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New Hudson Highlander 12-20-2018 05:22 AM

Hearing protection
 
I have a friend who is interested in hearing protection for concerts and such. In the past when I played the GHBs, I had success with Etymotic ER-20 plugs.

It looks like they've been improved since I bought a pair maybe...15 years ago or so.

Any thoughts on hearing protection for concert goers? I did suggest that the professional audiologist quality noise reduction is the best, and she's considering that route. However, I was curious and wanted to get an update on "OTC" priced hearing protection.

Texas Gael 12-20-2018 06:56 AM

Re: Hearing protection
 
I wear my Etymotic ER-20 ear plugs all the time, for other activities than bagpiping. I really like them and have been wearing them for about 10 years now, wished I had started earlier. Just found out that another bagpiping friend has lost his hearing, sad. Do everything you can to protect your hearing!

Cheers -

Wes

John McCain 12-20-2018 09:36 AM

Re: Hearing protection
 
I have (what must be) highly sensitive hearing so I carry earplugs for many activities (such as cinemas) in addition to wearing them while piping.

I've tried many brands/models and currently my favorites are Dubs, Alpine MusicSafe Classic, and Ear Peace. All of these are quite nice and have fairly equal attenuation so the listening experience is good while wearing them.

HTH

bob864 12-20-2018 11:52 AM

Re: Hearing protection
 
I have used the ER-15s and they're pretty good. I got a pair of Alpine earplugs and I like them better. They have interchangible filters for different levels of protection, and come in a small aluminum tube with a clip. I keep them clipped to my pipe case, but if we're going to a concert I'll clip them to my keys.

https://www.earplugstore.com/alpine-...ear-plugs.html

My wife has been using downbeats earplugs. She got me a pair, but took them for herself, so I can't comment on their effectiveness ;-)

CalumII 12-20-2018 12:16 PM

Re: Hearing protection
 
I've got the "Pro" version of the plugs Bob linked; I don't know what the difference is but they are very good, and the price is good.

Randy Erickson 12-20-2018 01:24 PM

Re: Hearing protection
 
I wore my ET-20's to a rock concert last month. Worked well for me.

Pppiper 12-21-2018 07:33 AM

Re: Hearing protection
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CalumII (Post 1333660)
I've got the "Pro" version of the plugs Bob linked; I don't know what the difference is but they are very good, and the price is good.

Same here. Highly recommended. Not only do they protect your hearing, but at highland games with tons of ambient pipes in the air .. tuning can become difficult. The ear plugs help me to cancel out the sounds from others, and hear/tune my own pipes. Everyone's different, but I know this has helped me.

Cheers,
~Nate

bob864 12-23-2018 03:50 AM

Re: Hearing protection
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CalumII (Post 1333660)
I've got the "Pro" version of the plugs Bob linked; I don't know what the difference is but they are very good, and the price is good.

The pro version has three filters: 8, 11, and 16 db; the kind I have has two: 11 and 16.


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