Hearing Protection for Musicians
Hearing protection is often an issue overlooked by many musicians. More frequently, you see musicians in rehearsals wearing earplugs silently being judged by others for the large colored plugs sticking out of their ears. However, there are a few options now available that offers a discreet method to protect hearing without dampening sound.
Potter Violins offers two products available online and in-store: Earasers HiFi Earplugs and Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs. These earplugs are designed to decrease high-frequency sounds and support clarity. Both brands are suitable for musicians looking to protect their hearing during rehearsals, performances, and non-classical concerts.
So, how do you choose? There are a few differences between the two brands.
First is the sizing. Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs offers a complete sizing within one package, but with Earasers, you need to have an idea of which size would work best for you. The difference is the amount of decibel protection. Earasers provides up to 19dB of protection while Vibes provides 22dB. The overall shape of these two products is also a little different. Earasers are made of silicone and sit within the ear canal to provide a seal, and also makes them more discreet than the Vibes. You may find more information in the FAQs on each product page.
What is the cost?
The cost of Vibes is $26.99 and Earasers is $39.99.
If you are a classical musician who enjoys attending loud concerts, earplugs are even more necessary. An article by Richard Einhorn called “Observations From a Musician with Hearing Loss” presents his experience of hearing loss as a musician. Further reading may be found on hearing loss by the WHO.