Exposure to loud music is one of the leading causes of noise-induced hearing loss. Musicians spend many hours practicing and performing and depend on good hearing in order to compose their music. Unfortunately, consistent exposure to loud music carries a high price. Damaging sounds can lead to a host of hearing disorders including long-term hearing loss, tinnitus and more. Musicians earplugs can help prevent noise-induced hearing loss while allowing musicians to enjoy the music and reduce their risk of developing permanent hearing damage.
Unlike traditional earplugs that block out noise, resulting in sounds that are muffled or distorted, musicians earplugs are high-fidelity, meaning they reduce sound levels evenly while keeping the original quality of the music intact. This translates to music and speech that are clear and natural, and allows musicians to hear their own instruments and how well they blend in with the other band members’.
Musicians earplugs are made up of a diaphragm and earmold that work together to produce attenuation (reduction in sound) that is smooth and flat across the entire frequency range. Many feature interchangeable attenuators that provide multiple levels of sound reduction for different listening situations (e.g., private rehearsals vs. full-scale concerts). They can be used in place of loudspeaker monitoring systems, which typically crowd the stage and increase noise levels significantly. They also benefit concertgoers, allowing them to enjoy live performances while protecting their hearing. Musicians earplugs can be used in other noisy environments such as airshows and sporting events.
If you are interested in musicians’ earplugs, please contact us at (858) 279-3277 to speak with one of our hearing healthcare professionals.