Do you use ear plugs when playing live?

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  1. Kerry Brown

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    i've been playing live quite a bit lately. Sometimes it gets really loud. I mean concert level loud. I'm thinking of getting ear plugs to save what little hearing I have left. Can anyone recommend a brand or type that works well playing in a live situation. My only experience with hearing protection is in industrial situations. That level of protection won't work. It would be impossible to play with industrial type protection. I see quite a few brands that have musician hearing protection but would appreciate some first hand experience. Thanks!
     
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    we use those yellow foam plug ones at work.cant remember the name.there bout the best.
     
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    i keep a pair of these handy at band practice
    http://www.amazon.com/HEAROS-High-F...ie=UTF8&qid=1441936001&sr=8-5&keywords=hearos

    they do a pretty good job lowering the volume without muffling it up.

    lately i've been doing a lot of tone tweaking, so i haven't been using them. i also have a tendency not to sing as loudly and clearly when wearing them. i have yet to use them at a gig.

    i need to though. my band is quite loud..
     
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    I also have been using earplugs a long time, since around 1979. The little foam guys do a remarkably good job of reducing the high frequency damage we expose ourselves to. I also like the Etymotic Research ETY-Plugs that Sweetwater sells. The trick is finding a solution that is comfortable for you. Everyone's ears are different and what feels good to some can feel uncomfortable to others.
     
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    I did try wearing them but our drummer hits too soft and when I have plugs in I can't hear him with dodgy/no foldbacks etc. He's the only person in the band who wears plugs. I wear them when the other bands are playing.
     
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    I use shooting plugs. They have a very narrow hole through the centre. At normal talking levels, the sound goes through the hole, and you can hear - a bit softer, but you can hear. When things get loud - apparently - the air gets turbulent as it enters the hole and stops, so the plugs work as plugs. They are called Norton Sonic II. They're really old now, so they have probably been superseded.
     
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    I have been using hearing protection since I was 13 - I had been a skeet shooter and had the "ear valve" plugs before they were re-branded and sold in music stores.

    Currently I use the Etymotic research
    Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Blue Tip

    http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Rese...529393011&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1441969076&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Rese...529393011&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1441969076&sr=8-1

    2 sizes

    These do not mess up the sound quality, unlike other types of earplugs like plain foam.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I'm going to give the Etymotics a shot.
     
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    Kerry,i work at a paper mill and these are the best foam plug ones ive found here.they have others to but these are the best 20150911_112215.jpeg 20150911_112244.jpeg 20150911_112304.jpeg
     
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    Johnny, that's wonderful that you guys are wearing protection at the mill.

    The Etymotic research earplugs have a different frequency response when used. The foam plugs, although they will save your ears, are like the first batches of hearing protection I used. Effective, but they really muffled the high range.

    The Etymotics have a flatter frequency response and thus make the music sound better than the other common plugs.

    of course there are expensive custom made earplugs, but the "flat response" Hearos or Etymotics are just dandy.
     
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    ya dbb those yellow ones you cant hear diddly with them in.
     
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    No just when other people play LOL!
     
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    All seriousness aside, my wife should wear ear protection when I play. Not that I play loud, just loud enough for her to hear me.
     
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    stated with bands in 71 & worn earplugs since 71... i can't play without them/ear plugs & i pick up sounds in mixes a lot of other musicians miss, even after i point it out...

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    It's better to wear hearing protection than need hearing aids.
     
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    i wore my hearos at our last gig and have been at practices as well. it's taking some getting used to, but not too bad. definitely good peace of mind
     
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    I ended up with some Vic Firth ear plugs. They work great.
     
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    Probably would if standing in front of a 100w Marshall. I play live in my church's worship team. Play acoustic plugged straight into the board. Usually a floor monitor. It seldom gets all that loud.
     
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