Earplugs and Monitors for Musicians
Musicians, from classical orchestras to rock groups, are exposed to high decibel volume ranges. Hearing is important to the livelihood of a musician. Musical performance may create sounds loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss. Some hearing loss in musicians may be considered occupational hearing loss, and a deficit in hearing ability will interfere with the musician's ability to perform the daily tasks of his or her profession.
Not only can musicians suffer from hearing loss, but many musicians often experience a ringing in their ears (tinnitus) and various pitch-perception problems. Music lovers should be modest in the length of time and level of loud music to which they expose their ears. Many performing musicians use in-ear monitors to regulate the levels of sound they absorb on the stage while performing.
Musicians have unique needs when it comes to hearing protection. They need to protect their hearing, but they also need to be able to hear their own music clearly, as well as hear other musicians' music and voices while performing.
Conventional store-bought earplugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they provide more reduction in sound in the high frequencies than the low and mid range, which produces unnatural, muffled sound.
Most musicians do not need maximum protection. What they need is to reduce sound evenly at all frequencies. This can be accomplished through earplugs that are specifically designed for musicians. These custom made earplugs offer a range of hearing protection to accommodate different playing styles, sound levels and venues.
Musician's earplugs are not just for musicians. They are also a popular hearing protection option for:
- Sound crews
- Recording engineers
- Band teachers
- Airline personnel
- Athletic coaches
- NFL football players
- Medical professionals
- Construction workers
- Industrial workers
- Truck drivers
Your audiologist can assist you in selecting the best option for you.