Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old
September 9, 2013 2:04 PM Subscribe
I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there?
posted by vibrotronica to media & arts (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Please don't just say "turn down the volume!", because a) we've already done that, and b) when you're playing in different venues, a lot of times you don't really have control of how loud things are on stage.