Music can be soothing for the mind but challenging for the ears. This is why it is important to protect your ears if you are a musician, so that you can continue hear your lovely melodies for all your years to come.
Earplugs are a great way to protect your ears. They are widely available at any store, but are notorious for blocking out important sounds, which make it difficult for you to hear your own music.
Musicians typically are not exposed to dangerously loud levels of sound; therefore you may only require mid range protection for your ears. Earplugs that are customized for the use of musicians may help you get the hearing protection you need while letting you enjoy your musical performance.
Earplugs that are designed for those in the musical profession are available in generic as well as customized models. Ready-fit models help lower the range of sound frequencies by around 20dB, which can help eliminate dangerous sound levels while keeping your musical experience intact.
Musician’s earplugs are usually deep in structure so that the bony part of your ear canal is secured. The reason for this increased depth is to eliminate occlusion, which causes a hollow type of sound generally experienced due to poor quality earplugs.
Even though the name “musician’s earplugs” refers to musicians, these types of earplugs can also be useful for those who work in close proximity with musicians. This includes sound technicians, music teachers, disc jockeys, and even those who love to attend loud musical concerts.
Advancements in hearing protection technology have given rise to in-ear musician monitors or IEMs. These enable musically inclined professionals to listen to their music from the audience’s perspective while simultaneously protecting their ears from extremely noisy sound amplifications. IEMs are mostly used by musicians who perform in front of large audiences such as rock concerts.
Universal IEMs are available for all musicians and have replaceable silicone or foam tips that can help with customization. It is recommended that musicians opt for custom molds that provide a better fit and are more comfortable. Every individual ear is different, which is why it is important to get customized molds to fit the unique contours of your ears. Talk to your audiologist about getting custom earmolds and IEMs.