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Old 10-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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Default Best earplugs for drumming?

At the moment I'm using a pair of foam ear plugs - sort of the ones you get free from airlines. They definitely protect my hearing but the trouble is they aren't washable - I've tried once and they take forever to dry out and putting moist things in my ears isn't hygienic.

Does anyone know of any good, washable ear plugs that will last me a long time?

I know some may say just to use a pair of ear defenders but the trouble is they cut down the sound alot more and I want to know how loud I am playing (I drum in my basement).
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:19 PM
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My last band was practicing very loud. I brought to practice a pair of ear muffs I used when mowing my lawn and blowing the snow. They really block out the noise. I was also using foam ear plugs as well.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:37 PM
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I would look for some Hearos High Fidelity plugs at your local drugstore. They're not made of that foam. I use them for concerts and they're washable. For drumming I use Shure in ear monitors, which are probably not what you're looking for. I also like Vic Firth ear muffs.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:57 PM
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I've used the Radians Molded plugs for over a year now. I'm very happy with them.
They're very comfortable, easy to make, and easy to put in/take out.
Inexpensive too!!

This is the same company/product as the AHEAD molded earplugs shops sell for $30.
They have them as low as $7.17 from sellers

http://www.amazon.com/Radians-CEP001...olded+earplugs
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:44 AM
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Here is an inexpensive solution I heard from Ronn Dunnett.

1. Buy a set of 3M ear muffs from Home Depot or similar store.
2. Pull the foam out of the inside.

You will be amazed at the sound ... and it still protects your ears.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:57 PM
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I have moulded musicians earplugs, 25db attenuation... contrary to the "flat reduction in sound) they do make things sound slightly bassy but you get to hear all the clarity of no plugs but your ears are being protected.

Well worth the money IMO. If you can't afford them then I'd check out those Hearos.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:21 PM
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I'm using Alpine earplugs that I bought from the local music shop. They're rubber and come with two different inserts. The plastic inserts are for different db drops. I think the silver ones are 15 db and the gold are 25 db. They're washable, come with a case, and even a little tube to push them into your ears nice and snug. They provide a much better clarity than any foam plug ever would. I think V-percussion makes a similar set of plugs. They costs roughly $10 and are well worth it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:07 PM
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I would look for some Hearos High Fidelity plugs at your local drugstore. They're not made of that foam. I use them for concerts and they're washable. For drumming I use Shure in ear monitors, which are probably not what you're looking for. I also like Vic Firth ear muffs.
I like the Hearos as well. They don't color the sound of the drumset too much, so it still sounds/feels natural.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:20 PM
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I've used the Radians Molded plugs for over a year now. I'm very happy with them.
They're very comfortable, easy to make, and easy to put in/take out.
Inexpensive too!!

This is the same company/product as the AHEAD molded earplugs shops sell for $30.
They have them as low as $7.17 from sellers

http://www.amazon.com/Radians-CEP001...olded+earplugs
Might pick up a pair of these.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:22 AM
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Here is an inexpensive solution I heard from Ronn Dunnett.

1. Buy a set of 3M ear muffs from Home Depot or similar store.
2. Pull the foam out of the inside.

You will be amazed at the sound ... and it still protects your ears.
Yes this does work, and does sound great. I do this with some Peltor Ear muffs is have.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:51 PM
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I've used the Radians Molded plugs for over a year now. I'm very happy with them.
They're very comfortable, easy to make, and easy to put in/take out.
Inexpensive too!!

This is the same company/product as the AHEAD molded earplugs shops sell for $30.
They have them as low as $7.17 from sellers

http://www.amazon.com/Radians-CEP001...olded+earplugs
Bought some yesterday.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:29 PM
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I've used the Radians Molded plugs for over a year now. I'm very happy with them.
They're very comfortable, easy to make, and easy to put in/take out.
Inexpensive too!!

This is the same company/product as the AHEAD molded earplugs shops sell for $30.
They have them as low as $7.17 from sellers

http://www.amazon.com/Radians-CEP001...olded+earplugs
These are my favorite, too. Easy to wash, and they attenuate all frequencies more evenly than the foam plugs, so the drums don't sound so bass-heavy.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:14 PM
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A couple tips for doing these. Make sure your ears are clean before you set the compound in them.
Iso Alchohol on a Q-tip works well.
Make sure the compounds are mixed really well before you stick the goop in. I used a small knife to cut each part in half before smushing them together and mixing the two parts together.

It takes 10 minutes to set, and you'll kinda feel it as it "hardens" at the end.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:35 PM
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A couple tips for doing these. Make sure your ears are clean before you set the compound in them.
Iso Alchohol on a Q-tip works well.
Make sure the compounds are mixed really well before you stick the goop in. I used a small knife to cut each part in half before smushing them together and mixing the two parts together.

It takes 10 minutes to set, and you'll kinda feel it as it "hardens" at the end.
I read a few reviews of cutting it in half twice so you can make 2 pair instead of 1. Do you think this is a good idea or just stick to 1 pair?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:34 PM
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The first pair I made, I didn't use all of the stuff (1/2 & 1/2 mixed), but most of it...probably 3/4's of it.

The second pair I used all of it for each ear, and I like the set that had less material.
Not sure how just half would work though.

You don't have to shove the stuff in, so if you just pushed it in a little.
Using just half, it would still probably fill the ear, and then just some of the outer area.

Might just be a little harder to insert them in your ear with half, that's probably all. It's nice to have a semi thick piece of the stuff to cover the ear for "fit" putting them in, but you don't need ALL of it for sure.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:30 AM
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I pushed the compound in lightly, and then ended up pinching off just a small amount to get the outer part to fit properly in my outer ear without protruding very far. They are hardly noticeable from any distance at all.

I did use almost all the compound, though. Maybe if you have smaller ear canals you could get two pairs, but that wouldn't have worked for me. YMMV
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:20 PM
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I like the Etymotic ER20 High Fidelity Earplugs when I play with my band. They don't have a perfect frequency response, but it is far better than the foam plugs I used to use. I feel they were well worth the $13 US I paid for them.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:21 PM
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The first pair I made, I didn't use all of the stuff (1/2 & 1/2 mixed), but most of it...probably 3/4's of it.

The second pair I used all of it for each ear, and I like the set that had less material.
Not sure how just half would work though.

You don't have to shove the stuff in, so if you just pushed it in a little.
Using just half, it would still probably fill the ear, and then just some of the outer area.

Might just be a little harder to insert them in your ear with half, that's probably all. It's nice to have a semi thick piece of the stuff to cover the ear for "fit" putting them in, but you don't need ALL of it for sure.
Great, thanks for the tip. I haven't made them yet, hoping to do it soon.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:51 PM
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I've tried the plastic reusable ones, like so:
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...BC31gv%29&rt=d
It works for some, but not for me. The plastic would make me itch something fierce, I could never keep them in my ears for any length of time.

I eventually settled on these, which I use to this day if needed:
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...BC31gv%29&rt=d

Get them in bulk. The last box of 200 I bought lasted me 6 years! The 3m shop has them in 1000 ct cases (OUF!) but you can go, for example, here:
https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com...-uncorded.html and get a box of 200.

I get about 4-5 times use from each pair, depending on how they look and how soft they are. When they are new they have a firmness that dissipates as you use it more and more. If they are too soft or too dirty, chuck 'em.

A year and a half ago I had molded filtered earplugs made from this company in Portland, OR:
http://1964ears.com/

They work great. I have 15db and 25db filters. I use the 15s for settings that I still need my ears to keep the volume at level, but not kill my ears from fatigue. I am planning to get a set of IEMS too within the next year or so as well. The prices are very reasonable and the quality is very high.

There are other companies, JH Audio, Westone, Sensaphonics, Alien Ears. I have dealt with 1964Ears and they did good work for me.

Thanks for reading, Hope this helps!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:28 PM
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I have hearing damage from years of over loud band practice and gigs.

I now use Alpine and they are great. No loss of clarity but plenty of volume reduction. Try a pair.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:42 PM
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i use my vic firth headphones, great for practice
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:29 AM
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It's great to hear people talking about hearing protection. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself. The last thing you want is to have to stop playing drums because you can't hear them anymore.

I used store-bought earplugs for a long time until I got tired of loose fits, unbalanced sound transmission, and other things associated with them. Eventually after years of trial-and-error I went and got fitted at a proper hearing center for custom plugs.
The differences in what I hear when I wear them are astounding, really. Once I had them in I felt like I had cheated myself all those years prior by putting up with jamming various objects of questionable material in an effort to hear what I was doing. Some of the earplugs have the right idea, using db filters of some kind, at least. The problem, I feel, with the foam earplugs is they are good for cutting high frequencies, but that's about it. My issue was that I couldn't hear the high frequencies, so I'd compensate by hitting the cymbals harder. Everything sounded fuzzy....like I had pillows for headphones.

I went in and they fit me for plugs by filling my ear with a molding solution that dries to form. Then, a week later they were ready. I was able to choose the filters I wanted, and got -9db and -15db.
This is my second pair. My first pair lasted me for 10 years, and I believe saved me from going deaf. I lost one at a gig in London one night down a drain backstage at Camden Underground. I did lots of shows, touring, recording...just about everything, with them. I wear them whenever I see live bands or go to a loud event.
$125.00....lasted 10 years....they cost me $12.50 a year.....drum thrones cost more than that. People spend 4 times more than that on kick pedals.

I'm not known to pamper myself. I've only ever done one thing for me, totally out of necessity and prevention, and that was to bite the bullet and get fitted. For the price of a set of batter heads I saved myself from hearing loss, as well as the frustration included with putting up with the unsatisfactory sound that store-bought solutions give.

You asked what I believe to be the best earplugs for drumming. While almost ANY attempt to protect your hearing is a good one, I believe the best earplugs for drumming to be custom-fit.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:38 PM
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The 3M Classic ear plugs are the best. You can get 200 pairs for $23. I get a few uses out of each pair (clean ears? lol). My grandpa works for an audiologist so he's always asking if I use ear protection. Why not use them? You can hear perfectly fine with them and not have ringing ears when done jamming.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:58 AM
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I have moulded musicians earplugs, 25db attenuation... contrary to the "flat reduction in sound) they do make things sound slightly bassy but you get to hear all the clarity of no plugs but your ears are being protected.

Well worth the money IMO. If you can't afford them then I'd check out those Hearos.
I have those too. I believe they are made by Westone. I have two sets of changeable attenuation filters - 25db and 33db. Best investment by far, I wear them EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE I play or there is loud music or noise.
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I am using doctor recommended musician earplugs, I had a great experience with them yet. I recommend you should use them too.
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Hmm, a nearly 2 year old thread dredged up by someone who just joined with double links to a site that sells ear plugs. And all of the other messages he's left on other threads are similarly short and include links to the same site.

And there's zero technical data on that site about the earplugs. There's absolutely no mention of their attenuation value, just company statements about how great they are.
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But they're doctor recommended.
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