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Best earplugs for concerts, clubbing, and live music 2023

Jules, in Music lessons
Jan 16, 2023 | 6 min read

Have you ever experienced the ringing in your ears after a night out? That’s called tinnitus. An annoying high-pitched sound, which can last up to 5 minutes, is your body signalling that something is wrong and that you should probably protect your ears. Tinnitus develops through exposure to ongoing loud noise, which damages the tiny sensory hair cells in our inner ear. To continue enjoying music, you need to keep your ears safe with these best concert earplugs!

In general, sounds above 85dB are harmful, and rock concerts can reach up to 120–129 dB. If you are listening to music at around 100dB, you should restrict your exposure to 15 mins maximum. Obviously, rock concerts and music performances can go on for hours – so in order to continue enjoying the music without damaging our ears, the best solution is to wear earplugs!

Why do we all struggle with hearing protection?

One common misconception about earplugs is that they completely block out the sound around you, leaving it muffled and expressionless. Luckily for us, technology has come a long way. These days, a pair of quality high-fidelity earplugs will allow you to enjoy floor tickets to a rock metal concert or play Fortissimo on your violin, without reducing the quality of the sound you experience.

best concert earplugs

Our top picks for professional high-fidelity earplugs:

With these earplugs, users can enjoy music at rock concerts, clubs, or live music shows without experiencing muting, muffling, or distortion of higher frequencies while wearing the filters.

Our pick: Minuendo lossless earplugs

These are our favorite for a reason. The emphasis on precise material use and minimal design keeps the product light and comfortable for all-day wear.

Minuendo - best earplugs for concert and clubbing

Minuendo uses membrane technology that mimics nature and behaves like a second eardrum. For earplugs with attenuation, the attenuation is normally fixed. Minuendo lossless earplugs’ uniqueness comes with its built-in attenuators, which allow you to easily switch the attenuation.

This technology is completely passive, which makes Minuendo earplugs very convenient and practical to use. The level of attenuation ranges from 7dB to 25dB, so you can easily switch between more or less sound depending on your situation. No other earplugs exist that have this stepless variability.


  • Adjustable attenuation from 7-25dB
  • Variable passive Hi-Fi filter
  • Sleek design for everyday wear
  • Comfortable for long durations of use
  • Includes 11 sets of ear tips for you to fit your perfect fit


  • Can be quite pricey (but we think it’s worth the investment)

Price: $169

Best protection: Decibullz Custom Molded Professional High-Fidelity Earplugs

This company specializes in re-moldable earplugs and has been making custom earplugs for years.

Decibullz aims for “true, tuned, and flat attenuation that reduces loud noises evenly across all frequencies to safe levels.” These custom moulds are popular amongst music professionals and those who expect high sound accuracy.

  • Accurate passive reduction
  • True custom fit
  • Full clarity of sound
  • No adjustable sound attenuation

Price: US$99.99

Best Value: Etymotic ER-20 High-Fidelity Earplugs

Etymotic Research was the first company to ever look into noise-isolation high-fidelity in-ear earphones way back in 1991. Today, they remain one of the leading brands when it comes to noise isolation. These earplugs are perfect for moderately loud environments.

Etymotic - Best earplugs for concert and clubbing

  • Enhances the music experience while giving you just enough protection
  • Replicates the natural response of the ear
  • Cheaper than most HiFi earplugs out there
  • Can be uncomfortable depending on the shape of your ears.
  • Does well for low-mid ranges, but will not be able to cover most frequencies

Price: $13.95 to $24.99

All in one: Mudeela Earplugs for Concerts

Mudeela - best earplugs for concert and clubbing
  • Filters out harmful noise while still being able to hear clearly
  • Comes with an additional foam and silicone earplug
  • Easy to clean and comes with a carrying case
  • Inexpensive
  • Reports of the stem breaking off
  • Can be uncomfortable to wear and pull out

Price: $18.99

Comfort: Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs

Vibes - best earplugs for concert and clubbing
  • Very comfortable
  • Discrete design
  • Multiple sizes of ear-tips
  • Only reduces up to 15 dB
  • Easily falls off because of its shape
  • Well known brand (was featured in Shark Tank) but always out of stock

Price: $23.98

Best Aesthetics: Loop Earplugs

One of the most talked about and reviewed earplugs. Loop is known for its unique design.

Loop Earplugs - best earplugs for concert and clubbing
  • Acoustic technology that does not muffle out the sound
  • Modern, stylish look
  • Ultra-soft silicone tips
  • Cancels the noise around you, but you hear yourself amplified

Price: $23.98

We at Soundbrenner are 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.

Got a question about Soundbrenner wearables? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

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