What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians?

By in Music Promotion Tips on June 19, 2011

I’ll be honest, when I used to perform drums live with my band or deejay in clubs, I hated the thought of wearing ear plugs as it tended to just lower the quality of experience by muffling the sound and reducing the volume, but over the years as my hearing became worse and worse I realised not only the increasing importance of wearing earplugs, but also that if you invest in a high quality pair, you won’t compromise on the audio quality or live experience.

The Musician’s Guide’s top pick of musician earplugs:

Below are our top five ear plugs geared towards musicians for a variety of budgets. My personal choice are Apline Music Safe Pro Filter Ear Plugs, which you can pick up for under £20 on Amazon, however I’ve included a range of reviews for each outlining some of the pros and cons of each pair.

#1 Alpine Music Safe Pro Filter Musician Ear Plugs (the best all round ear plug)

alpine earplugs What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians? These ear plugs are great from a cost perspective at £17.39 and they are comfy and maintain great sound quality. I’ve had a pair for a few years now and I really like them.

#2 ProGuard Custom Made Musician Earplugs (the bee’s knees, but pricey)

proguard earplugs What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians? If you’re a professional musician or are touring regularly, these are a must. Custom fitted ear plugs are perfect for the musician who demands no compromises in comfort or quality. Whilst these start at over £100, they’re certainly one of the best investments you can make to prolong your music career.

#3 3M R Clear Ear Plugs (cheap and cheerful)

clear earplugs What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians? These ear plugs are one of the cheapest options available for musician focused reusable ribbed ear plugs. I cannot say i’ve endorsed them and while I would always recommend paying slightly higher price for some that are better designed, these are perfect if you don’t want to pay too much for your ear plugs or if you perform live very infrequently.

#4 ACS ER20 Musician Ear Plugs (for the musicians who lose things easily)

er20 earplugs What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians? These ear plugs are designed with the musicians who lose and misplace things easily. The one issue with ear plugs is that they’re so easy to lose and if you pay for an expensive pair then you’re not going to be too pleased when you realise you’ve only got one left. Whilst these aren’t the coolest looking earplugs on the shelf they are practical and will ensure you’ll always be protecting two ears and not just the one!

#5 Alpine Plug Foam Ear Plugs (the squishy type)

foam earplugs What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians? These ear plugs are the classic disposable squishy foam design, which despite being slightly lower and the audio quality are a very popular option thanks to their cheap price tag and simplicity. If you’re not a fan of the plastic ear plug design, these are the ear plugs for you.

Ultimately, there is no *real* best set of earplugs, as all musicians will have different requirements, budgets, and purposes that would vary which earplugs are the best for them. However, these five picks are all excellent options that will help you protect your hearing and prolong the duration of which you can continue performing as a musician.

Why Wearing Ear Plugs at Concerts & Gigs is Vital

Ironically, it is far too often that musicians deteriorate their ability to write and perform great music for a sustainable amount of time due to the effects caused by the loud volumes of music listened to when writing and performing. There have been many notable cases of famous musicians going deaf (If you haven’t seen it already I strongly recommend watching ‘All Gone Pete Tong’). However, it’s far more common that rather than going entirely deaf from not wearing earplugs your hearing will gradually deteriorate with tinitus.

9 thoughts on “What are the Best Ear Plugs for Musicians?

  1. 1

    I don't think that real musicians want to have ear plugs. They need to hear every sound!

    • 2

      In some respects that's true but there are some very high quality ear plugs, such as the custom fitted ones that actually dampen all frequencies by roughly the same volume, therefore maintaining the same sounds but just at a lower level. It ultimately comes down to whether the musician prioritises longevity of their career or heightened short term experience.

    • 3

      what’s a *real* musician?

    • 4

      “Real” musicians realize that their hearing is part of the package of talents that make them ‘real’, and do what they need to do to protect it. The trick is to do it while sacrificing as little accuracy in perception as possible.

      Yeah, the 20-something frontman disdain tends to turn his nose up at the idea, but you can bet that the 30 or 40-something members of the band that help make him sound good, as well as the sound guy, are protecting their hearing somehow.

      (I am not a musician. I just recorded, photographed and lived with some ‘real’ musicians over the years.)

      • 5

        Very well said. If you don’t protect your hearing and invest in good earplugs, you’re playing the short-term gain. Sure, you won’t notice much difference in the following few years and it will seem fine, but over the course of 5-10 years, your ability to appreciate and play with other musicians will deteriorate.

        If you want to enjoy playing music for a long time, get a decent pair of earplugs, it’s such a tiny investment for something that’s so fundamentally important to musicians.

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