Live music is loud. While we may no doubt enjoy it, loud can be dangerous to your ears. Long-term exposure can damage your hearing. We want to help you protect your most precious assets as a musician…your ears! Here are some simple steps musicians can take to protect their hearing:
- Get a baseline test from your audiologist
- Use isolating earphones for stage monitoring
- Use both earpieces! Wearing only one is dangerous
- Learn to monitor at safe levels—we can help!
- Avoid vented earpieces which compromise isolation
- Wear quality earplugs in all high-noise environments
- Beware of signs of overexposure such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus), temporary shifts in your hearing thresholds, and increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis)
- Have your hearing checked annually to detect any changes
Custom Musician’s Earplugs
While over-the-counter ear plugs are functional in their ability to protect your hearing around loud music, these often cause a muffled sound reduction that compromises the “brightness” of the music. Custom musician’s earplugs are designed to evenly reduce the sound levels across the frequency spectrum for more natural enjoyment of music while still providing hearing protection. They are made of soft silicon for a great seal and come in 3 different attenuation levels—9dB, 15 dB, and 25dB of attenuation.
In-Ear Monitors (IEMs)
Appropriately fit custom In-Ear Monitors are the best choice for maximum hearing protection for stage monitoring. By isolating your ears from the interfering sounds on a loud stage, they allow you to monitor at safer listening levels than if you were relying on floor wedges alone. Additional benefits of IEMs include freedom of movement on stage, improved sound quality, consistency from venue to venue, reduced vocal fatigue, etc. The list goes on and on!!
Call and schedule an appointment today to have earmold impressions taken or to speak with an audiologist specially trained to assess your unique music needs.