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Hearing Loss and Ear Plugs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Boplicity, Jul 28, 2000.

  1. FingerDub

    FingerDub Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2016
    Ok, I finally joined the party. I got the Entymotic plugs rated at 20db, and so far, so good. I used them at practice last week and am very surprised at how well they actually work. Comfortable too.
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  2. I have played part time for years in medium volume bands. I have tinnitus.

    I'm about to turn 60, so it's an accumulation of music, power tools and marital arguments. Nevertheless, protection is extremely important.
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  3. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
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  4. Over a year ago I agreed to get my hearing tested

    E NT diagnosed tumor on auditory nerve
    Not terminal and cure meant deafness in that ear
    2nd opinion from hearing aid spealist aid have severly congested eustacian tubes
    Ill schedule ENT again and keep TB posted
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
  5. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Good luck
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  6. Appt. with E N T scheduled
    May 8

    Lots of nose blowing opened tubes.

    Still going to seek advice from ENT

    I'll post again afterward
  7. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    I have in different db ratings. This highest the closed 30db is for leaf blowing or detonating ordinance if you play hurt locker on the weekends. :) I use the cable between saves from losing. No discomfort since they are made for your ears. Foam distorts the music sound enough for me to not want to use. Frequencies are missing, timing can sound off. I wear when I go to concerts or clubs too. Often the volume in the audience sound is way louder than my peeps are making on stage.
    Last edited: May 10, 2017
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  8. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I have been using earasers which have a NRR of 5. Will going up to a NRR 7 Westone provide enough more protection that it's worth it? I have the ety which are a bit much at 13.
  9. As promised back in April

    I visited ENT as I had suffered severe congestion in my ears

    As before he said probable tumor

    I took CT and MRI$$$$$

    Result showed no tumor present

    Some anatomical anomalies in my sinuses treatable with surgery and possibly tubes in ears

    I carried burden of tumor for over 2 years Glad it's behind me

    Still have tinnitus in both ears due to over exposure and age

    Please protect your hearing
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
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  10. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    Hi all, I've been using Etymotic ER20 universal plugs for 15 years or so but am interested in some earplugs with less attenuation for playing lower volume jazz rather than going completely plug-less like I have been in those situations. I will probably spring for custom plugs with a -9dB filter within the next little while but wanted to know if there are any good universal plugs with similar attenuation that would do in the meantime? Thanks!
  11. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I use the Westone custom plugs, and switch back and forth between the 15 and 25 db filters. There is a 10db filter also available that may work for you. I've been happy with the Westones and have been using them since around 2000. Had to get new molds a few years ago since my ear canal changed shape a little over time.
  12. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    Glad to hear it! I will look into those in future. At the moment I'm asking about universal (i.e. non-custom) plugs though.
  13. cheapimitation


    Mar 23, 2007
    I've been interested in the same thing, and have been experimenting with cutting a foam plug in half lengthwise, and also using Etymotic tri-flange ear tips with a piece of wooden match stick inserted into the hole. Both give reduced attenuation in comparison to non-altered ear plugs (I also use the ER-20 in louder situations).
  14. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    Didn't your mum ever warn you about putting matchsticks in your ears?? :roflmao:
  15. basicdrummer


    Mar 13, 2014
    Well, custom Musician's hearing protectors as mentioned are the only way to go to get quality sound and a 25 db cut in over-all volume. When your play at 120 or more on stage, you can lose 25db and still "feel" it and have more than enough to still do damage (over time). So unless you are into playing some jazz, you better watch it. The worst part, is that when you get old, you will not be able to listen to loud music because it will cause a lot of pain and irritation because of the damage. I have read that low frequencies actually can cause more damage that high freqs. because the fine hairs in the ear ALL get damaged with low end, whereas the high Fz's do kill the smaller hairs only and leave the larger ones alone. Cotton and bees wax - old school. The sailors on the USS Constitution (old ironsides) back in the 1700's 1800's would used this method and use their classy sailor ties to keep the cotton and wax plugging up their ears. Dispite this, most would lose much or all of their hearing within like 6 weeks of being on that ship. Can you imagine? Cannons firing all the time at well over 150 - 160 db! Plugs not cool? Neither is saying "what?" all the time or a hearing aid that needs the batteries changed all the time. Not cool at all.
  16. I can't remember if this was posted or not. I have a pair of their molded ear plugs for work (local safety coference and they make them while you wait).
    Their monitors are pricey, but I believe they would be worth it...

    Custom In Ear Monitors | Insta-Mold Products Inc.
  17. nitrobrother

    nitrobrother Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Scottsdale, AZ
    So I recently went in to my audiologist (SEVERE loss, especially in low frequencies, in both ears :( - getting hearing aids) to talk about getting some Westone's and she asked a curious question: Did I want her to submit the order to Westone or would I want to submit it directly myself (she'd do the molds either way). She didn't indicate that there was any significant cost difference either way. What did you all who have Westone's do?
  18. Bridge Cables

    Bridge Cables Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Southern N C
    I always use ear plugs to save what little I still have when playing with folks. My early years were without ear plugs, sheesh. Then my right ear was totally taken out by a Meniere’s like disease, with icing on the cake of permanent tinnitus, sounds like a water fall thank goodness. Left ear I’ve lost a bit, but somewhat workable. It is still a major pita to learn a song and also get the key right, so I’m out of the bands, oh well, (good song), headphones at a reasonable volume and I can still rip it up

    Rollin ‘n Tumblin is my fav if one knows about Meniere’s, there is a fit, quite violent, knocked me out once hitting some furniture.

    BC ;)
  19. BlacksHole


    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    Re: Westone - I never had an option, they handled it.
  20. Dr said i had a bit of tinitus in right ear developing.
    I just ordered the ER-20's off Amazon.
    The thing I am curious about is as the the singer will I be able to hear and be able to stay in pitch and tune with song correctly.
    We will see.
    Got to save those ears though!!

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