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Hi Everyone,

I found out yesterday that I have 4 issues with my ears.  Easy quick question-If you use ear plugs (protection) what brand works for you?


8 Responses
Posted: August 9, 2019
Last Comment: August 14, 2019

Posted: August 14, 2019
Hi Ray I use the EarPeace also. They work really well. They are a definite for any open string and especially double stop exercise repetitions/warmups. They are also a definite for orchestra especially if seated next to loud horns etc. They are always in my case for that reason, and thank you for the reminder. The only thing is I am constantly refitting them during practice or rehearsal. I think I might do better with a kit that had multiple ear plug sizes to choose from.

Posted: August 14, 2019
Ear Plugs
Hi, Ray,
I second Michael's suggestion of EarPeace earplugs. They have adjustable volume blocking. I find that using one in my left ear, next to the violin, protects my eardrum AND lets me hear my intonation more clearly. I think they are about 20 bucks online.

Timothy Smith
Posted: August 14, 2019
Ray you don't mention specifically what your hearing issues are and I'm not going to pry. I guess it all depends. The reason I'm commenting here is I have tinnitus. It's difficult for me to explain, but the tone from it, which as nearly as I can pinpoint, is in the 9khz range emanates from the back lower part of my head. It sounds like sound but it isn't coming from my ear canal. My brain interprets it as sound. Aside from that issue I'm beginning to wonder if  the volume of the violin is somehow affecting my interpretation of tone and intonation. 
The Fletcher Munsen effect comes into play, however I don't see this as affecting anything other than my perception of the frequency and not intonation, and if this were the case, most pro violinists would have the same issues playing those loud violins.

Without knowing the particulars can you tell me if you think it's the volume  causing an issue as opposed to frequency loss in the ear? How does using ear plugs help? Thanks!

Ted Adachi
Posted: August 11, 2019
Hi Ray,
I don't use special ear plugs but because I did suffer from tinnitus in one ear I have a particular setup for playing.

I play with one of those squeezy foam earplugs in one ear but then I wear full ear headphones that are plugged into my USB Blue Yeti microphone. This entirely reduces the harsh, high frequency tones close to the ear and allows me to hear the violin more as others listening would hear it.

Now if you decide to do something like this, I would talk first with my doctor to see if such a setup would be helpful in your situation.

Mandy Notley
Posted: August 11, 2019
Hi Ray,
I use Etymotic plugs and have recently been using Hearos plugs. They both allow me to hear well enough just with the volume turned down. I think the Hearos block more sound overall and they are cheaper as well.

Posted: August 9, 2019
Great, this is information gathering time, but I am putting a limit on how long to research (I often fall into and get lost in that rabbit hole when it comes to research).  I've narrowed it down to 2 and with two good recommendations that says a lot.  Thanks for reviews.


Elke Meier
Posted: August 9, 2019
I agree. They don't distort the tone as others do.

Michael Baumgardner
Posted: August 9, 2019
I use Ear Peace.  They work well and are pretty comfortable.