Musicians Ear Plugs

 
The damaging effects of exposure to high sound levels has become an increasing concern in the music industry. Few things are more distressing to musicians than the presence of roaring tinnitus following a performance. Dale Rapke is a certified GOLD CIRCLE member of Sensaphonics specialty hearing protection. As a board certified Hearing Instrument Specialist he is well versed on specialty ear molds, impressions, and the best match of products for desired outcome.
 
Sensaphonics - Musicians Ear plugs in Kittery, ME
 
Musicians need to protect their hearing. Hearing Essentials and Sensaphonics are committed to maintaining the most important musical instrument-the musician's ear! We aspire to reach all musicians to heighten their awareness of occupationally hazardous sound levels.

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Musician's ear plugs come in both custom and non-custom options. Ready-fit musician ear plugs can reduce sound levels by approximately 20 dB, enough to reduce harmful sound without distorting speech or music. The overwhelming draw backs of over-the-counter ear plugs is they reduce high frequencies more than low frequencies. This causes a muffled sound reduction that compromises the "brightness" of the music.

These type of ear plugs are deep in order to allow the ear mold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces what is known as occlusion, a hollow or boomy sound in the musicians own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality ear plugs. These type of deep-fit ear molds are popular with musicians because of the quality of sound they allow them to hear while practicing and performing.
Musician's ear plugs are not just for musicians. They are also a popular hearing protection option for:
 
  • Motorsports/ Pit crew
  • Communications/ Broadcasters and back stage technicians
  • Personal Listening/Concert-goers
  • Musical Educators /Band teachers
  • DJs
  • Sound crews
 
  • Airline personnel
  • Athletic coaches/Referees
  • NFL football players
  • Construction workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Truck drivers
 
 

In-Ear Musician Monitors

For musicians who perform for large audiences, in-ear musician monitors (IEMs) are the current standard in musician technology. Sensaphonics developed the first Active Ambient IEM system. 3D allows artists to hear the ambient sound around them, naturally and with accurate directionality, while still retaining all benefits of isolation that custom ear phones provide. This product was engineered specifically to eliminate the boundary to adoption that artisits complain about most often when using IEM systems - acoustic isolation. They allow the musician to clearly hear the music they are making as the audience would hear it while still protecting the musician's ears from extremely loud amplification systems and audiences.

IEMs work best if they are custom molded to fit each musician's ears personally. However, there is still the option of universal fit musician monitors. Universal IEMs typically come with interchangeable foam or silicone tips to allow for a semi-custom fit.

Custom Fit

Both ear molds and IEMs can be custom made (using a mold) to fit your unique ear shape, by a Hearing care Professional.

The ear impression that is used to make the ear mold or in-ear monitor is the most important part of the process in getting a good custom fit. The quality of the ear impression material and technique directly impacts the sound quality, sound isolation, and comfort that is achieved with the ear mold.

Because this part of the process is so crucial, it's important that you hire someone who is experienced and trained in making impressions for high-quality musicians earplugs.