Musicians have unique needs when it comes to hearing protection. They need to protect their hearing, but they also need to be able to hear their own music clearly, as well as hear other musicians’ music and voices while performing. Conventional store-bought earplugs are great at providing hearing protection, but they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling speech and sound in the process. They make music and voices very unclear and unnatural to listen to. While conventional hearing protection can reduce very high frequencies, this amount of hearing protection is typically not needed for musicians. Most musicians do not need maximum protection. What they need is mid- to low-frequency protection. This can be accomplished through musician’s earplugs that are specifically designed for their needs.
What Are Custom Musicians Earplugs?
Musicians Earplugs are the go-to solution for hearing protection when the sound source is Music. Musicians Earplugs are custom earplugs made out of a soft silicone material with a specially designed filter that reduces the intensity of the sound entering the ear in a relatively balanced manner. This allows for even attenuation (reduction) of the sound levels without unwanted coloration of the frequency spectrum, or timbre.
Why Do I need Musicians Earplugs?
Oddly enough, you need custom filtered earplugs because traditional foam earplugs do too good of a job. That's right; those colorful foam cylinders perform brilliantly! Foam earplugs block out as much sound as physically possible from traveling down your ear canal and interacting with your auditory system. Proper use of foam earplugs essentially removes the risk of hearing damage from most conceivable sound sources.
So what is the problem? Music is always the problem. Whether you are listening to it or creating it, music is not like most sound and noise sources: we don’t want to block out all of the music. We only want to reduce the levels so that we can listen and perform for longer periods of time without risking hearing loss or the development of tinnitus. Ideally, we would like to be able to accomplish all of that without changing the balance and timbre of the sound.