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Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old

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? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

NRR-rated in-ear headphones?

I'm looking to find out whether any brand of in-ear headphones also carry a noise reduction rating (NRR). I'm not so much shopping for headphones as for earplugs with a headphone feature. [more inside]
posted by tirade on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

WHAT?

Earplug recommendation needed for concerts. Complication: tiny, tiny ear canal. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 15, 2013 - 20 answers

It's yo' cat / It's yo' problem!

CatLivingFilter: One of my roommate's two cats has become very attached to me, probably because my roommate (by his own admission) inherited the cat from an ex relationship and never really liked it that much. That's cool--I like cats, and cats like me. What I don't like is that the cat has become so attached that it will yell inconsolably outside my door, scratch at my door, and sometimes even bash into my door in despair of not being in my room. This has become a major sleep disrupting problem for me. What can I reasonably expect my roommate to do to respond to this situation? [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement on Feb 14, 2013 - 35 answers

Save my marital bed from the plague of snoring?

My husband snores incredibly loudly. It makes sleeping next to him very difficult. Are there any unconventional recommendations - i.e. beyond drugstore earplugs and a white noise machine - to tolerate it? This is starting to really fray our marriage. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 22, 2012 - 60 answers

The loudest sound

Noise annoys: ear plug recommendations? Problem: I still need to hear something... [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Dec 10, 2012 - 11 answers

What are good ear plugs that are effective and that I can sleep in?

What are some good ear plugs available that are capable of muffling subwoofers? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Nov 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Will you please be quiet please? -- But I am!

What's the best strategy for handling an enraged neighbor? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jul 20, 2011 - 26 answers

Noise-Canceling Things

Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jun 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Death of the party

Can you recommend earplugs I can wear to bed at night to block out city noise but allow me to hear my alarm in the morning? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 10, 2011 - 28 answers

Help with Natural Ear Plugs?

I made Natural Ear Plugs - Now Need the Cool Eco Packaging - and help. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Why do ear plugs hurt so much?

I experience excruciating pain when putting in and removing foam ear plugs. Why? [more inside]
posted by that girl on Jan 4, 2010 - 19 answers

help me find comfortable earplugs for clubbing

I want to start going clubbing, but I also want to keep my hearing intact. Earplug selection help needed! [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Oct 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Where can I buy sound protecting earmuffs for infants in Toronto?

Where can I buy children's ear muffs (for sound protection, not warmth) in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Oct 6, 2009 - 5 answers

What are the best earplugs for swimming?

What are the best ear plugs for swimming? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on Sep 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Silence me

Makeshift earplugs??? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Sep 18, 2009 - 13 answers

stuffy ear is driving me bananas.

My left ear is stuffy almost every day. Allergies + Qtip use + Earplugs = ? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jul 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Cockadoodle STFU!

I need some earplugs to block out rooster crows while I sleep. Help! [more inside]
posted by @homer on Jul 20, 2009 - 21 answers

buzz off

I live in an apartment that gets a lot of street noise, so sometimes I use earplugs when it gets to be too much. The problem is that when I use them I hear a constant buzzing noise that's really distracting. [more inside]
posted by trig on Jun 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Best Earplugs/Earmuff for sleeping with a snorer?

What's the best set of noise cancelling apparatus you can get and sleep in? Earplugs? Noise cancelling muffs? [more inside]
posted by beezy on Jun 2, 2008 - 17 answers

I wash my ears regularly, I swear...

How do I wash / clean foam earplugs (specifically, these ones) without completely ruining them? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 7, 2008 - 17 answers

Shure SE310 vs. Etymotic ER6 with a catch.

I've been given a pair of Shure SE310 earphones for Christmas. This is fantastic. However, Etymotic makes the ER6s which can be fitted into custom earplug molds. I happen to already have the custom earplug molds for my musician's earplugs. Should I keep the Shures or exchange them for ER6s? [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Dec 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Any Advantage to Custom-fitted Earplugs?

Are custom fitted noise-reducing earplugs any better than cheaper off-the-shelf ones? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Oct 1, 2007 - 9 answers

blu tac earplugs

I use that Blu Tac stuff for earplugs every night. It's that blue (or sometimes yellow) adhesive that you use to stick posters to the wall. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on May 5, 2006 - 23 answers

Quiet, ye dogs! Looking for earplugs.

Can anybody recommend some good earplugs? [more inside]
posted by socratic on Jul 7, 2005 - 16 answers

Earplugs for concerts

Has anyone had any experience with buying earplugs for use at concerts? [more inside]
posted by maledictory on Jun 9, 2005 - 27 answers

Is frequent use of earplugs/earphones bad for my health?

Does frequent use of earplugs and earbud heaphones mean I'll get sick more often? I suspect so but havent found any research to back this up. [more inside]
posted by skallas on Oct 13, 2004 - 7 answers

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