Reddit mentions of Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs (Concerts, Musicians, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Sensitivity and Universal Hearing Protection) - Standard, Clear Stem w/ Blue Tip

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Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs (Concerts, Musicians, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Sensitivity and Universal Hearing Protection) - Standard, Clear Stem w/ Blue Tip
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  • Includes: 1 pair standard fit ETY Plugs with blue tips, neck cord, and carrying case
  • Replicates the natural response of the ear, so sound quality is the same as the original, only quieter. Music and speech are clear, not muffled.
  • Reduces risk of hearing damage from loud noise such as concerts, theatres, airshows, parades, athletic and motorsports events.
  • Enhances the music experience; Allows musicians to hear their own instrument and their blend with others.
  • Not recommended for use with impulse noise, e.g., shooting sports. Not recommended for sleeping.
  • Low cost, ready-fit hearing protection with cord and case
  • Replicates the ear's natural response
  • Sound quality is preserved
  • Speech is clear, not muffled
  • Reduces sound approximately 20 decibels at all frequencies
ColorClear Stem / Blue Tip
Height6 Inches
Length0.75 Inches
Number of items1
Size1 Count (Pack of 1)
Weight0.04 Pounds
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Found 356 comments on Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs (Concerts, Musicians, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Sensitivity and Universal Hearing Protection) - Standard, Clear Stem w/ Blue Tip:

u/chimpfunkz · 375 pointsr/gifs

Shameless plug, buy a pair of earplugs like this. They are easy to carry, and help dampen the ridiculously loud sounds. I keep them on my keys, and use them almost everywhere I go. Movies, Bars, Concerts, hell even at conventions.

Not even an affiliate link or anything either. Just trying to spread the word.

u/iBird · 118 pointsr/IsItBullshit

As a side note, if you go to conerts/festivals or any place with loud music, I absolutely cannot recommend how important it is to protect your ears. I use these and it doesn't hinder the experince at all, there are other similar types, but this is the one I got recommend over 5 years ago, and they work great. It actually improves the experience IMO, some places have such loud music, you end up leaving with some really weird headspace thing going on and it can be hard to hear for the next few hours. They don't mask the sound of the music, it just reduces the amount of decibels your ears take in, which is one of the ways your hearing can be damaged. You can talk to a person normally and hear them just fine, you don't have to take them out to have a conversation. I hope this helps even one person, hearing loss is no joke and it's so easy to protect yourself. It's on a similar level to me as how important sunscreen is during extended periods of being in the sun.

u/danlg · 58 pointsr/trap



Alright, small wall of text time:

Think about your parents and the shows they went to…

"Oh yeah, my hearing's still a little fuzzy from all those shows back in the day. Got to see the Stones! Could barely hear em cause THE CROWD WAS TOO LOUD"

Think about that for a second - we're living in a time where you can barely talk to the person standing next to you the speakers are so loud. Hearing loss does NOT take very long to take effect and it lasts FOREVER. That high pitched ringing is you hearing that frequency for the LAST time.

There are 3 ways to protect your ears:

No money

Some money

Real money/Requires a doctors appointment

All-in I would say the custom plugs are a $200 investment but they are SO WORTH IT I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU. I wear them whenever I go out OR play. Always. I want my hearing forever - my career depends on it.

u/Funkagenda · 35 pointsr/AskMen

Not who you asked the question to, but I'll chime in anyway.

If you expose yourself to enough loud sounds, eventually one of two things is going to happen: you will lose your hearing (either quickly or slowly), or you will develop tinnitus. Here's a bunch of great examples of what tinnitus can sound like:

Personally, in my early days in university, I was constantly exposing my ears to hugely unsafe volumes, either through listening to music in my headphones or by going to concerts with unprotected ears. Decent earplugs are cheap as hell and custom-moulded "musician" plugs aren't terribly expensive either, especially if you go to a lot of concerts.

I DJ pretty regularly and go to a fair number of concerts, so for me hearing protection is a major concern. That being said, I can tell that I've done major damage to my hearing because I've pretty much always got a ringing sound in my ears that for sometimes no reason at all becomes very loud for a few minutes.

So, protect your ears. It's easy to do and doesn't take much money.

u/RAATL · 32 pointsr/aves

yeah you're gonna want to opt for audiophile earplugs like these:

Those ones you linked are built for maximum sound dampening in factory-like environments, like when you're using a jackhammer. You'd be much better off with the etymotics (or a similar brand)

u/chason_htx · 30 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I like the Etymotic Research ER20s. The only problem I've had is cleaning them too much and some water got clogged in one, so it kind of sounds funny now. That said, they're still cheap and last a good while.

Been meaning to buy the Alpine MusicSafe Pros... they look very nice. They have adjustable filters and will fit under headphones.

Buy NICE earplugs now, ones that you can wear and not get pissed because you can't hear the music. This will save your hearing in the long run. I have permanent tinnitus, and it sucks.

And remember, engineers who don't protect their ears have short careers!

u/deathofthesun · 28 pointsr/Metal

I bought a set of these that work really well ... which I forget about half the time and wind up snagging a pair of these from whatever drugstore is closest to the venue.

I don't end up needing them for every show, but thanks to over a decade and a half of metal and punk shows (and Motörhead and Trouble in particular) I've got mild tinnitus that I'm not looking to make any worse.

u/ride365 · 26 pointsr/EDM

Imma go ahead and be the old man that I am - Earplugs! Don't fuck up your hearing - you never get it back. I love the bass and loudness as much as anyone, but don't be dumb - tinnitus is no joke. pack something like these so you don't lose fidelity, just volume -

u/whereami1928 · 23 pointsr/Kanye

These are the ones I have, can recommend. Comfy and they keep a decent sound quality. Have never had my ears hurt/ring like the did at Saint Pablo since wearing them.

u/PeteyWinkle · 23 pointsr/DJs

For people who say they are too broke/lazy or overwhelmed with the idea of getting custom plugs, Etymotic has a standard fit model that is really good and relatively inexpensive.

[Here] ( is a link so you have no excuse not to get them today

Also remember that literally anything is better than nothing. Even the cheap foam plugs are helpful.

u/JMaboard · 23 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

True statement about the ear plugs.

I got these and they don't muffle sound like most do and last a long time.

u/bolanrox · 21 pointsr/Guitar

i used for shows / reshearsals, concerts / anything else in life:

Everything exactly the same eq just quieter. they go for 12 -20ish depending on model. they last forever too.. When i got them they were recommended as the next step before custom molded pro ones.

Dear go I wish I found them sooner.

u/runwithpugs · 18 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld

This is why I always bring ear plugs to Disney parks. And if I forget, my first stop is always the medical office to pick up a pair of disposable ones. It really does make most rides more enjoyable (I'm constantly amazed at how ear-piercingly loud most rides are, especially given that so many children ride them).

u/bmhatfield · 17 pointsr/audioengineering

Etymonics are pretty good: Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs:

u/djdementia · 17 pointsr/LifeProTips

If you go to more than one concert a year do yourself a favor and buy specially designed ones for listening to music. They do a much better job of making the music sound more natural and they aren't that expensive.

I'm a DJ and have been using Etymic Research ER-20s for probably close to 15 years now (bought them when they were originally EarLove). They are only $13 on amazon (several sized & color options):

If you don't like those, here is a run down of some other brands with various prices (most are around $20-$30 or so):

u/mezz · 16 pointsr/LifeProTips

This is really important. I have at least one friend in their 20s with tinnitus, not good.

I bought these ear plugs, and have bought them for other people. Well worth it. Some day I'll save up for a trip to an audiologist and real musician's ear plugs, but until then these $9 ones have all the same hearing protection ability, and sound much better than foam ones.

u/solonelywhen · 16 pointsr/bangtan

The screaming is the most intense I've ever heard in my life. 😂

I have this pair of musician ear plugs that I wear to all the concerts I go to and even though they're really basic they're still great at drowning out the screams while preserving the quality of the music.

I think I honestly would have been really sad without them because when I took them out for a minute I literally could barely hear the music over the screaming in my section.

u/braken · 15 pointsr/TechnoProduction

I'm a 40 year old with very present tinnitus (years of punk and rock concerts and playing in bands, DnB and Techno raves/club nights, a decade working in a wood shop around loud, high pitched machinery, and more recently dnb/techno production). There are a few things that have helped me out.

  • Always be conscious of your listening volume. For me this means finding the volume I instinctively want to listen to things at then rolling back a few notches. I also use an SPL meter on my phone occasionally to test my listening position but I don't consider it accurate.
    It doesn't take long for the turned down listening volume to sound normal/pleasing, but it does take some time to get used to being conscious of how loud I want vs what is safe.
    This is the only magic bullet in my suggestions, the rest are just things that I do to help. Control your volume!

  • Ear protection when I'm gigging or at shows. I have a couple sets of these guys that I keep in my gig bags and other places that are easy to remember when I'm going to a show. They're reasonably priced and don't make everything sound like shit

  • This one won't be popular, but I keep a neutral always-on EQ on my 2bus when producing/arranging. Currently I have a 6db LP filter rolling off everything above 18kHz pretty much all the time. I only turn it off when I move to mix/master, and as the final stage during sound design (I specifically plan to treat the top end last, and when the eq gets turned off, the volume gets turned down). I've tried a few different things (setting the LP higher/lower, using a dynamic shelf on everything above 15kHz, etc), but the 18k filter works best for me

  • Finally, I recently switched from closed back cans to open back and it's made a huge difference. My ears are less fatigued so I don't get into the trap of constantly turning things up during long sessions
u/10GuyIsDrunk · 15 pointsr/headphones

>I usually blast white noise into my headphone but it makes me tired and my ears are buzzing sometimes.

You need to stop doing this, as in right now, and never do it again at that volume, it sounds like you're giving yourself hearing damage. Never use headphones or earbuds to overpower outside noises.

If you want a quieter time working you could try using something like these. If you want to not be distracted then just listen to music at a reasonable volume and learn to not pay attention to those sounds because you will still hear them no matter what you use.

If those noises are so distracting they're limiting your ability to work or if your ears are sensitive to those sounds to that point, you should consult a doctor about it. But no matter what, stop trying to overpower the sound with headphones.

u/mungchamp · 15 pointsr/phish

You ABSOLUTELY should wear earplugs. It is horrible advice and negligent to not take care of your ears at a rock show.

There are cheap options online that will save you from Tinnitus. I have custom earplugs, and have been to a few hundred shows, Phish being a majority, but the only way to have a lifetime of music enjoyment is to take care of your ears.

Take care of your shoes too.

u/Skeptikel · 15 pointsr/electronicmusic

Adding to this, you don't have to sacrifice sound quality for lower volume!

There exists what is known as "Musician's Earplugs" and they are AMAZING and a great investment ($20 fuck yeah!). Essentially they are earplugs that lower the "volume" of all sound around you, but without muffling anything and keeping everything sounding clear still. Imagine a real-life volume control.

You DON'T have to break the bank to get awesome hearing protection. I HIGHLY recommend these (and so do thousands of others who have done any research at all): Etymotic ER-20 Universal Musician's Earplugs which you can get for extremely cheap.

They will stick out of your ears a LITTLE bit, but no one has ever mentioned it to me yet because no one really focuses on ears in a club/loud event. I used these before I got my custom-made ones and they do the job perfectly. Trust me, find the loose change to get a pair of these and you won't have to worry about hearing damage after that night out clubbing. They are re-usable, and you don't have to wash em (your earwax is clean!). Maybe just a quick wipe with a tissue/cloth to remove excess earwax build up but that's it.

You can get them for under $25 from Amazon, or your local musical instruments or DJ store. They will reduce the sound around you by around 20 dB, which is the difference between ringing in your ears when you're in bed after a night of clubbing (a sign of your ears being exposed to too loud sound!), and no pain at all and no permanent hearing damage in the future (tinnitus is the worst thing ever!). If anything, music and conversations actually sound clearer and better when you wear these in a loud event because it lowers the volume of noise around you.

Just to show you how much I value my ears, I recently purchased a pair of $250 (yup, no typo!) custom-made musician's earplugs. They fit pretty much perfectly in my ears because I had a mold of both my ear canals made by an audiologist, and sent off to an earplugs manufacturer to get them custom made. The result is a very comfortable, unnoticeable pair of earplugs, which is one of the best investments I've made in my DJ/music lover life. I have never been into a club/loud event/festival without a pair of earplugs before.


u/mikron2 · 15 pointsr/Coachella

These are way better than the foam ear plugs. I would take them out just to make sure they were really working, that's how clear the sound was. My ears were never ringing the entire weekend, even being next to speakers, or up front. Any hi-fidelity earplug will do over the foamies though.

u/davidigital · 14 pointsr/Coachella

Things I've bought on Amazon and highly recommend:

u/[deleted] · 14 pointsr/audiophile

If you attend concerts invest in some ear protection. Even these $10 Etymotics are excellent for the price.

I have permanent hearing loss from a concert. The band decided it would be a great idea to play stadium levels in a small bar, and I decided it would be a great idea to "man-up" and not plug my fingers into my ears. I'm sure the music sounded good, but I couldn't hear the intricacies over the rippling sound of my hair cells dying. After the show all I heard was that muffled hushed sound filtering real life. This even persisted into the next day. Since then my right ear hears maybe 15% to 20% less than my left, my left may hear less as well but in contrast to the right it hears fine. Treble is just not as beautiful as it could be. I can maybe hear up to 16KHz and I'm not even 30. Learn from my mistake, protect your ears. You only get one pair, keep them pristine as long as possible...

u/dcoopz010 · 14 pointsr/bassnectar

Also, good ear plugs make the show more enjoyable. You still hear everything clearly, and feel all that wonderful bass, but it doesn't physically hurt.

Good ear plug brands:

u/WhiteRic3 · 14 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs

these ones

Pretty good quality and if you have a prime you can get them before edc!

u/richardsim7 · 13 pointsr/AskUK

Ear-plugs - they're so important if you go to live concerts.

You only get one set of ears, which will never heal, so for the love of christ, protect them

Here's a rough guide of safe exposure times

u/Starboard_7 · 13 pointsr/dubstep

Here are some great earplugs that are relatively cheap. They don't ruin the sound quality either, just bring the volume down.

u/140dB · 12 pointsr/techtheatre

I’ve got a set of customs from and absolutely love them. But they were a couple hundred bucks. They also have some clear generic fit musician ear plugs that are a little more discrete than the bright orange ones. Plus they’re cheap and reusable. $20 on Amazon

u/tooldvn · 11 pointsr/nin

Wellll... the right earplugs don't diminish the quality. If you go get those foam hunting ones its going to muffle everything. What you want are these musicians earplugs.

They will bring the sound down by 20db while keeping the fidelity. These are my faves, Etymotics, been using them for years. But if you want to see other options, just search musicians ear plugs on Amazon to see all the brands.

u/Theso · 11 pointsr/EDM

Earplugs. Seriously, get some nice earplugs. It's loud as fuck even with them in... and the important part is the tactile sensation of the bass anyhow, which is unhindered by them. You don't need the loud hissing high-end that just grates on your ears all night. You'll thank me when you don't hear ringing for three days after, and when you don't develop permanent hearing loss from going to shows. It's really important and I can't believe more people don't care about it...

Check out something like these (they're designed to not muffle anything):

Edit: Oh, and stay hydrated. Don't wear heavy clothing, because you will overheat.

u/arriflex77 · 10 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

This is only like my fourth comment telling you to go, haha. Tips for a festival:

  1. If you plan on ingesting drugs, test them before doing so. You can get a test kit from or the Bunk Police. You'll need an Erlich (spelling?) test for LSD, though. The community at these kinds of events tends to be a bit smarter and safer about substances than mainstream, but it never hurts to be careful. You will have a good time whether or not you do so!!! I just know that these are common so I like to put the word out there about safety in case it helps someone. Also, do your research on psychedelics if you haven't done them before and end up offered any or want to try them at the fest. It may not be the best space for you to do so (though could be awesome) and you want to be wary of beginner dosage, and feel safe, etc. As for MDMA/E/Molly, it's impossible to have a bad time if it's pure and an appropriate (not high) dose, but should always be tested, and remember- you really should never roll more than once every couple of months. I know so many people who don't know anything about drug safety and don't care and crash crazy hard after festivals trying to roll 3 nights in a row. As someone who values my physical and mental sanity more than partying super hard, it's really not necessary and the community at these events is so amazing that you'll have a good time without it every night.

  2. Make a comprehensive camping list and update it as things come to you that you might need. Things that you might not think of off the top of your head: more sunscreen than you need, a headlamp or flashlight for tents and portapotties at night, condoms, baby wipes (!!!!!!!), hand sanitizer, a battery-powered fan for airflow in the tent, an EZ-up for shade, extra batteries for everything, a backpack/fanny pack/festival pack for carrying shit, check how cool it gets at night and BRING APPROPRIATE LAYERS, gallons of bottled water or an empty gallon bottle you can fill and keep at camp (saving you trips to water station), a spray bottle/water spritzer can feel nice if it's really hot, a long mirror (for getting ready), a light cover-up (think thin scarf/shawl) for daytime sun protection (and you can use it to sit/lay on if it's big enough), and remember that being comfortable wins out over looking good in the end. If you want fun outfits make sure you can live and dance in them for hours on end and that you don't mind them getting super grimy. In the same vein, don't feel obligated about makeup. It can be fun to do but I end up just going without because I get dirty and sweaty and also in the case of Symbiosis, was spontaneously swimming very often. Also, I like to buy knock-off Toms for cheap online (like 10 bucks) because they're ultra comfy and I feel ok totally trashing them during a fest and they're easy to take on and off. My other go-to shoes are my Doc Martens, they can be cleaned easily so I don't worry about the dust. Also, if you know anyone with a Camelbak or similar water-carrying backpack, those rock for carrying lots of water on you. Check out /r/festivals!

  3. Pace yourself. A long weekend gets tiring. My bf and I are weirdos who like our sleep schedule on track and our last festival we went to bed at like 10pm a couple of nights... that way we had energy to wake up for a 6am set we wanted to see (bonus, sunrise over a lake). Depending how close you are to the stages, you might need to take something to help you sleep as it could be loud if you try to do this. Some people can go all night and power through on 2 hrs of sleep and gnarly hangovers every day, but some people can't. Respect your limitations, and don't drink or smoke too much the first couple days if it'll kill your mood for the next couple. And stay hydrated!!!

  4. Portable external battery charger, pre-charged, for your phone.

  5. A watch, so that when your phone does die, you can still make it to meeting points with friends or your favorite artist's set on time.

  6. Have a few sets in mind you definitely wanna see but don't adhere to a schedule the whole time. Exploration is the best!

  7. My favorite festival food treat is fresh fruit (bonus points if consumed during/after tripping). I love keeping big box of fruit salad in the cooler- watermelon, mango, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, whatever. Great for sharing with neighbors on hot days, they will thank you.

  8. You can get decibel-lowering earplugs that don't muffle noise as much if you're noise sensitive or want to protect your ears. I have these.

  9. Make your camp homey! If you are able to, bring a couple camping chairs, a foldable table, etc. I like to bring decorations (tapestries or brightly colored pieces of fabric, old curtains, solar-powered Christmas lights). You'll be much more comfortable relaxing, eating, drinking, etc before going out to the fest grounds. Other campsite necessities are cups, utensils, TRASH BAGS (ALSO, tie them up somewhere if possible to keep away ants!), paper towels, toilet paper, a knife, a hammer for tent and canopy stakes (seriously don't forget this) etc. Also helps to keep a bottle opener and lighter out on the table!
u/dynamically_drunk · 10 pointsr/funny

For live music? I've only used cheap-o foam (vinyl) ones a few times and they seem to attenuate way too much of the spectrum. Always just sounds muddy and destroys a lot of the detail.

I do however hear great things about the Etymotic ear plugs. I have never used them personally (I got custom molded Etymotic ear plugs and could not be happier) but have a bunch of friends who use them and really like them.

u/Jefe25 · 10 pointsr/ElectricForest

So I will start with the list of things I already have saved from surfing this sub


These are great to put over your tent to keep the light and heat out in the morning so you dont wake up in a sauna at 7am

And finally, I will never attend another festival again without this stuff, it is a foaming body wash that does not require water. We use it at my work all the time for bed baths and whatnot, so I thought I would try it for a festival and it works quite well. It doesnt get you as clean as a normal shower but this and baby wipes can keep you feeling fresh the whole weekend (just dont use it on hair)

u/wanderingsong · 10 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I keep recommending these to people, but HERE I GO AGAIN.

If you can't afford custom-molded earplugs, buy these now. $10 a pop. I've gone through 2 pairs in 6 years (don't do anything dumb to them, rinse them off after every use or every 2 uses, they hold up)-- they aren't as flawless as custom ones but they go a LONG damn way. Spent 5 years with DJs & EDM nuts without any major hearing loss, and I count myself lucky.

u/Strychnidin · 10 pointsr/ToolBand

These are amazing. I used to be highly against earplugs before I discovered these after messing up hearing in my right ear. I never go without them now. The next best thing are custom fit earplugs that you can obtain from an audiologist, but I believe those are about 200$. Anyways, I find that shows sound better with the Etymotic's.

u/ShaneTheTrain · 9 pointsr/aves

Tinnitus will usually go away after a week if its your first time damaging your ears. It gets progressively worse as time goes on though.

These are what me and my friends use now and they are pretty dank. Lowers the volume a lot without losing too much sound fidelity.

u/Soupstorm · 9 pointsr/toronto

Assuming you're using foam plugs, you should try musician's earplugs, they tend to have a better fit and block out more noise more-evenly. I got this pair off Amazon for $15, but there are others with various prices and decibel reductions. They last a long time too, as long as you keep them clean. I use hydrogen peroxide to clean mine since it's cheap and my plugs are silicone-on-plastic.

u/Playtek · 9 pointsr/Coachella

The ETY earplugs are fantastic, and not expensive at all. 12.99 on amazon, very comfortable and will save your ears.

u/delightful_caprese · 9 pointsr/LifeProTips

Etymotic has good ones around $14USD which are what I use and I go to concerts all the time for my job.

Honestly, there are shows that sound better with earplugs in, as it sort of blocks out the really muddy sounds that happen with certain sound systems/types of music/loud volumes.

And consider your hearing in other settings: I might be more sensitive now that I carry and use these frequently but I'm very attune to when things are too loud for me so I even pop them in at loud bars or restaurants, and I can still hold conversations with those around me. And I'm no longer ashamed to cover my ears when emergency vehicles fire off their sirens! Fuck noise!

Edit to add link!

u/Zimmerel · 9 pointsr/edmproduction

That company seems pretty legit to get molded ear plugs from also. They do a lot of research regarding the subject and seem to know what theyre doing.

u/CTgowiththeFLOW · 9 pointsr/hiphopheads

Anyone got any suggestions for earplugs to wear during concerts? I was looking at some yesterday and through some amateur research (there was a thread on from r/LPT and, I came across these brands. Alpine, Hearos, DownBeats, and Etymotic. I had trouble figuring out which ones to get so I bought the Hearos because they seemed similar to the rest and they were the cheapest with Amazon Prime. But if anyone has any suggestions or comments, I'd like to read em.

u/tonybaroneee · 9 pointsr/progmetal

Indeed. For anyone interested, check out these or these or these.

u/beramiah · 8 pointsr/Lollapalooza

I wear these. They're super comfortable and they come with a carrying pouch. You still hear ALL THE MUSIC, but it's as if someone turned it down to a tolerable level. Buy 'em.

u/JusDatDude · 8 pointsr/edmproduction

These are great, I use them at every show!

u/holyyymoses · 8 pointsr/TameImpala

I second the earplugs comment! You can even get nice ones like these . They actually make the music sound better while still protecting your ear drums. I use them at music feats all the time. Whenever I see festy kids they always have ear protection on so I'd say it's a must.

u/scarecrow-boat · 8 pointsr/Coachella

I got these Etymotic earplugs about a month ago. Worked great when I saw St. Vincent. Sound is clear, doesn't muffle the sound like the standard foam ones.

u/listers_sister · 8 pointsr/Lollapalooza

Hijacking this to give actual festival safety advice:

  1. Stay hydrated. Yes this is the most important thing you can do. Lollapalooza has free water stations set up all over Grant park (they're marked on the map by a little water drop), make sure to bring a water bottle or a camel bak into the park (it has to be empty) and fill up, drink lots of water throughout the day (even if you're not thirsty).

  2. Sunscreen: It's hot, it's sunny, you will get burned if you don't use it. Don't use spray on sunscreen, and use a kind that has broad range protection, use spf30 or higher, use a kind that's water/sweat resistant, and REAPPLY OFTEN and ALL OVER YOUR BODY.

  3. Ear plugs: get a nice pair and you'll avoid tinnitus and other damage to your ears. The cheap ones from the dollar store will work fine for protecting your hearing but will make music sound like shit. Pick up a nice pair that will let you enjoy your music but also save your hearing. Believe me, when you can actually hear and your friends are all shouting WHAT and complaining about the ringing in their ears the day after the festival you'll be happy you have them.

  4. Condoms: lol just kidding, this is reddit.

  5. Drugs: sneak them in stuffed down your pants, or somewhere else that won't be searched. Don't buy drugs from the random people in lolla. If you plan on doing anything besides weed buy it from someone you trust or have a test kit so that you can make sure you're actually getting what you want. Consult in order to know the effects, what dose to take, prices, legality, etc. Don't flash your drugs like a moron, just smoke in a big crowd or take em quickly, their are occasionally asshole undercover cops in lolla trying to bust people.

  6. Alcohol: Be careful drinking during the hot summer day, it's quite easy to overdo it and get dehydrated and pass out. Save it for once it cools off.

  7. Misc: Sunglasses are nice, but make sure you get a pair that is actually 100% polarized. Cheapo sunglasses are often not polarized, and when you wear dark shades with no polarization your pupils actually open wider and allow more sun in which can damage your vision. Bandanas are a good way to stay cool and keep dust out of your mouth. They can be wet and wrapped around the head/neck to make them even cooler. Make sure to eat, the food in the park is okay but can be overpriced, I usually just hit up the subway near by and then buy something when I'm headed home afterwords.

    Other then that stuff just relax, you're here to have fun so just enjoy the time you have in the park.

    Edit: I want to also add to bring plastic bags with you, it's not really a safety tip for you but if it starts to rain put your phone or wallet or money or camera or whatever in them and save their life! Instant waterproofing and you can even use the touch screen of some phones through the bag.
u/lushacrous · 8 pointsr/indieheads

no earplugs will do that, they just filter out the bad stuff and you can hear everything else perfectly, and in a lot of cases even better than you'd hear without them. i use these, but i used to use the cheapo $0.50 squishy hardware store earplugs for a long time, and those are still totally worth using.

u/whats8 · 8 pointsr/progmetal

To my knowledge these are some of the most popular ones out there and they're very affordable at just over $10. I've had mine for a couple of years now and have never had an issue with them.

u/DJRonin · 8 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

Etymotic earplugs Have always worked for me. They are less than 20 dollars, and have lasted me since 2012 with no issue at all. They are very comfortable to wear, and can still hear easily. You will learn that they crank up the music as the night progresses, and is damn near deafening at peak time.

Last year they sold them in the vendor area, but go ahead and order some now.

u/gw-throwaway-yay · 8 pointsr/aves

Your ears ringing means that you -permanently- damaged your hearing. Excision's sound system is the loudest I've ever heard, and I've been to a lot of shows. You can buy earplugs that don't distort the sound and just make it quieter. I recommend at least getting some and bringing them

u/TwisterII · 8 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

I bought the Etymotic Research ear plugs and love them.

I wear them to festivals as well as going out to the clubs. You really should protect your ears!

OP, if you went to a festival at NOS Event Center, the outside sound is abysmal there.

u/blank_generation · 7 pointsr/OSHA

These are the ones I use. You can still hear the music perfectly, it's just quieter. I'm sure there are better options if you're an audiophile or are going to shows every night... but for under $20, those rule.

u/Whiskeyina_teacup · 7 pointsr/bonnaroo

I have the etymotic ones from amazon.

Got them before seeing Basslights (Bassnectar+Pretty Lights) this past year and could not be happier. The sound is still great, but filtered so it is no where near as loud. They have the string and a small plastic carrying case.

In addition, for when you are not at shows I recommend some of the waxy swimming ear plugs. They stick in your ear much better than the foam ones and really help to cut out sound when you are trying to sleep at night.

u/DightCeaux · 7 pointsr/motorcycles

I use Etymotic Research plugs. My experience has been that it cuts out wind interference and increases the clarity of the audio.

u/buboy3 · 7 pointsr/aves

I wear these all the time at events. It's a good price point to buy two pairs if you want a replacement in case you lose one.

u/onewheeled · 7 pointsr/progmetal

I've used a pair of Etymotic Research ER20 earplugs for a few years now. I haven't tried any other sets before, so I can't compare the sound to anything else, but I have been very happy with the sound profile with them in.

u/Cintiq · 7 pointsr/drums

>I prefer the music when you can hear everything at a lower volume, it actually allows you to hear more of it

I think part of the issue here is with cheap quality hearing protection. I've heard people say 'but I lose too much of the sound with earplugs'. This is only true for really cheap foam (or whatever material) earplugs that'll set you back 20c.

As somebody else recommended, etymotics are great, really cheap and I have some myself (Hearos, identical but rebranded) and you don't really lose the highs.

If anybody is reading this and thinking that they should look into it, grab a pair from Amazon for $10. Very worthwhile.

u/DatKaz · 7 pointsr/trap

Earplugs, absolutely earplugs. It will be really loud, and earplugs are a saving a grace. I use Etymotics, and I swear by them; helps hear the actual music that gets drowned out by the bass, and cuts down on ears ringing for the next day or two.

u/jyrkesh · 7 pointsr/electronicmusic

I hadn't been to a big show in a while, but I brought my Etymotics to a major festival a couple weeks ago, and it's just so much better. I take them out for two minutes and the sound is harsh, undiscernable, etc. Put 'em back in and the mix is insanely tight, the volume isn't overwhelming, and you can still feel all the sound waves in your body.

Really, it's a no-brainer.

u/ElkBit · 6 pointsr/MyBloodyValentine

I appreciate when bands have ear plugs at their shows. That said I've gone the route of buying my own pair to bring to shows. As someone who goes to concerts multiple times a year the plugs are a necessity for protecting my hearing. For what it's worth I own a pair of these ear plugs and have been good to me for the last few years!

u/BadKingdom · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This is sound advice.

If don't want to spend a ton of money, these are a really great value and sound fantastic.

But if you really want to have a great experience, go to an audiologist and get some custom molded plugs. Worth every penny.

u/crogginator · 6 pointsr/UMF

What to Bring

People always ask what they should bring, it’s like any other festival and each person is different. So everyone's list is always unique.

This is normally my load out (beyond keys, phone, wallet):

  • Camelbak or Water Bottle
  • Advil
  • Gum
  • Extra Phone Battery or Portable Charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Diffraction Glasses (enough to share)
  • Extra Contacts/Case & Eye Drops (losing a contact during a festival would be miserable)
  • Ear Plugs (Link)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Crystal Light (A few single-serve packs)
  • Life Savers (for a quick sugar boost if needed)
  • Hair Ties (guy with long hair...)
  • Zip Lock Plastic Bag (good for holding all the crap, plus if it rains you can put your phone in it)

    All of that generally fits in my shorts and camelback without issues.

    For females I'd for sure suggest bringing tissues or tp for the restroom, they can and will be lacking.
u/justanotherreddituse · 6 pointsr/toronto

Funny thing is that in clubs and party's nobody ever realized I'm wearing ear protection. I wear these.

or these;

I wear different ones for guns and other high volume situations though. Long and Mcquade has some other decent earplugs but for the life of me I can't remember the brand. Musicians earplugs make it quite easy to still hear music and have conversations with people.

u/DanS29 · 6 pointsr/Metal

I second this. When I was younger I thought it wasn't cool to wear ear protection (of course I was an idiot). I now have minor tinnitus constantly. If I don't wear ear protection to shows now it gets almost crippling for a week after. Sometimes it gets to the point where I cannot think correctly and all I want to do is sleep so the ringing will go away. Don't make my mistake. I recommend these ear plugs.

u/deathbyguitar · 6 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I hear everything better with earplugs. I use these:

They bring down the volume of everything while still being able to hear the high frequencies. My ears don't ring for days afterwards, so there's exactly no disadvantage.

u/keeflennon43 · 6 pointsr/Coachella

i just got these the other day. tried them out. they don't hurt in my ears and are easy to pull in and out. granted i only tried them out during conversations and with multiple TVs and music playing in my house and it works well, so we'll see how it sounds on the fields. but i dont regret my purchase so far.

u/SouthernPanhandle · 6 pointsr/tinnitus

Mine gets worse from alcohol too. Just as well because I'll usually end up at a loud bar so it's doubly worse. I avoid the first to avoid the second.

See an ENT or Audiologist just to nail down what type of T it is for sure.

Plus there's stuff like music therapy that can make it bearable when you have flare ups.

And you're super young so you have a looong time for it to get worse. Get some good ear plugs like these guys and put them on your keychain.

Wear them anytime you feel uncomfortable or download a Decibel meter app on your phone and go off that.

u/Titan721 · 6 pointsr/Techno

Honestly, it's going to take some trial and error to find the right ones for you.

There's plenty cheap but decent options so that if you lose yours on a somewhat consistent basis, it won't cost too much. It might happen as you get used to carrying them with you. A lot of people do Keys, I do my wallet but YMMV.

Three Popular options: Etymotic 20 DownBeats & Earasers I used US Amazon to show examples.

The Earasers are the Pricey option, but from my understanding, they offer the best Clarity. No case either, so you'll need to look for one. There's a fully "licensed" (meaning they'll fit) case for an extra 10$.

Etymotic 20's are what I use. Again, no case but I use a cheap key-chain pill case. Sounds good to my ears.

DownBeats are the most popular option I've seen around. They're too small for my ear canals, but they work for most. Come with a case, which is nice. Nice silicon and a friend who owns a pair usually forgets they're in.

All of these might work, or none of them. You just kind of have to try them out and see what works for you. Best of luck!

u/505_notfound · 6 pointsr/livesound

Try Ety Plugs. For 13 bucks, you can't beat em. They attenuate everything by about 20db so you get a really flat sound and it doesn't mess with what you're hearing that much.

u/allkatydid · 6 pointsr/bonnaroo

I can’t recommend these etymotics enough. They’re cheap enough that you can buy a few pairs in case you lose one, or need to lend to a friend.

If you want to invest long term, you can get custom fit ear plugs. Check out a place near you that makes hearing aids. They typically will mold musicians ear plugs for a little over $100. I did this and it was so worth it. ( not for those who are prone to losing things )

u/ohiobagpipes · 6 pointsr/bagpipes

I've been using these for years and love them. They seem to keep the quality of the sound while reducing volume, unlike the foam ones that make it feel like I can't hear what's going on.

u/roogoogle · 6 pointsr/AskWomen

Yes! Earplugs are your best friend at a concert!

Depending on how long you have before the show, I really recommend getting these bad boys. They're absolutely amazing. Your eardrums are protected but you still get great sound quality, unlike other plugs that just mute everything. It's as if someone just turned down the volume slightly, instead of blocking it. They also help when your friends are trying to tell you something by screaming into your ear at a makes it way more tolerable.

I wear them to every show I see and even in loud bars.

edit: Here's a better link... my previous one is for mobile.

u/TheSlagBrothers · 5 pointsr/pics

For the lazy, if you want really great earplugs (do not deteriorate sound quality) for cheap:

*Ninja Edit: formatting

u/Segal-train · 5 pointsr/indieheads

i use these and they are good

u/MoonStache · 5 pointsr/ShakyKnees

Well I wore ear plugs so, no. Do your self a favor and buy some. Also, you may want to schedule a check up with a Otolaryngologists or maybe even your regular doctor just to check your ears. I can't imagine your ears should still be ringing this many days after the festival.

u/bassguy129 · 5 pointsr/progmetal

I do live sound for a living, and I think there are many things in your post that you're not taking into account. First of all, if a band is very loud, it's not necessarily the sound guys fault. Quite often if a band is too loud and the vocals are muddy, it's because the band themselves are too loud without any PA reinforcement. Full drum kits and guitar stacks are very loud instruments, and sometimes they compete with each other to the point that they become an unruly mess.

I've dealt with bands who were playing with 2 Fender 4x10 combo amps for each player, totaling to 6 amps. If you have any experience with Fender combos, they're staggeringly loud, even with the volume set to moderate levels. The band I was mixing for had all of their amps on 9, which is unheard of for a room I was mixing in (500-600 cap venue). This, in turn, made it so that no matter how loud I turned up the vocal in the PA, the guitars would still drown them out. I asked the band to turn down, and they wouldn't. With the PA hitting limit (as loud as it can possibly go), the vocals just couldn't compete.

I assume this is a common problem in metal, especially so with the mentality that metal has to be a loud genre. That, in itself, is another point to take into consideration. You keep bringing up symphony concerts and jazz gigs for things that are a respectable volume. If you ask any person on the street which is going to be loudest between a symphony, jazz, or metal concert, we all know that the metal show is going to be common answer. My point here is that if a band is really that bad sounding, either A. talk to the band and let them know that they're too loud. Many bands want a good sounding show just as much as you do. Or, B. if the band has a touring FOH engineer, talk to them. Sometimes they'll just write you off, but you never know.

Something else that can be an issue, especially with the muddy vocals, is improper mic technique. I've seen SO MANY metal vocalists who have horrible mic technique. This can cause muddiness, thinness, or general lack of volume overall. This, along with cymbal and guitar bleed in the vocal mic can ruin an otherwise acceptable vocal performance.

On top of that, some bands are just plain hard to mix. The other night I was filling in at FOH for a friends band at a local venue. They play instrumental, synth-filled prog. There were 3 bands before them, 2 indie and one pop-punk (it was a strange show). The first 3 bands all shared a drum kit. That kit was so easy to mix, and so well tuned that I didn't really have to do much to get a great mixing going with it. Then came the headliner. No matter how much I tried, I could NOT get that drum set to sound good. The toms had no attack, weird resonances, and a general muddiness without a perceivable tone throughout. The snare was super loud (even unmic'd), and the cymbals were crazy harsh and loud. I could only get the kick to a useable sound. The guitar sounded OK, but the guitarist had an axe-fx and didn't have pretty much any of his sounds level-matched, so I had to ride his fader all night. The bassist's tone was fairly thin and honky, and EQing the honk out took away all of the character and intelligibility of the instrument. All of this on top of a very harsh backing track made for the mess you've been describing. So, sometimes it comes down to badly tuned/maintained instruments and mediocre players. No matter how hard the guy at FOH will try, the band will sound like a mess.

Lastly, you've been saying you don't want to wear earplugs, and while you're obviously free to not wear them or not want to wear them, it's becoming extremely commonplace to do so. If you get a nice pair of These Earplugs, I guarantee you that you will be able to hear the band clearly. They take away all of the harsh high end and shitty, muddy boxiness that can cloud a mix. Added to that, PAs are becoming more powerful and efficient pretty much by the year. The days of yore where a PA was strictly for the vocals, and eventually the vocals, kick drum, and keys are essentially gone. You can pump pretty much as many dB into a venue as you see fit for a fraction of the price, space, and weight than ever before. Sure, some people may take this too far and generally mix far too loud, but I assure you that there are plenty of sound people just trying to do the best with what they're given, be it bad players, bad instruments, loud bands, and bad singers.

TL;DR: Don't just blame it on the sound guy, man. Some of of genuinely care and want the show to be as awesome as possible.

u/ILoveYouSoVeryMuch · 5 pointsr/EDC
  • Condom case w/ 2 non-latex condoms. Game Boy cartridge cases are apparently the perfect size to hold condoms too.
  • Discontinued Leatherman S2 flashlight. Still going after ~5 years.
  • Thin Alpine Swiss Wallet
  • Victorinox Classic
  • Pill Holder w/ 1 Advil and a pair of Etymotic Earplugs
  • Glock 19 in a Galco King Tuk
  • Black or brown Hanks Amish Belt

    I just realized that the flashlight is the only thing that hasn't changed since I started carrying tools when I was ~17... It's like my Hobbes :3
u/Forscyvus · 5 pointsr/bonnaroo

These are made to not make anything sound too weird.

I don't have experience with them though, that's just what I've found from browsing. Reviews seem positive enough.

u/platipress · 5 pointsr/Music

I would recommend these earplugs. I've used them for a few concerts and they work great at lowering the volume, but not cutting out the highs like normal earplugs* would.

u/awhitesuit · 5 pointsr/Bass

get nice earplugs and they wont mess with the tone as much. other people have recommended these, which i used to use until i lost them:

u/nickelforapickle · 5 pointsr/Coachella

So in my "flying from NY" experience, which I did twice before just moving to Southern California, here are some more tips:

Check a bag and get the majority of your gear into that one 50 lb. bag. Buy whatever you can before the trip from Amazon or wherever else, and just order the camping chairs and whatever else from Walmart for pickup. I knew I wanted my tent to be more than just a one-time coachella tent, so I researched it thoroughly and came up with this, which is a bit pricy, but the tent is only 11 pounds packed up, and packs up real nice and small so you can easily fit this into your checked bag. It's about 75% mesh, which means it's ventilated like crazy, which is great for the desert, and it comes with a rain-fly that the reviews all said worked great (especially important if you're going weekend 1, which has had weather issues the past 3 years).

This does mean you'll have to worry about the sun though, so I bought a bunch of mylar emergency blankets that I just duct taped to the top of my tent to reflect out as much heat as possible. They crinkled when the wind blew, so they were a bit noisy, but it's Coachella and you're going to be dealing with noise all weekend.

That's why you need earplugs. For the concert, you might want either of these pairs that I have used in the past, but for sleeping, you just want basic foam earplugs that will block the majority of sound out. You won't have to worry about your tent making noise or your neighbors' afterparty.

I wasn't willing to buy an easy-up in the past (though I may this year), so instead I just picked up a silver reflective tarp (to help with the desert sun) from Harbor Freight for not too much money, and then I ordered a few of these tarp poles along with a good line of reflective tarp cord and some plastic stakes (they don't allow metal). As long as someone else in your campsite has an easy-up, you can easily bungee the tarp to the side of that. Just make sure you are really good about tying down the poles.

The most IMPORTANT tip I can give you is to FIND A GROUP to camp with before you go! Last year, I was part of a campsite that attempted to include about 50 people. Only about 25-30 wound up actually meeting up before heading in, with a group of 11 cars. That wound up being split into groups of 5 and 6 cars, that had sites that were still within a block of each other. Make sure your group stays together on the security line! Find a line that seems to be moving faster than the others (which means they are checking each car a bit less ;) ) and make damn sure you stay together, because they only allow you 15 minutes to wait for the rest of your group once you're past security. Be a New Yorker about it if you have to. Two years ago, we found that there was an empty line over to the right that had been blocked off by another line right next to it. When we saw it and then went to move all our cars into the line, my brother just stood there with a beer in one hand, holding his other hand up to a group of cars that patiently waited for our group to be in the line together, and then we were all good.

One of the best parts about finding a group to camp with was that everyone is gonna forget something, but each time it happened, someone else in the group had it handy. It was pretty magical. The other awesome thing about finding a group to camp with, is you can almost bet everyone will have a good time because people are generally in their best moods and on their best behavior trying to meet cool new people like you.

I will also note that for flying in from NY, my budget has usually been somewhere around 1200-1500 for the weekend, including a flight (350), the ticket (375), the camping pass (85, split 2 ways), purchasing gear (around 300 the first year, but if you have last year's equipment it gets cheaper), and then about 300-400 for food/beer/weed (and if you stick to drinking in the campsite you'll be able to spend less on beer and stay hydrated more easily).

Anyway, there's my short novel about being prepared for and having an awesome Coachella camping experience. I'm still a boy scout at heart, so planning for stuff like this comes naturally to me and I am pretty passionate about it. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

u/kevonicus · 5 pointsr/Metallica

Get something like this. They protect you but still allow sound in. Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs, Standard Fit Blue Tip, 1 pair

u/aluvus · 5 pointsr/DiWHY

> I go to a concert or something it gets a lot worse for a couple days.

Earplugs. Earplugs are your friends. Cheap ones are OK, good ones will cut the volume down without messing with the character of the sound too much (i.e. they reduce all frequencies roughly equally). For less than $15 you can buy 50 disposables or a pair of "fancy" reusable ones.

u/Yoooooouuuuuuuu · 5 pointsr/indieheads

Highly recommend the Etymotic ER20s, very good and affordable

u/HelpIThinkImASoup · 5 pointsr/Metalcore

Pro Tip: waiting in line early is rarely worth it in my opinion. The only time I would advise that is if it is crucial for you to get a spot on the barricade (the very front). Most of the time you can work your way from the back all the way to front, especially if you get to the show for the opening acts when the crowd is smaller and a lot of guests are still checking the merch tables. I always wait for doors to open before going in and will grab a bite and drink outside the venue while everyone else is waiting in line.

I actually went to the BMTH/UO/Toof tour you mentioned (in San Francisco)! I showed up after doors were already open and I walked right in, found a decent spot in near the back for Beartooth, worked my way up as close as a I could for UO, and as soon as they started and the pit opened, I was able to move up even closer for a great view.

Again, if it is really important for you to be AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE, then standing in line makes sense. Otherwise, though, I would say just skip it and find a local joint nearby to relax at before the show.

Also, these are the earplugs I use. They are comfy and beyond preventing hearing loss, they actaully make the concert sound better, in my opinion.

u/wisewiz11 · 5 pointsr/aspergers

These earplugs might help. I use them at work because I work with loud equipment but still need to hear when people talk to me. They are used mostly by musicians so maybe they can work here too.

u/tjbassoon · 5 pointsr/bassoon

Etymotic. I swear by them and don't hardly play a gig without them in.

/u/davewells showed me some neat ones like those that were kept in a little storage thingy on his keychain. Don't know what brand they were though.

u/theredwoodcurtain · 5 pointsr/audioengineering

Just wear hearing protection and you'll be better off than 99% of the people out there. Invest in even a halfway decent pair of earplugs. I, and quite a few others in these comments, like these:

u/Subace · 5 pointsr/dubstep

Earbud headphones are pretty bad for your ears when loud. That is sound directly into your ear hole. Plus they arn't that great sound quality. Get some headphones, even 30 dollar one's and you'll notice a nice difference in sound quality.

I won't deny it either tho. I sometimes get carried away with volume even knowing im screwing up my hearing :/. I made my first purchase for earplugs yesterday tho to use this weekend - coachella WOOT! -. I'm hoping they work as said and don't muffle sound.

If anyone reads this and has some input on quality earplugs, fill me in. I've read of some custom fitting ones you can get made, I wouldn't mind that if they really preserved sound quality.

u/Earls_Basement_Lolis · 5 pointsr/LifeProTips

Earplugs like these are designed to be reusable and washed with soap and water. They also dip the sound level down while not messing up the detail in the music. Instead of a muffle, it's a supressed sound. I used them in a Bruno Mars concert and it made the music listenable without making the music so loud that it would damage my hearing.

u/moothemagiccow · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I use the ER20 ones like this

You can hear the midrange better than the standard foam plugs, but you still get a lot of bass. Also the noise reduction level's lower by about 7dB or so, which is bad. The toppings contain potassium benzoate, which is also bad.

The best kind are the custom fit ones that require you to throw $200 at an audiologist. I've been meaning to have them fitted forever but I never remember and the price is high for something so easy to lose.

u/JohnnyMac440 · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Etymotics. You can get Hearos as well, which are the same thing but rebranded.

u/Peter1Gibbons · 5 pointsr/motorcycles

i've been using the Etymotic plastic ones for a long time now. They're washable/re-usable so they last forever and do a great job. $12.99. They're good for concerts too

u/goodguygleenn · 4 pointsr/EDM

I think it was these. Well worth the cost. I have worn them at rock concerts and races and they worked perfectly for those as well

u/DJWikipedia · 4 pointsr/drums

I know that this isn't at all what you were asking for, but it might be useful to you. These are earplugs that don't block EVERYTHING so you can still hear the music while your drumming, but the drums don't kill your ear drums.


u/TossedRightOut · 4 pointsr/ElectricForest

I have these which I'm a big fan of. Probably going to pick up another pair in case I somehow lose them somewhere. They definitely make a huge difference. Way less walking out of a venue or somewhere going "fuck I can't hear shit right now"

u/theroarer · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Good on you both. Your future self is going to thank you a million times over for taking this seriously.

For now? Get etymotics.

Then you will have to schedule an appointment with an audiologist in your area. They will take care of everything. And then you put a fucking gps in the carrying case so you never, EVER lose them. Lest you want to ball your eyes out.

I'll be honest, I'll even pop in my earplugs if I feel like the general atmosphere around me is too noisy- in a bar, walking outside, ect. All the plugs will do, especially if they're customs, will just bring the noise level down. That's it. Just makes everything quieter.

Edit: I have VERY narrow ear canals, and the regular size (which is newish) etymotics fit really well. There's... not a great way to judge how to use these universal plugs. Maybe even get both sizes just in case. Then you have a backup, even if they are a little bit uncomfortable.

u/esoteric_plumbus · 4 pointsr/bassnectar

Hells yeah

Seconding the ear plugs, bass is gonna be massive, protect those little fibers! my favorites

If you value your hearing and expect to be coming back to shows like these do yourself a favour ppl!

u/thebigleboggski · 4 pointsr/aves

I've been using the same pair of Etys for over a year and they work great. I also wear them over my headphones(AT M50's) when spinning in certain situations with no problems. The case they come with is really handy and I keep them on my keychain at all times.

u/encopresis · 4 pointsr/Edmonton

I've used several pairs of these, as well as some of my friends, and we've found them to be quite excellent.

Etymotic ETY Plugs

Still dampens certain frequencies more than others, but well worth it for the lack of pain / tinnitus the next morning!

u/hclpfan · 4 pointsr/bassnectar

I use these which only cost $10-14 depending on the color you choose. Absolutely recommend them.

u/miserlou · 4 pointsr/deathgrips

Don't just get the regular foam kind, invest in a pair of these, you'll thank me:

also your friend is a liar, he didn't get stolen from he just lost his stuff, death grips fans are dorks just dance around and shove people and have fun it's not hard jees louise

u/Alexz0r · 4 pointsr/Metalcore

Definitely, for years I had the Etymotic pair I put below and had zero complaints about them. Recently I switched to the pair of Alpines I put below based off of a lot of positive recommendations and while the sound quality is definitely superior they are a bit hard to get in your ear. Your other option is to just buy the cheap one time use ones you can get in multipacks from CVS or any other drug store which might be a good place to start if you've never used them before. Hope this helps!

u/thegreatsharkhunt · 4 pointsr/Coachella

These ear plugs, these bandannas and definitely a Camelbak (the lighter the better or all his friends will ask him to carry their shit in it and that gets old, and heavy, fast). Or, if you want to do something a little different, schedule an in-hotel massage on Sunday late morning/early afternoon before he goes into the fest for the day. Seems over the top, but leaves you feeling fresh as fuck when everyone else is hurting on Day 3. I've done it with Palm Springs Massage the past few years and they do a great job.

u/IAmDrugsTho · 4 pointsr/Drugs


I have found these to be very high quality, of course decibels of the sound are dropped by around 15 db but music still sounds extremely clear. They're reusable.

u/meistergrado · 4 pointsr/Coachella

These are my bread and butter for hearing protection at shows. They don't block out any single frequencies more than others, unlike foam earplugs that will make the music sound muffled and muddy. It's like you just turned the volume down a few clicks on everything, and you can even hear people talking next to you without plugging your ears! They're only $12 and will last a long time.

u/xiofan422 · 4 pointsr/aves

If the venue allows, a camelback is a must. And I've used these earplugs:
They tone the volume down without messing up the sound quality

u/TheOrangeBananaNinja · 4 pointsr/hardstyle

Yes. Hearing damage is permanent. You can always blow up your hearing later in life if you desire but you can't take it back. Anyways I prefer sound with earplugs, its still plenty loud to have fun but you can hear everything (your ears have a compensation mechanism which attempts to protect them when sound gets too loud and this changes the sound). These are the ones I use and they drop the sound evenly so it doesn't affect the quality!

u/protomech · 4 pointsr/nashville

You can buy earplugs that reduce volume with (mostly) little distortion.

I walked out of Exit/In last friday largely due to volume being too high.

u/arviceblot · 4 pointsr/Metal

Etymotic is pretty good. I can hear the show and normal conversations without needing people to yell. Just don't go in the pit unless you want them tickling your brain.

u/mobilehypo · 3 pointsr/TwinCities

Buy a pair of these and never worry about loud music again!

u/viddy · 3 pointsr/ericprydz

Yeah, if you don't want to be the grandparent saying, "Huh? What's that?" all the time, grab a pair of these.

u/Tyler_Seth_H · 3 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

Everyone has been recommending these
I plan on ordering a pair for myself.

u/kdoxy · 3 pointsr/DJs

I got a pair of these:

I wore them at EDC vegas (don't get me started on how almost no one had earplugs) and they worked fantastic. I haven't tried to dj with them but my dj budy has custom pair I think drop the sound by 8 dB when he plays.

u/_uhhhhhhh · 3 pointsr/bassnectar

haha I like your style, if you need earplugs/are going to go a different route than the lawnmower edition I'd recommend these

u/zzcon · 3 pointsr/Coachella

don't bother wasting money on some fancy ear buds that need an app on your cell phone to operate. and besides, they aren't even out yet.

try these. saved my ears last year and won't cost you some exorbitant price. got 2 sets last year and brought 1 home.

u/gasolinewaltz · 3 pointsr/drums

I have a pair of vic firth isolation headphones that broke from years of use, so I just cut the cords off and use them. I've used these, and various other like those...

But honestly, I'm most comfortable playing with cheap bulk earplugs, from like walgreens or something. Just my personal opinion.

u/BoBTheBak3r · 3 pointsr/UMF

I used these at both UMF and EDCLV. Highly recommend

u/42Raptor42 · 3 pointsr/Metal

Can't recommend earplugs enough. You don't have to wear them, but at least bring them. Something like these or these if you are in America.

u/navajow · 3 pointsr/phish

you need some real earplugs. I started using these now and its amazing. You can't hear a soul but the band sounds just the same (abit quieter but like normal headphone listening levels)

u/aooot · 3 pointsr/Lollapalooza

I bought drummer's ear plugs. Best fucking thing ever. They don't distort the sound all that much, and your ears don't ring when you go to bed at night.

u/SirChristoffee · 3 pointsr/newzealand

I want these and don't want to pay 4 times their price in shipping. Do you have any ideas where to get them in NZ?

u/ThatGuyFromOhio · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Get an appointment with an audiologist in your home town. Get your hearing checked by them, and take their advice to protect your hearing.

Hearing loss is a one-way street. It does not come back. Protect your ears. Wear ear plugs in loud clubs, when using power machinery, or any other time you are exposed to loud noises. I use these for maximum protection:

Buy a box of 250 sets and keep it handy. Stick several pairs in your car, your guitar case, your gig bag, your backpack (etc.) so that you will never be caught someplace loud without them.

For hearing music clearly when playing, I wear these:

The Etymotic ear plugs don't block as much sound as the 3m foam plugs, but you hear more accurately. For the best possible sound, get a pair of custom fit ear plugs from an audiologist. They cost $100.00+, but are well worth the money if they will save your hearing.

Protect your ears. Source: 50 something musician who still has good hearing and has been wearing earplugs for 25 years. I have friends my age who did not protect their hearing and they now deeply regret it.

u/iFanatic · 3 pointsr/UMF

You have no idea how much fun you're going to have. I've been 5 years in a row and will be there in 2016 as well...

  1. Sunscreen - put it on before you get there because Day 1 security is stupid and they'll take it from you. Day 2 and 3 are loose.
  2. Get there early - don't miss half the day pregaming in your hotel room when you can be enjoying the early sets and empty festival grounds. Too many people make this mistake.
  3. Don't waste so much energy on after parties that you miss Ultra. You're coming for the world class festival... late night clubbing after a full day of raving will make you miss part of your next day. 3 days of Ultra is exhausting!
  4. Plan on buying lots of water. Yes there are some refill stations but unlike EDC these are not refrigerated and not usually particularly fresh tasting. $5 a bottle is worth having cold water and not falling out mid day.
  5. Earplugs. Ultra's main stage is without any doubt the loudest stage in the world. If you're in the first 50 rows you're definitely within range of hearing damage and you should throw in some plugs. seem to be the most popular choice around here and I love them myself.

    Enjoy! Ultra brings all the new music of the season and also an unmatched bass earthquake on that main stage... get ready people!

u/weedwhacking · 3 pointsr/EDM

I have these, I swear by them 🙂

Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs, Standard Fit Blue Tip, 1 Pair

Very clear audio, even clearer than without them if the venue is too loud or harsh. Very comfortable, I never feel the need to remove or adjust them for comfort. And they have a nice cord connecting them so you can rest them on your shoulders and not loose them when you’re not using them and want to talk

u/Sluisifer · 3 pointsr/stonermetal

Amazon link

These are great. You'll forget you're wearing earplugs after a little while. Hearing is important, protect your shit.

u/felix1429 · 3 pointsr/audiophile

This, concerts can cause a lot of hearing damage if you go unprotected. Don't hesitate to get some earplugs, a good pair can make a show sound even better. I really like Etymotic's options

u/haroldgreengard · 3 pointsr/FireflyFestival

I use these from Etymotic and I really like them. I don't usually use ear plugs for festivals unless I'm right next to the speakers in front or something, but for regular concerts or house shows I do!

u/burkholderia · 3 pointsr/Bass

I generally use custom molds but if not those then a pair of ER20s usually do the trick.

u/MacManG5 · 3 pointsr/bonnaroo

Great thinking! I'll give you my experience with the ones I've used.

First I bought this set from Etymotic for myself and my Croo years ago. For the price they're great and served me quite well at local shows and Roo alike until I lost them at Roo in 2016 (luckily I always carry disposable ones too in case anyone around me in the crowd wants a pair so I wasn't deaf by the end of that Roo). I liked them for the price and the carrying case however they did have some issues like their odd fit for some folks.

After losing the Etymotic's at Roo in 2016 I bought this set from Eargasm pretty much as soon as I got home. They're a bit pricier than the Etymotic's but well worth the price in my opinion. They come with a large and small in ear insert in order to ensure a good fit for most and instead of using a tube and dampening materials like the Etymotic's the Eargasm's actually have a tiny filter that makes for much more even tones/sounds. They also come with a much better carrying case and have yet to have an issue with them in the ~2.5 years I've had them.

Side note about the Eargasm's, their carrying case is a tiny metal canister that comes equipped with a keychain and I take them to every show I go to, I mention this because the canister does look like something you'd house party favors in so the security may have you open the canister up so they can inspect it. I've also found the canister sets off metal detectors so if you do attempt to get through using it as a party favor holder it may come back to bite you. Just figured I'd give you a heads up there since I've gotten many strange looks from security and fellow show goers alike until I open them up and pop the plugs in.

Hopefully this helps! If you've got any questions about either set let me know!

u/TStrait21 · 3 pointsr/Metalcore

I've been wearing these to concerts for over a year now. Highly recommend, they allow you to actually hear the music haha.

u/dudelikeshismusic · 3 pointsr/Metal

The volume is what is harmful to your ears; the magnitude of the sound waves will cause damage to your ears above 85 dB. I've found that lowering the volume actually helps improve the quality, and it's definitely not quiet by any means. Concerts for me are more like BANG instead of BANG now. [These] ( are the plugs I use. They get the sound to a level where you can distinguish between each instrument better than going without plugs.

u/wishyouwerebeer · 3 pointsr/bassnectar

I've been using these for many years now. Get the large size unless you have baby ears

u/hobovision · 3 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

These have some pretty good reviews. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm going to buy them soon in prep for a Death Metal festival.

u/beepboopblorp · 3 pointsr/phish

Honestly, everyone one of us should have proper hearing protection for EVERY SHOW YOU GO TO. A pair of these will do fine, and they make everything quieter, but not muffled like cheaper foam plugs.

The day you start using plugs at shows is the best you're going to hear for the rest of your life. Start protecting your ears now.

u/pvk8336 · 3 pointsr/Kanye

I attend somewhere between 15-30 concerts a year, photograph dozens more and I'm wearing earplugs every time. I still hear the music fine, and I have the added bonus of not losing my hearing.

Every time your ears ring after loud exposure, that's permanent damage. Just think of putting in earplugs like you would sunscreen. I wish more people took their hearing health more seriously.

There's several different brands that are designed for concert use that will level everything out and just bring them to a more comfortable level:

HEAROS High Fidelity Series Ear Plugs for Comfortable Long Term Use with Free Case, 1 Pair

Etymotic Research ER20 ETYPlug Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Clear Stem with Blue Tip (Clear)

ETY-Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs, Standard Fit, Frost Tip

If you search music earplugs, any pair you get should do. If you're feeling really committed for future usage, you could drop a pretty penny on some custom-made earplugs. They feel perfect.

u/busterbrown77 · 3 pointsr/headphones

Wow, that blew my mind. Never thought of long periods being an issue. I think back to my 5-6 hour sessions doing homework and worry...

Good to know!

And yea, earbuds are a godsend whenever going out. It blows my mind how loud clubs/festivals/shows etc are, it's just nonsensical. (And sounds TERRIBLE)

If anyone wants a good pair of earplugs that doesn't completely down all the music out, try these guys. It sounds better than full isolation but brings the volume level way down. Love them!

u/courtjesters · 3 pointsr/aves

check these out. I used them for Hard Summer and they were pretty useful. The music sounded the same, just quieter. no distortion or cutting or shit like that

u/fishymamba · 3 pointsr/aves

Their standard Ety plugs are pretty good!

Just make sure you get the correct size, fit is very important.
Also incase anyone is interested, Etymotic makes some kick ass in ear headphones. Even the cheapest ones(~$60) are rally good!

u/InaMellophoneMood · 3 pointsr/science

Etys are 12$ a pop, and last for about a year. It's worth it.

u/queen_of_queans · 3 pointsr/ADHD

There is a lot of overlap between ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder; there are camps who believe they're just different expressions of the same disorder. I have ADHD-PI and I also have hyperacusis and general problems with sensory overload. I wear these etymotic earplugs whenever I leave the house so the sound of car breaks and electronics don't cause me pain.

So, you're not alone. This is pretty typical for ADHD.

u/berlin_city · 3 pointsr/Portland

Buy these (and buy the [standard] size if you're not sure about it). They make 95% of unbearably-loud shows bearable, and don't look too goofy. you can still hear what your friends are saying without them screaming into your ear. i'm wearing them right now and the rants aren't even in caps

u/ionbeam7 · 3 pointsr/aves

All of these are great. Borrowed a friends camelbak last year, can't imagine the difficulty of doing HARD without it.

Also, bring plenty of cash from outside, since parking can cost a good deal and the ATMs inside have fees and lines.

If you have any small fans you can use to cool yourself off with, those are also great.

Lastly, earplugs are a must, especially for the indoor stages. I recommend these because they are comfortable, very high quality for a low price, and come with a connecting cord and travelling case you can clip onto your camelbak/backpack.

u/upatstars · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

Haven't tried for snoring, but these are the ear plugs I use in general. My ear canal is apparently kid sized and these are the only ones that don't hurt.

u/iamtehcrispy · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

New rider, too. ~400 miles so far.

Ear plugs:

I just had my first ride this morning with these:


    Previously used these:


    You can grab the little foam ones from the grocery store near the toothpaste for a couple dollars. But, after this first ride with the new ones, I love them. Much better. More comfortable. The sounds fidelity is still there, just lower intensity.

    Either way, I highly recommend them. They allow me to focus on other things than the rumbling in my ear. I think my ride is safer for wearing them.


    Good to know. I'm about to spring for one because the fog in the mornings is obnoxious. Thanks for the timely affirmation that it works.

u/five-star_man · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Recommendations on good ear protection?

I have these but the one time I tried them in band practice I couldn't hear my other guitarist at all.

u/TsumeAlphaWolf · 2 pointsr/hiphopheads

If you go to clubs, concerts or a musician I recommend these

u/Tesabella · 2 pointsr/autism

I work on a college campus. A lot of students run around in large headphones/noise cancelling headphones. Personally, I recommend these, which are not headphones but earplugs.

u/herro_kitten · 2 pointsr/EDM

I feel the same about Galantis/Illenium/Chainsmokers (yay!)

Also first time festival goer, but I've been told to invest in some decent earplugs esp if going for all three days. Try these:

u/AhhhBROTHERS · 2 pointsr/dubstep

If you go to a lot of shows and you're not wearing ear protection, than it's kind of your own fault. I'm not saying you deserve it, but you should know better. I bought a pair of these and its like the best ten bucks I've ever spent.

u/zoel_jimmerman · 2 pointsr/knifeparty

A lot of people (including myself) seem to like these:

u/ericlws66 · 2 pointsr/HangoutFest

My wife and I use these. Love em and don't leave home without them.

u/tujuggernaut · 2 pointsr/TechnoProduction

> the shitty kind you buy at the drugstore arent doing much

This isn't true. A simple foam ear plug that is properly worn provides adequate hearing protection for many uses. The cheap foam plugs are not even in their attenuation of frequencies, which is why musician ear-plugs are more expensive and fitted; they allow a true balance of sound into the ear while still attenuating the volume.

The Hearos Extreme disposables have a NRR of 33dB while the 3M disposables are 29dB. Compare that to the Peltor ear muffs that are only 23dB.

I would consider these for music:

I would strongly suggest going to an audiologist and having your hearing spectrum checked. You might even consider hearing aides as the current ones are incredibly sophisticated in terms of customized EQ.

(Source: my father is safety professional.)

u/syncopate15 · 2 pointsr/MovementDEMF

I got these for last year and they're amazing. Fairly comfortable. One ear did get kind of uncomfortable tho after 15-20 hours of wear in 3 days.

u/Siddicus · 2 pointsr/tinnitus

>How long have you had it?

I'm 22, had it my entire life (of what I can remember)

>What have you found to be helpful?

Sleeping for me requires the TV to be on, even if it is really quiet, otherwise it takes me hours to go to sleep.

These have been quite helpful for me, because I work in a warehouse and it gets rather loud, without them, I would be unable to work there due to Tinnitus. Amazon also has a less dampening version (from -20db to -10db) here


Every morning I take vitamins that help me out quite a bit, I'm no expert in the field, but I have had success with it, you might not though. Also it took a few weeks for me to really notice any difference.

50mg Zink

1000mcg B-12

500mg Magnesium

>Success stories?

Sorry, none here.

>Are you hopeful?

Not particularly, I also deal with depression so hope is something I tend to lack most often.

>Does it even bother you anymore?

absolutely, I cannot go to concerts, often leave parties because they are too loud, it is a terrible inconvenience that only fuels my depression even more.


Any other questions?

u/1vibe · 2 pointsr/seduction

try something like these:

Play them off by saying you are an audiophile and respect your ears.

u/Freezerburn · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I use them for concerts and the gun range. Work great I can be in a loud area and still understand the person next to me. So I bought two one for me and the person with me at a concert or whatever loud area. They come with holders so you can keep them on key chain or whatever.

u/ThisIsAWorkAccount · 2 pointsr/drums

Here you go dude. These will be totally worth it.

Awesome set up space. I live in the city so I know how precious good jam space is!

u/rideincircles · 2 pointsr/festivals

If going custom, check out where you can find these off the Westone site. An audiologist visit is required. There are other options for custom than these, but I’m not sure what would be better.

For regular earplugs, this article goes through a bunch of options. Eargasm ranked high.

I always liked the etymotic er-20’s for my ears. Good quality, but minimal reduction in noise. They work better for smaller canals. The er-20xs is shorter, but is for bigger ears.

Searching amazon for hi-fi earplugs will land you a bunch of options.

u/samichpower · 2 pointsr/arcticmonkeys

I use the Etymotic ER20s. They surprised me because i expected the sound quality to turn to shit, but all it did was make the sound more quiet. The only thing I don't like about them are the stems sticking out of the sides but it's really not that big of an issue.

u/dgapa · 2 pointsr/festivals

I've tried about 4 or 5 brands, and this is the best. I usually buy a new pair every year because I use them so much.

u/5centraise · 2 pointsr/Music

These work pretty well and are inexpensive. I used to wear them when I played drums a lot, and I could tell a big difference afterwards using them vs. not using them.

u/gaddyboy · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Ear plugs, bruh. I have these on my keychain and use them when I see shows, play with a band, or for anything else that's loud like mowing the lawn.

u/theedang · 2 pointsr/Coachella

In my experience with these style of plugs, the DUBS are more comfortable and can be worn for longer periods of time without hurting your ears. If the hearos and DUBS are the same price, I would go for the DUBS.

The only thing that makes me skeptical about these new DUBS earplugs is that they don't have specs on how much protection you actually get.

u/unicornservingdonuts · 2 pointsr/Coachella

Order a pair of these: before you go. They are lifesavers and likely much better than the ones Coachella sent. Also come with a little plastic case and some string to keep them around your neck.

u/scramblor · 2 pointsr/musicians

I use Etymotic which looks to be the same thing. Not sure if there are any real differences or if it just branding.

u/cowmaster39 · 2 pointsr/casualiama

I really like these:

They reduce volume more evenly across the spectrum than the hearos foam plugs. The hearos plugs that look like these are identical, just rebranded and marked up.

u/somekindarobit · 2 pointsr/warriors

Get him (and yourself) some some ear plugs. It may not sound loud on TV, but it is LOUD in there, especially if the game is close and hyped. I know protecting your hearing is seen as "uncool" by a lot of people, but read up on hearing loss and Tinnitus. You can cause permanent damage pretty easily. Something like these reduce the volume without it sounding muffled.

u/NosillaWilla · 2 pointsr/lawncare

They can definitely hurt you, that's for sure. Might I recommend attenuated hearing protection? They are like mufflers but for your ears. At concerts with big sound systems if anything they make the music sound better too.

I really like this brand. And they're cheap.

u/ryan3243 · 2 pointsr/trance

I have a pair of Etymotic plugs that have worked pretty well for me over the years. Plus they're pretty cheap so it's not too bad if you lose them.

u/PhilHardingsHotPants · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Yes! It's like someone turned down the volume; you hear everything and it's so clear and not painful. I'm going to a music festival this weekend armed with these and I am not afraid.

u/AgreeableRooster · 2 pointsr/piccolo

I like these ones, and they aren’t too expensive!

if you want some super nice ones i know there are places where you can get a mold of your ear done and have an earplug the exact shape of your ear but i bet those are expensive

u/hopelessdrivel · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I've had tinnitus ever since marching season ended last year. I'm in the drumline, so noise is always a constant problem. I bought a couple pairs of earplugs and the problem hasn't gotten much worse since then.

It's worse whenever there is absolute silence. I always sleep with a fan on for that reason. If I hear it, it gets worse the moment I realize what it is, since it is no longer background noise and now the focus of my attention. It becomes almost deafening.

My advise: Talk to another doctor who will take you seriously and be aware of the noise level of your environment. I highly recommend these, since they don't distort the sound, just lower the volume.

u/alabomb · 2 pointsr/Metal

I'm an Audio Engineer (student...), so yes. I never used to before starting school, despite knowing full well how bad some concerts can be on your ears but needless to say my education has given me a much deeper appreciation (and sense of necessity, I guess) for taking care of my ears and my hearing. Like a lot of other people, I use ER-20s; cheap, effective, reusable. Perhaps down the road when I've got a bit more cash I can invest in some hearing protection that is a bit more permanent, though.

u/SirPeebers · 2 pointsr/jambands

I had a pair of these for about 6 months before I lost them at a festival. My experience with them is that they are great at reducing noise level. However, one of the reviews said that the Standard size was too small and to get Large but I found that for myself it felt like the Large kept coming out and I would have to push them back in every few minutes while dancing. I'm not sure if its because my ear canal is too small for them or if maybe I pushed them in too far and they just naturally wiggle out a bit as I only got to wear them to a few fests/shows.

edit: Also thank you for reminding me that I need to buy another pair. I'm going to buy the large again and see how it goes.

u/dumbolddoor · 2 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

I use these . Love them.

u/dreasurvive · 2 pointsr/Concerts

I refreshed before posting and sure enough, someone had just posted about these! I've been using them for years and they work great. Here's the link.

Edit: I bought them from their website back in the day because they weren't on amazon then. If you buy 3 or more it's cheaper from there. I think I bought like 5 pairs when I initially ordered and gave some to my concert buddies and sister.

u/svenr · 2 pointsr/gifs

LPT: If your worried about your link looking like an affiliate link, want to get rid of link tracking that only benefits the website, or simply want a cleaner link to post, you can almost always clean up links.

On Amazon, for example, the only thing necessary to link to a product page is the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN). The rest is just for SEO (e.g. product name), tracks where you clicked from and often even includes sensitive info like what search term you used (as in your example) or on some sites even your user name.

So turn this:

into this:

The same principle works on many sites. Here's a Google link:

Simplify to:

This way you often don't need URL shorteners, can still show people directly where you're linking and maintain a higher degree of privacy.

BTW, you could even do something like:
and it would still link to the same ear plugs because only the ASIN matters.

u/IHateTomatoes · 2 pointsr/Coachella

I recommend these earplugs if anyone wanted a link

u/matchy_blacks · 2 pointsr/TalesFromYourServer

I have a pair of these. They help a lot by blocking out the ambient crowd and music noise on some nights in our restaurant, but still letting me hear orders. Hearing loss runs in my family and loud noise makes me panicky, so these little babies are a huge help. U/Jacko37 has good suggestions too about basic knowledge. Also, practice carrying drink trays at home, preferably in the shoes you will wear at work. It really does get better with practice.

u/JustExtreme_sfw · 2 pointsr/unitedkingdom

I bought some of these for gigs a while ago as I like a lot of metal which tends to be quite loud live

I've found that now I just carry them everywhere on my keyring and used them when I went to the cinema the other day for the adverts (they seem to be louder than eveyrthing else for "some reason" i.e. the systematic psychological manipulation of consumer drones).

u/sometimes_I_eat_bats · 2 pointsr/Watches

Do you wear earplugs? Decent ones makes world of difference, not the shitty foam ones. Get a pair of these they have great sound reduction and still manage to keep the mix sounding good

u/periodicBaCoN · 2 pointsr/FireflyFestival

I've had these for 3 years now and I love them. There's a string that connects them so I don't lose one and while they make me bit lose my hearing at concerts, they still allow me to have conversations with anyone around no problem. I also have somewhat tiny ear canals and yet they stay nice and snug for me.

Edit: I give up trying to make that link look pretty on my phone.

u/Whiskey_Rox · 2 pointsr/bassnectar
Here's a link to some ear plugs I use at every show. keeps the ear drum from rattling. I can hear all pitches and still able to carry conversations with these still in my ears when away from the music. Just thought I'd share

u/wemmettb · 2 pointsr/EDM

There are some pretty good earplugs that lower volume rather than muffle it. Highly recommend for festivals/raves. Some people simply want to just muffle and block it out, you can still make out the music fine but I personally think it kills my vibe when its muffle'd out.

u/Hammiams · 2 pointsr/Metallica

As far as merch goes, your typical shirts, hats, a bag (looked dumb), and some few other things. I got a shirt from some fellow outside after the concert, because $50 for a shirt, hahaha fuck that.

Now as far as earplugs go, I'd recommend Ety Plugs saw them as a recommendation here on the subreddit a few months ago, and they fucking work. I put them in before Metallica came on, sounded great, but to see if they were really working I took them out for a few seconds mid show, sounded exactly the same except a lot louder. The difference in noise level was staggering, to say the least. When I had them in, I felt like I was just listening to music in my car and I don't keep the volume very loud, with them out? Felt like a megaphone up to my ear. I'd highly recommend these plugs to anyone.

u/not_a_toaster · 2 pointsr/Metal

I've been using these for several years and they've served me well.

u/murderfs · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions

In-ear headphones are extremely good at this, they're basically earplugs that can play sound. I like the etymotic HF-5, but you should consider buying a pair of their earplugs and making sure that they're comfortable for you (some people have small or easily irritable ear canals).

The one downside that I've had with them is that most of them are inconspicuous, so people tend to start talking to you and not realize that you can't actually hear them for several seconds.

u/PhoneWentWest311 · 2 pointsr/phish

I use these. They're comfortable and don't take the bass out. I didn't use them for SBB2, but did for the Forum. GA both nights.

u/TheodoreRoethke · 2 pointsr/tinnitus

Etymotic makes some really good earplugs, I've been using them for years. They attenuate the sound, not block it out. They're great for concerts, but I also wear them to clubs and riding my motorcycle. I always keep them with me just in case.

u/Chubbysquirrel8 · 2 pointsr/Blink182
u/BK2LA · 2 pointsr/DillingerEscapePlan

I have used these before and find them to be comfortable while still also keeping audible fidelity in most concert venues. Sorry that the link is Canadian but I'm mostly sure that you can find them in Australia. Seems to be a popular and reputable brand.

u/Rocko9999 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Happens. I have had about 5 pairs of the years have driver imbalance.

I would protect your ears though. Tinnitus for life sucks, trust me.

u/FlyingPiranha · 2 pointsr/deathgrips

I use these. Been wearing them to shows for three years now and I can vouch for them being able to really cut down the volume without sacrificing sound quality. Any sort of foam plugs you get in bulk are going to cut out most of the high frequencies and leave you hearing nothing but boomy bullshit, invest in a decent pair.

u/three_headed_boy · 2 pointsr/indieheads

What does the ringing sound like? Is it like sleigh bells or more like just a constant high pitched noise? I'll definitely be more cautious about music volumes now and I'll prolly get those earplugs you mentioned if I can get them in by thursday. Are these what you have?

u/Mikanj · 2 pointsr/tinnitus

I'm 22 man and I believe I have it also now, I think it started a little over a year ago. Consistent ring in the back of your head like after going to a concert but now it doesn't go away. So far It's been bothering me for about a month now or 2. What really kills me is that I'm a Musician DJ/EDM producer and this can be a very challenging road for me now. I probably should go to a doctor soon to get it checked to see where i am at. But hey man your not alone.

If you really like to go to concerts these air plugs are really awesome, they reduce the sound to a spot where they don't hurt your ears but you can still hear the lows, mids and highs pretty clearly! try em out

u/okcomputerface · 2 pointsr/misophonia

>She was nope.


Check out these earplugs as well. That company primarily make headphones. I have a pair of their headphones with that same triple flange-style insert. That style takes a little getting used to, but I found it worthwhile. Might be good for wearing at home.

If she listens to music to drown out sounds, they also make some kids' headphones with 300 ohms resistance to keeps the volume low. For me it's very tempting to just blast music and disregard my hearing.

u/Carpool14 · 2 pointsr/weightlifting
These are my favorite at this price point. They're "musician's" ear plugs that will block enough sound to protect you but you can still have a conversation while wearing them.

u/Carlos-Lopez · 2 pointsr/hearing

Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs, Blue Tip with Clear Stem, 1 Pair Standard Fit

Earasers Musicians Plugs Medium

u/GhostOfTheNet · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Do you use any ear-plugs? I use these for many things. This one in particular doesn't block out sound completely, but it has a muffling effect to a certain point.

You've gone through war, so it is understandable, and I am glad that things are pretty much manageable for you.

u/PapsmearAuthority · 2 pointsr/Concerts

you could just go to the drug store and buy normal foam earplugs there. That's what most people do I think. I definitely have the same idea. I think I have some mild ringing caused by too many concerts, and the last one I went to wasn't even that loud and my ears still kind of hurt.

You can get earplugs that are supposed to dampen all frequencies equally, but I don't know if that's bs or not. I bought some but have yet to test them out. I doubt you'd notice much of a difference anyways. They are pretty cheap so w/e

u/OmegaCenti · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

This is just a very generalized example mind you with the google search "Musician's ear plugs" .

A link from google chosen from the first page going to amazon

There are more expensive options that have active (electronic: read relatively expensive) flat attenuation. These should perform adequately though by reducing sound by about 20dB while still maintaining all frequencies are lowered the same amount .

Hope this helped!

u/napura · 2 pointsr/Metal

I haven't used those specifically, but I have used a similar pair of silicone ones after I lost my etymotic ones. They worked okay, but they were kind of annoying, didn't stay in. They definitely blocked out noise. But I went back to these because they fit better and don't sound so muffled.

u/Crowing77 · 2 pointsr/grandrapids

Welcome to the area. Actually, I was just at the Pyramid Scheme a few days ago with a group of people for We Were Promised Jetpacks but it sounds like you had better opening bands for this show than we did. I know GR isn't as big, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how GR compares to Seattle for beer and nightlife :)

Oh yeah, and if you enjoy live music then something like these are a good investment--as long as you remember to bring them!

u/knotted_donuts · 2 pointsr/OutsideLands

This. With proper ear plugs, you can protect your hearing and enjoy the music all the same. Here's a sample graph of how high-fidelity ear plugs compare to the standard foam counterparts. What you're looking for is an even attenuation for all frequencies. If you've used foam ear plugs in the past, you're probably familiar with the "muddy" sound these can create, a result of losing your mid- to high- frequency ranges. Hi-Fi plugs will retain these frequencies more evenly, allowing for a much more "true" sound at a reduced decibel level.

You can get the Etymotic plugs fairly cheap on Amazon. At $15, you won't be breaking the bank, and you'll have a much more enjoyable experience over foam or no ear plugs at all (tinnitus is no fun, and is a sign of permanent damage).

Alternatively, if you're a concert junkie and want to make a serious investment, there are companies that manufacture custom-molded ear plugs (example here). These range upwards of $200, and they involve visiting an audiologist to get molds of your ear canals, which are then sent to the manufacturer to craft them to your personal specification (color, style, etc). The result is similar to the Etymotic plugs in terms of attenuation, but are far superior in terms of comfort and longevity. Plus, you can swap out attenuators to suit your environment. For example, I typically use 15dB for concerts, but I could bump it up to 25dB if I'm going to be working in a machine shop or other excessively loud environment.

No matter your budget, hearing protection should be your #1 priority at concerts. Even if you can't afford to spend a dime, the health clinic within the festival grounds will provide foam ear plugs (with a suggested donation). Take care of your ears, and you'll be enjoying concerts for decades!

u/nathanLee · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

Yes the limiter is a good idea if you're worried about your ears. When making music, just turn down the volume of your computer. Wear earplugs when you go see shows. These are pretty cheap and will do the job.

u/Pimparoo · 2 pointsr/sludge

Simple solution!

Seen Yob twice now and they are awesome.

u/Bandikoto · 2 pointsr/ConcertBand

I was pointed at these Etymotic plugs, then I left the band with the trumpet section that couldn't play below forte and were right behind me. There were times when not only could I not hear my bass clarinet, I couldn't feel it play, either, aside from the vibration in the mouthpiece.

The last straw was a combination of the timpani player who couldn't tune his instrument and the trumpet blast in my ears inducing a migraine.

u/ytup1 · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If you have the foam ones, you can try not putting them in as far as you normally do so that it doesn't cut the sound quite as much.

There are also these ones made for musicians, which attenuate all frequencies by pretty much the same amount, instead of attenuating the highs more than the lows like the foam ones do.

u/ArtOfConfusion · 2 pointsr/trap

It's always a little bit muted of course, but if you invest in a decent pair, it will totally be worth it in the long run. I picked up a pair of these cheap Etymotics, and they've saved me so many times going to clubs, shows and festivals. Of course if a song that you just want to fully "experience" comes on, feel free to take them out, but if you plan on attending a lot of live events in the future, I really suggest you get a pair. You get used to it and your older self will thank you.

In terms of going as a 16 year old, you'll be fine as long as you don't do anything really stupid. The teenagers that annoy people are the ones who think they're hot shit, get in peoples faces, act obnoxious and overdose on drugs because they have no idea what they're doing. Just play it cool, enjoy the music and be considerate and you'll be fine

u/jon36992002 · 2 pointsr/Metal

I use these for both concerts and practices with my band. They tend to roll off the low end a bit (which can be treacherous in practices) but tends to be beneficial when the sound guy at a concert is used to mixing EDM. I recommend them to everyone.

u/DJMully · 2 pointsr/Shambhala

I love my Etymotic ER-20s. They're designed to filter out all frequencies equally (and Etymotic has a stellar reputation for frequency response with their earphones) so you can still hear people talking well etc. They have a small size and a large size. The easiest place to get them from is Amazon (~$15) - small or large ... also in colours!.

Eatbuddies are similar but have a smaller profile (the ER-20s stick out of your ear a bit, though I don't mind and no one ever notices). They also seem to be a bit more expensive and don't publish a frequency chart like this one for the ER-20s, so I can't speak to the sound accuracy.

u/A-Shitty-Engineer · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Earplugs are great for riding, especially once you get on the freeway and you're getting blasted constantly with wind. It's really important to protect your ears. Something like [these]( ) reduce the wind noise but still let you hear things like horns. Maybe not as necessary on city roads.

u/LoveBeingLoved · 1 pointr/Metal

Here's what I use.

u/tuckedfexas · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Thanks to some comments of yours the other day, I got hearing protection. I decided to try out some cheap amazon option, they aren't the best fit but it feels like they're almost blocking too much sound. Like I almost can't hear my engine, which is decently loud, at a stop which is kind of unnerving. I might try the custom route eventually, but it seems like these are good for now? Am I protecting my ears enough?

u/Frostymnl · 1 pointr/electricdaisycarnival

I have these ones one of the biggest things i need with my earplugs is the string i got other ones that don't have the string and I lose them WAY to fast.

u/Software_Entgineer · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

I have these and absolutely love them.

u/TheStonedApeTheory · 1 pointr/EDM

I'd recommend getting musicians earplugs, something like this; youll get the protection you need without sacrificing the experience:

u/Nichpett_1 · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

I just bought a pair of these for these years forest.

u/mpelleg459 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm not a musician, but I've worn these to shows for years and they really save your ears while still preserving the sound of the music, and they are slightly cheaper than the first response you got (though, especially if you're a musician, definitely don't cheap out on your ears, if there's a difference between the products).

Edit: the link might be nice.

u/the_progrocker · 1 pointr/doommetal

Correct answer. I used to never wear them to concerts, and it's dumb. You can hear the bands perfectly with them in and save your hearing. I bought these ones and use them for everything:

u/Mithster18 · 1 pointr/greenday

I saw them on Sunday in Auckland. I wore ear plugs, not the Foam ones but these ones. The opening band was a bit hard to hear, but it was possibly because I didn't know them or their music. Everything from Green Day was heard perfectly, the bass was too much although that was probably due to the sound travelling through my body (same reason our voices sound lower to us.) I was also 4th from the front, my friends ears were ringing afterwards, whereas I felt as I'd just got off a plane.

Up to you, they're your ears, but you only have 1 set to last you. There's a reason artist's use IEM', I even saw some seasoned metal-heads using cheap foam ones.

u/azikrogar · 1 pointr/Frugal

If you want musician ear plugs, look not further than I've been using them for about a year now as a band director and they are amazing.

u/broken_cogwheel · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Try something like:

I HATE those cheap and shitty disposable ear plugs. These...I can sleep in even.

Good luck.

u/ptntprty · 1 pointr/Coachella

I was going to buy some anyway so I won't consider it in the contest, but I still really appreciate the suggestion... and that's very generous of you to offer to pass along the potential prize!

These are the ones I currently have in my cart - I'd read good things but I'd love to hear your thoughts.

A little background - I'd always thought it was really nerdy to wear earplugs at shows/clubs/festivals as an occasional attendee... but I've been to a few clubs lately that have literally hurt my ears they were so loud, and a recent Eric Prydz show I went to left my ears ringing for days. It's just no good and I intend to reduce the risk of any further damage... I urge others to take preemptive action because tinnitus is fucking wack.

u/Irishprisoner7 · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

I’m looking to get some earplugs and heard etymotics are pretty good. Now my question is what’s the difference between this one ($25) Vs this one ($20)

Upon reading it seems like the $20 ones have inserts that stick out whereas the $25 are more like regular earbuds. Anyone have any advice on which to get? I will probably wear a bandana so I don’t want the plugs getting caught or pulled out

u/becauseifeelikeit · 1 pointr/Music

i just use regular foam earplugs, like HEROES or something. When I drum, I use something like these and i imagine they would be good for concerts too.

u/trimalchio-worktime · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

And you didn't even mention getting some of these to protect your ears from permanent damage?

Also, much love for the FutureSonics FS1 In-Ear headphones. They're my favorite headphones I've ever owned, I have them with the apple iphone cables from

u/Droid017 · 1 pointr/Coachella

Dubs suck anyways, spend the $13 on Amazon for These which sound far better.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/Coachella


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u/girlieq3 · 1 pointr/EDM

Pro-plug. Decent ones, not the cheap foam ones. They're only a few bucks. I don't always wear them, but I always carry them. If it gets a little loud, I pop them in. No more ear ringing. If it's a quieter shows they usually stay in my bag. I really should wear them all the time but I don't always think of it.

... I'm only 24 but I've been to plenty of shows in the last couple years and my ears are already starting to ring, DAYS after shows, just at random. That's already the start of hearing damage. I've only had the earplugs for the last couple months.

I also use these plugs other people have mentioned. Absolutely no effect on the quality of music, unlike foam plugs.

u/gtani · 1 pointr/Trombone

You'll see lots of jazz/pop etc bands using IEMs for live monitoring, you can think about investing in a pair. I've been looking at $250 Alclair entry model:

Otherwise the musician's plugs that Etymotic sells work pretty well:

u/dewfairy · 1 pointr/aspergers

These help me a lot.

u/PotatosAreDelicious · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Try these

u/thedeadsigh · 1 pointr/Music

absolutely! i used to go to metal shows and come home with rining in my ears for at least a day or two. i went to a small music festival (shouts out to prog power usa!) and they recommended the Etymotic earplugs and i've been wearing them for the last few years to every show i go to.

would absolutely recommend!

u/lionatthedoor · 1 pointr/ToolBand

The sound is fantastic, they have an amazing engineer to dial it in. Do yourself a favor and invest in some decent earplugs. As others have stated, it's exceptionally loud. My chest was sore after the Denver show...those subwoofers are no joke.

I'd recommend either of these...they will attenuate the sound, but not muffle it:


Etymotic Research

u/DuncRed · 1 pointr/AskUK

In that case, try some of these. I'm not a shill for Etymotic, I promise! I use these for gigs and F1 races, when the cars used to be really loud. I find that I get a "rattle" when the noise is too much. These fix that problem by knocking the signal down 20dB fairly evenly across the spectrum. Click the "Tech Specs" tab.

u/CaptainVulva · 1 pointr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

Come to think of it, whistling might be exactly the kind of sound that can be effectively blocked by earplugs, especially the kind of earplugs that are supposed to allow speech through but block other frequencies

u/geeyoupee · 1 pointr/electricdaisycarnival

I highly recommend you get these earplugs. These music earplugs lower the sound so it's not muffled like regular earplugs. Although they do make the music sound a little different.

It comes with a key chain pouch so you will never forget to bring it. Better start protecting your ears before it's too late.

When I go to the clubs with other people, they never say the music is loud but when I take out the earplugs, the music hurts my ears. The reason it doesn't hurt other peoples ears is because theirs are damaged where they aren't that sensitive anymore. They are really going to pay for it when they get older.

The movie "It's gone all Pete Tong" is about a dj who loses his hearing. pretty interesting.

u/chef_baboon · 1 pointr/sleep

I've used these at concerts and they work amazingly well. I'm not sure how comfortable they would be to sleep with though (especially on your side).

u/SmarmySalamander · 1 pointr/IAmA

Get yourself a pair of Etymotic Research earplugs. Or foam ones would work. I never travel without one of the two.

u/banjaxe · 1 pointr/Deathmetal

I just switched to etymotic ear plugs, and used them at a show last night. cheap, decent sound quality. recommended.

u/shazbot28 · 1 pointr/Coachella

What @thirtynation said. I've used the same model for many concerts including Coachella.

u/dunnowins · 1 pointr/formula1

Etymotic or high fidelity ear plugs.

Check them out here

I only know of these because I go to a lot of music festivals and they are a god send. They preserve sound quality, especially human speech, while knocking down the volume a bit to prevent hearing loss. There are many different kinds and I'm sure if you're an F1 driver you can get a set that are designed for your ear specifically.

EDIT: Manufacturer's website

u/Chocolate1ce · 1 pointr/drums

Thanks for the response. I was looking at these, they seem to have the equal sound distribution that you we're talking about.

u/MonsterDevourer · 1 pointr/AskMen

Get these. It's insane how different your ears feel after the rave when you actually protect them vs when you don't

u/bmanrocks · 1 pointr/sabaton

I definitely recommend getting some! Even Sabaton plays loud enough to damage your hearing.

These are what I use and are less than $20 on Amazon. They just turn down the volume a little without sounding muffled and can actually make it easier to hear the details of the music.

Etymotic High Fidelity Earplugs, ER20 ETY-Plugs, Standard Fit Blue Tip, 1 pair

u/watch-tan · 1 pointr/drumcorps

i asked a well-respected brass instructor about this a while ago, and what he told me is that playing with ear-canal sealing ear protection creates a false inner pitch that's about ten cents higher than your natural pitch. he wouldn't let us wear any ear-canal sealing ear protection for this reason- stuff like earasers, those plugs you linked, and so on.

they honestly probably don't create that big of a difference in your personal practice, especially if you play with a tuner. just something to think about.

also fwiw the eargasms you're linking to are mega overpriced for what they are. etymotic research is the originator of the high-fidelity cone plug design, and you can get theirs on amazon for a little less than half the cost of those eargasm plugs plus a cord at no extra charge. check them out here. i wear them at most rehearsals i teach, now. they're indispensable.

u/fraseyboy · 1 pointr/audioengineering

Too loud. Wear earplugs.

Never heard of earplugs getting stuck in ears, even the low profile ones... And the ER20XS are also not actually that low-profile compared to some competitors.

If it's truly a concern though you could just get the standard ER20:

u/FlyNap · 1 pointr/tinnitus

This. Etymotic makes good, unobtrusive plugs that attenuate sound with even frequency response. Highly recommended.

u/losemymind1 · 1 pointr/Dentistry

I bought a foam pair from etymotic for 10 bucks. Reduces dB by 20 or something, works awesome. The high end electronic one is cool, but way too expensive.
amazon link

u/Snops1017 · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

I'm getting contacts in a few weeks and I plan on bringing both. Keep in mind I've never been to roo either, so I'm not telling you this from experience, but I think contacts during the day to wear with sunglasses with the option to wear glasses at night is the way to go.

Also, since you've never been to a concert before, definitely bring earplugs. Several pairs as backup. Not everyone needs them, but after concerts I get bad tinnitus for a week or so and I can't focus on anything else. I strongly recommend these.

u/Shredderofthegnar · 1 pointr/tinnitus

These earbuds are filtered, but only offer a 20 dB cut.
There are a lot better ones like these, but are a little more expensive. I haven't used them, but have heard great things about them.

u/toastybeast · 1 pointr/indieheads

These ones from Etymotic have served me well. It's such a great feeling to be able to enjoy a show and not worry that I'm doing permanent damage. Also, the sound quality is much better than the muffled noise you'll get with cheap foam earplugs.

u/sourgangbang · 1 pointr/festivals

I've had these for almost 3 years and they are the best 13$ I've ever spent. I forget I have them in, and they have never fallen out. Highly recommend.

u/InvertedSpork · 1 pointr/Metallica

I recommend getting these! I’ve been using them since Chicago’s stadium gig last year and they work really well. They block just enough sound to protect your hearing but never to the point where it makes it difficult to hear the lyrics and or instruments.

u/The_Real_DeFalco · 1 pointr/edmproduction

And they work well for you? Do u know how many dB they reduce the SPL by? I use these but lately I've been questioning how much they are really protecting my ears...

u/steadylit · 1 pointr/trap

I use these, they're awesome and they keep great sound quality

u/Scythe42 · 1 pointr/aspergers

I really like these earplugs. The foam ones hurt my ears too. I have really small ears. These silicone ones help me at movie theaters and such.

u/CMac86 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Mine do. However, I've been playing in rock bands since I was 11 (I'm 32 now). My full-time job is music, and I know that my hearing has gotten worse. I've learned that I lip read quite a bit, so if there is a lot of ambient noise, I have a hard time understanding the other person if I can't see their mouth. The ringing when I'm in a quiet room is more noticeable. I have to do an annual hearing test, and that thing drives me nuts. The room is isolated enough that I hear the ringing during the test, and when the test frequency is at or close to the ringing, I have a hard time detecting it.

I'd wear ear plugs when you go to loud concerts or venues, whether it is from a bulk pack of foamies (foam ear plugs) or picking up some ER-20's. ER-20's are cost efficient and do a good job.

u/Rollos · 1 pointr/Rezz

I did the same, and it was absolutely worth the money, however if that is out of your price range, these were what I used before, and they were great. Pretty solid frequency response.

u/Neurotikitty · 1 pointr/misophonia

I have some hifi earplugs that work great for concerts because they allow some sounds in (the band you're trying to hear) but block out a lot of the excessive noise.

They happen to be good for regular environments, too. They don't block everything, especially voices, but the ambient noise is blocked pretty well.

The ones I have are Hearos brand, but pretty much any kind shaped like this should work.

u/Redalb · 1 pointr/tinnitus

I use these and they work quite well. You can still hear all of the music but its just not as loud. You can understand people easier too when trying to talk during music.

Amazon Link

u/Lakerz4life · 1 pointr/trap

I just use foam earplugs that I get from work but I always see people saying good things about Etymotic earplugs

u/just_some_gomer · 1 pointr/Bass

etymotic earplugs are cheap on amazon and work great. i love mine. they are always in my pocket.

u/Nope- · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Try wearing earplugs, preferably something like these, though disposable ones from the local pharmacy are better than nothing. For me at least, it was almost the single biggest thing that reduced the amount of fatigue I felt when riding.

u/Chopstick2U · 1 pointr/SLO

I'll be there!

Evidently, the band considers their latest album, Noise, to be their "most defining effort" to date. I wouldn't call it my favorite Boris album, but it's my favorite from the last 6 years (maybe even better than Smile). The album just came out, so you can expect it to feature prominently in the set.

Make sure you check it out before the show:

Edit: I saw them a few years back in SLO Brew, and I saw them at the Echo in LA. The setlist was better at the Echo, but I think the SLO Brew show was actually more impressive because it's such a small venue and Boris was so unbelievably fucking loud! Earplugs are essential. I recommend you use some decent ones like these. Boris always sells earplugs like these at their shows with a band logo on the case. At the very least, bring some foamies just in case.

u/thatg33kgirl · 1 pointr/migraine

I have two kinds of earplugs for my sound sensitive days, depending on situation.

I have these normal kind of ear plugs for when I'm alone and just need to not hear sounds around the house, such as the clock ticking across the room, the neighbor's dog barking, and so on. I hear the blue kind they make are nice too, but I bought a two pack of these several years ago and reuse them until they wear out (that's probably gross, but hey, I clean them off and only I use them) so they've lasted me awhile. I also notice they are a LOT more comfy than other brands that I've used that have added to the pain of the migraine. They still can take a bit to get used to though.

When I'm around people/out in public and need to hear people but quieter I use these bad boys. They kind of look a little goofy and aren't as comfy as the hearos but they do the job and muffle the sound, yet I can still hear things. I think of it as a reverse hearing aid. On my really bad migraine days, I still can't go out in public to really loud places (-cough- OLIVE GARDEN where my in-laws love to go) and be comfortable even with these, but if I have to go somewhere like the grocery or a social gathering these sure help. And come in a variety of colors, just in case you want to be snazzy!

That might not help a whole lot, but it at least helps me a bit. If I could wear noise-cancelling headphones to bed (or even better, have a noise-proof bedroom!) I would, but at least for me the earplugs help a ton.

u/i91809 · 1 pointr/mysteryland

I used these earplugs and they worked wonders as far as not muffling the music nearly as badly as the normal foam ones you get at CVS or whatever

u/GlobbyDoodle · 1 pointr/ADHD

I don't know much about this, but a few suggestions:

  • You might try the type of earplugs that orchestra musicians use. They need to be able to hear the music, but need to protect their ears as well. Etymotic makes awesome earplugs.

  • Contact an audiologist. They have and know about a lot of cool products that could help!

u/sblme03 · 1 pointr/swans

I wore these when I saw Swans and the show still sounded great imo:

u/LtDarthWookie · 1 pointr/audiophile

Nice! Personally I've bought a set of these to wear during our services I'll have to see how everything is in the new building, but we've got a couple weeks before we meet there.

u/officialdoughboy · 1 pointr/ChristianMusic

Short and simple - Have fun, if you get to meet the band do.

And not to sound old, but take ear plugs. I did band (concert/marching) all through school, played in my own band and did music ministry at church and my ears are beat. There are plugs like this - that still let the sound through and protect you from how loud the concert is going to be.

u/ub3rr4v3 · 1 pointr/electricdaisycarnival

I was torn between the downbeats and the etymotic but decided on the earpeace after watching some video reviews. Hopefully theyre worth it!

u/MrStudentDude · 1 pointr/aspergers

Glad you had a good time! [I had these] ( when I went to a show last Friday, and they turned what would have been a night of pain and exhaustion into one of the highlights of my life. I suggest you get a pair.

u/fassaction · 1 pointr/Music

They actually sell "musician ear plugs"....I bought a set from amazon for about 12 bucks. They lower the volume, not make it all muffled like rubber and foam earplugs. Best 12 bucks I ever spent.

u/blakrazor · 1 pointr/electricdaisycarnival

The ear plugs I have are the Etymotic Ear Plugs. They come with their special carrying case and attachment string so you don't lose them.

As far as croakies go, you can grab them almost anywhere from Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Store, Greek stores, etc. They come in many styles whether thick and flat with words/designs or more round and like a string. I'd take a look at the croakies on amazon to see what kind of style you like and would fit your glasses. If you want to go all out, check out croakies on Greek Stores or places like Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Brooks Brothers, for some classy designed ones.

u/almostaccepted · 1 pointr/drums

Etymotic are earplugs designed for musicians, and they're like $12. This is what I've used for almost two years, and I wouldn't recommend any other hearing protection for daily use/practice/gigging. HAVING SAID THAT, I've also noticed the way my kit sounds mic'ed up and through studo monitors sounds really similar to what playing them sounds like with cans, so I try those on to hear a pseudo-preview of what my drum parts might sound like in a studio setting.

u/joshmcroberts · 1 pointr/aves

I'm going with a few friends, can't wait. Earplugs are a must. I've had great experiences with these -- saved my ears at Seven Lions @ Royale last week.

u/wolvie604 · 1 pointr/BurningMan

A few little things that have become essential for my burn:

  • Ear plugs for dancing: I can still have conversations with these, but they block the most harmful frequencies. I haven't had next-morning ringing ears for years after discovering these.

  • Neti pot. No explanation needed.

  • Tennis ball on the end of your kickstand, if you care about your bike staying upright when you park it.

  • Vitamins/Supplements: 5-HTP, Ginger Root, good multivitamin (NOW brand is one of the best), Zinc.
u/caveat_cogitor · 1 pointr/Documentaries

For anyone even without specific/significant trauma, TAKE CARE OF YOUR EARS. It's not hard to do, and a small amount of effort will make your life both easier and more enjoyable. My favorite thing to suggest is "musicians" ear plugs, for example:


... they hardly change the character of sounds, like regular ear plugs do, and make loud events and concerts have way less detrimental effect on your hearing... plus later that night you can hear fine and don't have ringing in your ears when you try to sleep. For the price, in the long term they are worth 100x what they cost... get 2-3 pairs, put one in your glove box, another in your backpack or purse, and keep another at home in case you lose one. Get a pair for a friend, whatever... more people need to know about these things, they are gold. They are basically ear plugs with a small whole going all the way through.

u/Bear_Cavalry · 1 pointr/MetalMemes

You can find Hearos at guitar center.

If you have time for shipping I recommend Etymotic.

u/gtlloyd · 1 pointr/motorcycles

They are fine under the helmet for me. Can't speak for how you'll experience them. However, a cheap test might be to buy some Etymotic earplugs (ER20 from Amazon for example) which have the same ear inserts, and roughly the same dimensions as the headphones.

Also, it's good to have earplugs anyway.

u/BriceBurnsRed · 1 pointr/DJs

Ah, that makes sense! Yeah when you get a drummer up there that can hold a steady double bass roll while beating on his various crash cymbals, it gets pretty damn noisy lol.

I've been using a set of hearos ultimate softness disposables the past dozen or so shows and I'm pretty happy with them, but sometimes feel they add a "muddiness" to the music. I've been considering these since they have a 29 NRR and are made for live music, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

u/kaptain_carbon · 1 pointr/Metal

Always wear earplugs. Seek out support for tinnitus if things get too bad.

u/cdtinney · 1 pointr/ottawa

+1 for EarPeace. Another great option is Etymotic.

u/Katyafan · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

I use ear plugs, not the cheap ones that stick out of your ear and don't work, but the ones musicians use. These are the ones I like the best:

u/constantlyoff · 1 pointr/Coachella

Get these, wear them (they are comfortable) all three days, don't hate your life every morning when you wake up and your ears are ringing

u/FeelMeRawr · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

etymotic standard plugs are tiny and best plugs have ever used. amazing on flights and great for clubs or concerts. filters bad highs and lows and allows mids through.

guy next to me at iron maiden concert was also wearing etymotic plugs and struck up conversation with him.....middle of concert in front row both just talking normal speaking volume and not yelling.....and we could both understand each other. lol

u/canuckalert · 0 pointsr/Calgary

For great ear plugs I use these Etymotics. I use them at concerts and when I was working in a Machinist Shop. You can get them on Amazon as well.

I have been using the Jaybird X3 earbuds for about 4 months now and am very please with the noise cancellation. They are an easier hit on the pocket than the Bose and sound pretty great.

u/FinnTheEnt · -1 pointsr/videos

All I could think of were Etymotic Earplugs. These should be a must for all live music goers. Love your ears so you can love your music.