Should I wear earplugs?
Published Mar 08, 2011I'm interested in ear protection. What are the pros and cons? Who uses them for practices and performances? What's the best to use? Thanks.
Hey there K,
If you're around loud music a lot, you should definitely consider hearing protection. Soft foam earplugs will do the job, but if you are a musician and/or you're bothered by the muffled sound of foam plugs, you might consider ordering up a set of custom-fit, hi-tech plugs that are designed to reduce volume, and filter out certain damaging frequencies while maintaining a natural sound. A decent audiologist can steer you in the right direction. Custom plugs are not cheap, but if you are a working musician they will be tax deductible at least. Now, certain dudes are all, like, "Man, I don't wear earplugs!" as if there were something wicked cool about going deaf. I say, don't listen to them now, or you won't hear them later.
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