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Are custom earplugs for musicians effective?

Apple, in Music insights
Jul 14, 2022 | 3 min read

Most often than not, music is like an instinct you are either born with or not. Playing and enjoying great music is not just another skill; it’s what defines you. Unfortunately, though, your jamming sessions could be harming the sensitive balance of your ears. Here are some amazing tips on protecting your hearing as a musician.

Ears are unique and intricate organs that get damaged over time if frequently exposed to loud sounds and vibrations. Will my tinnitus go away? Many musicians ask their audiologists after the damage has been done.

Prevention is the best cure, but what type of hearing protection is best for you? A simple solution to the problem is using cheap, disposable foam earplugs. But they don’t offer adequate hearing protection for musicians, need frequent replacing, and are usually a terrible fit. Also, let’s face it, that bright orange color does nothing for subtle aesthetics either!

Custom earplugs for musicians

Custom earplugs for musicians offer a tailor-made alternative to drug-store earplugs. They are molded out of medical-grade silicone or acrylic material. Custom earplugs for musicians are better fitting and longer-lasting than ready made earplugs.

Experienced audiologists make custom-molded earplugs by molding the raw material in your ear’s specific shape. Alternatively, the material of the earplugs is softened by heating it in water and then molding it into your ear. Petroleum jelly can be applied to lubricate the earplugs before the initial usage to facilitate this process better.

Custom-fitted earplugs are not just made to fit your ear’s shape. You can also modify how much sound you want to block out. A pair molded for a musician may not be suitable for someone working in construction, for example.

How effective are custom earplugs?

Custom earplugs for musicians are both hard and pliable, meaning you get a perfectly comfortable fit, and they still keep out sound. Our ears are just as unique as our fingerprints. That means no two pairs of ears are the same. The pair of earplugs that fit your drummer buddy perfectly might keep dropping out of your ears or cause you pain.

Anything made-to-order usually costs more than ready-made products. You might be wondering if custom-molded earplugs are worth the extra cash. To judge the effectiveness of custom-molded earplugs, here’s a list of the advantages they offer over standard off-the-shelf earplugs:

  • Perfect fit
  • Additional comfort
  • Better noise obstruction
  • No pressure on the ear canal
  • Lower environmental impact
  • More economical in the long run
  • Made with higher quality material
  • Better fit means they don’t pop out again and again

Still on the fence?

Not sure if custom-molded earplugs are for you? We got you. Minuendo Lossless Earplugs are an excellent investment for any musician concerned about protecting their hearing. They are the only earplugs in the world boasting a variable passive Hi-Fi filter, and you can adjust the attenuation with its levers. Read more about how the Minuendo Earplugs are different from your typical run-of-the-mill ear plugs and why you should invest in them.


Soundbrenner is a company dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

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