As the weekend is here and hopefully you are all playing high dollar gigs this weekend for adoring fans everywhere, I thought I'd share my thoughts on my newest toy! My wife said "you are getting old...start thinking about earplugs" I said "What did you say?" Off to the store I went. Hearos (not the foam ones, the one's with the filter) reduce the decibals -15db with no high end or, MORE IMPORTANTLY, low end loss...Muffle the annoying Cymbals, and you can still hear everything at a reasonable level...I bought them at Sam Ash for about $15.00. I will no longer play without them. They are comfortable too if you put them on correctly. I have been wearing them for about a month now at practices and gigs and love them! I found I have more stamina while playing as I am not suffering from sensory overload and my days of next day "ear hangovers" have been history. I actually enjoy listening to the radio on my way home from gigs now!