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The best earplugs for musicians 2021

Jules, in Music lessons
Apr 15, 2021 | 6 min read

We all think our ears are invincible, but unfortunately, that isn’t true. This article rounds up the best earplugs for musicians in 2021.

When it comes to experiencing or playing music, we often forget about protecting our ears. To ensure your hearing is well protected, you need a good pair of quality 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.

Important audio terms

First things first, let’s make sure we understand some of the key terminologies for when it comes to selecting earplugs.

  • High fidelity

    Fidelity measures how accurate an electronic system can reproduce a sound from its input signal. Good earplugs (usually labeled “High Fidelity”) will allow you to maintain good sound quality with minimal noise and distortion.

  • Flat frequency

    Flat response means what comes in goes out. Neutral and uncolored frequency response within the human hearing range – which may not necessarily sound good as it is subjective.

    Flat attenuation is an equal reduction in sound across frequency. This means you won’t end up with an imbalanced sound that has too little bass, or too much treble, for example.

  • IEM in-ear monitor

    These earphones often have a high level of sound isolation too. If you are just looking for something to protect your ears during live performances while still being able to hear the other band members directly in your ears, then perhaps you can start looking at IEMs instead.

Here are our top picks for professional high-fidelity earplugs:

With these earplugs, users can play and enjoy music without experiencing muting, muffling, or distortion of higher frequencies while wearing the filters.

1. 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 uses a membrane technology that mimics nature which 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
– 4 different eartips

Price: $159

2. Decibullz

This company specializes in remoldable 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.”

– Secure and comfortable fit
– Re-moldable and versatile
– Mostly known as hunting and shooting earplugs

Price: US$25.99 to $80

3. ER-20 High Fidelity Earplug | Etymotic

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 not only for musicians but for a variety of other professionals..

Most Etymotic earplugs are made for different professions and use cases, sleeping, industrial work et.c For musicians, these earplugs  enhance the music experience and allow them to hear their own instrument.

– Low cost, ready-fit
– Not recommended for sleeping
– Reduces approximately 20 decibels

Price: US$13.95 to $400

4. MP•9-15 Music•PRO® Electronic Earplugs

We know the struggles of playing an orchestral instrument. Playing flute means constant exposure to loud sound that can damage your ears. It comes with a neck cord, batteries, protective case. Simply flip the switch if you want to have a normal conversation.

It can automatically change output levels as sound input levels change. You’ll find that hearing is natural.

– Switch between 9-dB or 15-dB
– enhances soft sounds
– ideal for directors and music educators

Price: $299.95

5. Alpine MusicSafe Pro Earplugs

The brand name includes the word music thats how we know its dedicated for musicians.

AlpineAcousticFilters only attenuate harmful sounds. Communicate with your bandmates at a normal level even with your earplugs on. The only negative with earplugs at a lower price range is that you can only reuse it for a specific number of times – 100 times to be exact.

– 3 high-fidelity Gold (22 dB), Silver (19 dB) and White (16 dB)
– Comes with a handy case, cleaning spray and carrying cord
– Silicone free

Price: $22.99

6. EarDial HiFi Earplugs – Invisible High Fidelity Hearing Protection

If you are looking for earplugs that you can wear comfortably for hours, you can check our EarDial. It is made out of soft hypoallergenic silicone and it is extremely discreet. It comes with a very low profile design – short stem and high-transparency color.

– Compact aluminium case
– Invisible smart earplugs
– Comes with a dB meter app

Price: $33.99

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