Conventional ear plugs (non-custom) and earmuffs.
Conventional store-bought ear plugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling too much speech, and sound in the process. They make music and voices unclear and unnatural to listen to.
Both earmuff style and (in-the-ear) Ear Plugs are perfect to protect people from high decibel issues in many locations.
Conventional hearing protection can reduce high frequencies, but this amount of hearing protection is typically too much for musicians but are perfect for many other uses. The Most Common ready-fit ear plugs reduce sound levels by approximately 20 db.
This is enough to reduce harmful sound without distorting speech or music.
These types of ear plugs fit deep in your ear to allow the plugs to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces occlusion, a hollow or boomy sound in the musicians own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality ear plugs.
This type of deep-fit earmolds (earpieces) are popular with musicians because they receive high quality sound while practicing and performing.
These devices are used by many people in many jobs. They include but are not limited to: Sound crews, Recording engineers,
Band teachers, Athletic coaches, Concertgoers, Construction workers, Disk Jockeys (DJ’s), Truck drivers, Airline personnel, NFL football players, Motorcyclists, Referees, Medical professionals, Industrial workers.
Monitors (Custom in-the-ear)
Musician’s ear plugs come in both custom and non-custom options. Many musicians around Austin like me, have discovered that Anyplace Audiology can provide high end professional monitors and hearing protection to meet our needs.
Musicians have a unique need for hearing conservation yet not removing all high fidelity They need to protect their hearing when the decibels get above 100dB. This can happen while onstage. They also need to be able to wear in-the-ear monitors so they can clearly hear their own music, as well as hear other musicians’ music and singing voices while performing.
“I understand this all too well since I lost a large amount of my high frequency hearing, as a musician, due to not protecting my hearing. As a musician, I should have protected my hearing because it does not heal itself.”
This is a list of a few manufactures of monitors with their website address just to try to help locate a great set of monitors.
- (ULTIMATE EAR)
- (64 AUDIO)
- (J H AUDIO)
- (NOBLE AUDIO)
- (EMPIRE EARS)
- (NULL AUDIO)
- (ALCLAIR AUDIO)
This is a small list compared to all the providers of these devices.