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WHAT?! A Word on Ear Protection

by onJuly 1, 2017
 

All live music lovers, and especially the speaker huggers in the EDM scene: listen up! Assaulting your fragile eardrums with high decibel sound on a regular basis could be costing you your hearing.

Honestly…it doesn’t even need to be on a regular basis to do irreparable damage.

If developing tinnitus (buzzing or ringing in the ears) is not something you want to include in your life journey, it is strongly recommended that you protect your ears from the intense vibrations of the loud music to which they are exposed at various music events. Pretty much any Walmart or major convenience store will have your run-of-the-mill ear protection available for purchase. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to invest in some ear protection; for your hearing’s sake.

Any old standard earplugs will protect your ears. I even try to keep a couple of sterile pairs in my purse for when friends or neighbors begin experiencing discomfort, due to the sometimes unrelenting sound. However, if you prefer not to greatly degrade the quality of the sound you are experiencing; there are lots of great and affordable options to choose from.

Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs (ER20)

…come with a sizeable number of recommendations. At just under fifteen dollars, they are a reasonably priced selection for regular concert-goers and clubbers alike. If you purchase from their website directly, you can receive discounts when bundling your order. Go in on a big order with your rave ram to save some green!

Earasers Musicians High Fidelity Earplugs

…have been my personal choice for shows. These plugs are incredibly comfortable and secure. To me, the earasers do not muddle the sound to a degree that is very noticeable. These allow me to keep my ears safe whilst enjoying the scrumptious subtleties that make music the powerful experience that it is. In my opinion, they are worth every penny of $37.99 ($39.99. for large size).

If you have especially sensitive ears, you may want to consider having a pair custom made. These are more costly than buying a prefabbed earplug, but (from what I hear) are totally worth the money (upwards of $100). Your hearing is f*cking priceless, anyway. Custom made earplugs also have the highest quality acoustics. Serious audiophiles may find it worth it to invest the extra money into customs.

Snug Safe n Sound Kids Earmuffs – Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders For Children and Adults

For kids, I recommend ear muffs. They do degrade the sound, but your child’s incredibly fragile eardrums are more important than hearing a crystal-clear sound. These are also a good option for adults who take issue with inserting anything into their ears.

There are plenty of other ear protection models on the market! Do your own research to determine which earplug will best suit your hearing wants and needs.

Ashley Eyes

Ashley Eyes

Massachusetts raised, Sun Devil living in Tempe, Arizona. Earning a BS in Sustainability ~ hoping to solve sustainability problems at music festivals.
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