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Best earplugs for concerts, clubbing and live music 2021

Jules, in Music lessons
Jul 07, 2021 | 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, which is your body signaling that something is wrong, and that you should probably protect your ears. Tinnitus develops through exposure to ongoing noise, which damages the tiny sensory hair cells in our inner ear.

In general, sounds above 85dB are harmful; rock concerts can reach up to 120–129dB. 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 earplugs will allow you to enjoy floor tickets to a rock metal concert or playing Fortissimo on your violin, without reducing the quality of the sound you experience.

Here are 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.

Best protection: Decibullz

This company specializes in re-moldable earplugs and have 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.”

PROS
  • Secure and comfortable fit
  • Re-moldable and versatile
  • Mostly known as hunting and shooting earplugs
CONS
  • Not really designed for concerts

Price: US$25.99

Decibullz - Best earplugs for concert and clubbing

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


PROS
  • Enhances the music experience while giving you just enough protection
  • Replicates the natural response of the ear
  • Cheaper than most HiFi earplugs out there
CONS
  • 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: US$13.95 to $400

All in one: Mudeela Earplugs for Concerts

PROS
  • Comes in 3 sets (Foam, Silicone, High Fidelity Earplugs)
  • Easy to clean and comes with a carrying case
  • Inexpensive and highly reviewed
CONS
  • Reports of the stem breaking off
  • You have to take it in and out if you want a higher set of protection


Price: US$18.99

Mudeela - best earplugs for concert and clubbing

Comfort: Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs

PROS
  • Very comfortable
  • Discrete design
  • Multiple sizes of ear-tips
CONS
  • 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: US$23.98

Vibes - best earplugs for concert and clubbing

Best Aesthetics: Loop Earplugs

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

PROS
  • Modern, stylish looking
  • Ultra soft silicon tips
  • Everyday use
CONS
  • Mid range cuts deeper than the rest

Price: US$23.98

Loop Earplugs - best earplugs for concert and clubbing

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 a membrane technology that mimics nature and behaves like a second eardrum. To add, users are protected while still being able to hear natural high-fidelity sound. Its rotating volume slider manual adjustment is between 7 – 25dB.

Minuendo earplugs could be used as part of the treatment by gradually opening up the earplugs over time. No other earplugs exist that have this stepless variability.

  • Passive HiFi filter
  • Manual adjustment 7-25dB
  • Comes with 11 sets of eartips for the utmost comfort

Price: $159

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