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Best Earplugs for Musicians: 5 AWESOME Picks

Best Earplugs for Musicians: 5 AWESOME Picks

Hearing loss is a musician’s greatest fear. That’s why choosing the best musician earplugs is SO important when you’re a touring drummer or musician.

The loud volumes and extremes of frequency at gigs and concerts put musicians at high risk of sustaining hearing damage and developing conditions like tinnitus.

Unfortunately, being around loud noises is kind of our whole thing, so we need to cope best we can.

What’s the solution? (Hint: It’s using the best earplugs!)

But although ear plugs protect us from loud noises they also tend to take away from the experience of a gig by muffling and distorting sounds.

But although ear plugs protect us from loud noises they also tend to take away from the experience of a gig by muffling and distorting sounds.

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This puts loads of people off using hearing protection, mainly because they’ve been using the wrong types!

Here’s the good news:

I’m going to share the five best earplugs for musicians on the market today.

These ear plugs will make sure you hear what you need to, clearly and quietly.

BONUS CONTENT: If these 5 aren’t for you, I delve into what to look for when buying earplugs at the end of this post too!

Our Top Picks for Earplugs for Musicians

Alpine MusicSafe Pro High Fidelity Music Earplugs

1. Alpine MusicSafe Pro Filter Ear Plugs for Musicians

Alpine MusicSafe is deemed Europe’s best ear protection for musicians. (It’s also a best seller!) It is specially designed to provide sound protection from loud noises and maintain sound quality.

It is specially designed to provide sound protection and maintain sound quality.

Plus it comes with three exchangeable filters that enable you to adjust the volume of the sound that reaches your ear.

I personally use these for listening to bands live, I use the silver filter, although I think the white would be better… shame I lost mine!

Best Features:

  • Three filters to choose the level of protection you want.
  • Made using ThermoShape material to offer a comfortable and snugly fit (and they clean easily too!)
  • Virtually invisible when worn

Next up, the staple choice for hearing protection in the music industry…

EarPeace Concert Ear Plugs

2. EarPeace HD High Fidelity Hearing Protection

Ear Peace are a huge name in the game, used by the likes of Metallica and Redbull!

As with the Alpines above, these are designed to be discreet then worn and even come in 3 colours if you want them to match your skin tone… or hide the ear wax stains when you take them out!

Best features:

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  • Backed by big names: Metallica / Lollapallooza / RedBull all use Earpeace gear!
  • Made using soft, medical grade silicon that ensures a snug and comfortable fit
  • Available in multiple skin tones to make it disappear in your ear.
  • Cheaper than the Alpine Musicsafe Pro!
  • Comes with a spare ear plug.

LiveMus!c HearSafe Ear Plugs

3. LiveMus!c Reusable Ear Plugs

LiveMus!c Reusable ear plugs take a slightly different tact than other manufacturers.

They give you two sets of ear plugs rather than filters. This can make them them a hassle to swap out but it does give you a full spare pair, unlike some others.

They also tend to be a little more expensive than the other ear plugs mentioned in this list!

Best features:

  • 2 sets of earplugs instead of swappable filters.
  • Triple flange design and cone shaped tip for better fit and noise canceling – this doesn’t make them that discreet however.
  • Sturdy aluminium carrying case.

Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs

4. Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs

Eargasm are the first company on the list that give you two, different sized plugs to ensure you get the correct fit!

The plugs come with built-in filters so you can’t adjust the sound to your liking, one to consider if you’re planning on using them in a variety of places.

Best features:

  • Compact aluminium carrying case so you can have them with you when you need them.
  • Comes in two sizes to fit every size and shape of ear!
  • Easy pull tabs make it simple to remove them from your ears, no more panic situations if they go too far in!
  • Made using hypoallergenic soft silicone that is non-toxic

DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection

5. DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection

DownBeats are fairly new to the scene and have managed to land on their feet.

Creating an affordable set of ear plugs that have been well received by musicians and others online!

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Like the Eargasm set, you can’t adjust the sound, you get what you’re given but seeing as they’re designed for a wide range of uses and not just for musicians – I’m confident these will do the job.

They’re definitely worth a try considering they’re 33%-50% cheaper than the others on the list.

  • Handy carrying case made from aluminium!
  • Reduces sound moderately and evenly for delivering music at safe levels
  • Noise reduction rating- 18db

How to choose the best earplugs? 3 things to look for.

Research suggests that virtually all musicians are at an increased risk of developing hearing disorders.

girl with earplugs

In order to reduce this risk, hearing protectors with high fidelity and custom fit are recommended.

Here are the three things to look for when buying earplugs.

1. High-fidelity: Getting quality sound to your ears

Fidelity is a fancy way of describing the accuracy of sound reproduction.

You might have heard about ‘high fidelity’ speakers, this just means these speakers produce clear sound, i.e. it’s not ‘muddy’ and doesn’t sound garbled.

Similarly, we want whatever ear protection we use to keep the original sound as clear as possible.

This is incredibly important to musicians as we need to be able to hear the details in what we and others are playing on stage.

Normal Ear Plugs vs. High Fidelity Ear Plugs

After placing an ordinary earplug in your ear, the ears natural resonance is diminished, which results in muffled and unclear sounds.

A high-fidelity earplug reduces the volume, while maintaining the quality of the original sound wave as much as possible.

2. Material: Choose durability & comfort!

Silicone is the best material for musician’s earplugs as it does not shrink or change size.

How the plugs are moulded is also an important factor when it comes choosing the best ear protection.

Look for the use of careful impression technique and good manufacturing to find an optimal earplug that protects your hearing without disturbing the sound quality.

3. Fit: Make sure it’s just right.

Making sure there is no sound leakage in your ear protection is crucial to make sure that the sounds pass through the plug and don’t go around the plug.

When it comes to earplugs, there are three different types available in the market:

  1. Custom moulded plugs
  2. Off-the-shelf plugs
  3. In ear monitors

Among these three, custom moulded earplugs have been the hearing protection accessory of choice of professionals for decades.

But they’re also very expensive for 90% of people out there.

The off-the-shelf options available now tend to mimic the shape of the ear canals using a flanged design and work almost as well as the pricey custom option for a fraction of the price!

People also ask…

In this section we break down some the most popular questions people have when its comes to choosing the best earplugs for musicians.

What are musicians earplugs?

These are special earplugs, either custom-made or off-the-shelf that reduce the volume of sound entering the ear while preserving the clarity and musicality.

Earplugs vs in-ears: What’s the difference?

Earplugs and in-ear monitors both tend to block out sounds through isolation. In-ear monitors actually have ‘headphone’s built-in that are used by musicians playing live to hear backing tracks or other audio.

Is it bad to wear earplugs all the time?

If you’re wearing a pair of earplugs in places where there are loud noises – you’re protecting yourself from hearing loss.

The one thing you want to keep in mind is that you’re cleaning them regularly so you’re not pushing ear wax further back into your ear canal.

Are silicone earplugs better than foam earplugs?

Silicone earplugs tend to be better than foam for musicians because they’re easy to clean and they retain their shape much better. They also tend to be easier to remove and don’t have to be inserted into the ear canal as deep as foam earplugs.

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