Best Hearing Protection Earplugs for Musicians and Concert Go-ers

Whether attending a concert or playing in one, you can use hearing protection ear plugs to not only protect your hearing but to enhance your listening experience. After comparing the available options of hearing protection ear plugs for concerts, I have narrowed the selection down to my top choice.

Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs Review

Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs

Manufacturer: Etymotic Research

Model: ER20-SMB-C

NRR: 12 dB

Retail Price: $12.95

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Bottom line: These low priced hearing protection earplugs offer a good amount of hearing protection while still allowing you to hear conversations and music. In fact, wearing these actually enhances your sound experience at a concert, whether a musician or an attendee.

Detailed review: It is no surprise that the ear plugs work so well since Etymotic Research has a background in acoustic research and the hearing aid industry. These highest fidelity hearing protection earplugs actually reduce most of the noise around you to safe levels, but they manage to do that while preserving the clarity of speech and the richness of music. Basically, the sounds you want to hear sound even better and the sounds that you do not want to hear are practically eliminated.

If you’re like me, then right now you’re probably thinking – how do they do that? Well, the hearing protection earplugs are configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that when sound enters the earplug, it is reproduced unchanged, exactly the same as the ear would hear it, only quieter.

Compare that to foam ear plugs, where the the high frequencies are reduced, resulting in muffled speech and music. Obviously, you would rather not have the music and conversation muffled, which makes the foam ear plugs a bad choice for concerts.

These hearing protection earplugs are not just for concerts though. You can use them at any noise setting, such as

  • air shows
  • motor sports events
  • parades
  • sporting events
  • airplanes
  • construction sites
  • auto shops

You can order these in two different sizes – standard or large. Most adults will likely need the standard size for the best fit.

Comes with a carrying case, a black cord and usage instructions. The case is great for taking these with you anywhere at any time.