In the mid-late 1980's, I was diagnosed with minor tinnitus and some hearing loss in my left ear. During the 90's, I didn't play live music since my kids were small so the hearing problem was a minor irritation. For the past year and a half, I've been playing bass again. This weekend I tried using ear plugs for the first time at a job. I took them out after the first song. I could hear the instruments OK, but it was conversation level. I wasn't comfortable not being able to assess the total volume of the band. For the guys who wear hearing protection - How long did it take before you got comfortable wearing earplugs? Was it difficult getting used to them? Do you think earplugs affect your playing?