me, I have tinnitus all the time and not wearing the plugs makes it massively bad.

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On 3/26/2019 at 1:23 PM, kizanski said:

I guess it's too late if you have that going on 24/7/365?

Unfortunately...  But hey, I'm never alone. 

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2 hours ago, killerteddybear said:

It’s never too late. Your ears will still whistle but less so. Trust me, I have tinnitus all the time and not wearing the plugs makes it massively bad.

No, I think it's too late.
When your ENT prescribes hearing aids, and not ear plugs, it's too late.

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I don't go anywhere or do anything that requires I wear ear plugs.  I've dodged Tinnitus.  I don't even shoot my AR or my PPK anymore.   

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