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    I found these to be pretty good: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044DEESS and cheap enough so that it's not a big deal if they get lost. But some people may not like how they look (they kinda stick out in my ears).

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    This is an extreme situation, but please wear ear plugs people!

    I'm a big proponent of earplugs when going to metal shows. For every idiot that says "if it's too loud, you're too old," try listening to anything the day after going to a show and you'll realize, hmm, maybe I'm really fucking with my ears too bad. After years of abuse, it really catches up with you. Listening to music is basically my job, so I have to make sure my ears can handle that burden or else I can't do my job properly. The reason I mention this is because a man stabbed himself after weeks of ringing in his ears, caused by attending a Them Crooked Vultures show. Full details:

    Father of two Robert McIndoe, 52, was unable to sleep for three months after going to a rock concert that left him with a permanent ringing in his ear. He was watching supergroup 'Them Crooked Vultures' at Brixton Academy.
    In the coming months Mr McIndoe faced an uphill struggle to to get proper treatment for the condition, Southwark Coroner's Court heard.
    His wife eventually received a letter of referral to a hospital ear, nose and throat specialist on November 1 last year – the day after he apparently killed himself.
    Shirley McIndoe told the hearing that the day after the gig last July, her husband was "cross with himself" for not taking ear plugs.
    She said: "When it first happened he wasn't too bothered about it because he thought it would subside, and the friend he had been with also had ringing in his ears that day.
    "But it was a constant irritation.
    "He didn't get a night of sleep after that until he went to hospital."

    Holy shit, how tragic is that? Granted this is an extreme case, but seriously people..when going to shows, especially if you're standing right up front, put on some headphones. Your future-self who is still able to hear will thank you. [ Telegraph via BrooklynVegan]

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutterbutter View Post
    This is an extreme situation, but please wear ear plugs people!
    I'm... wow. Look, I have a hard time believing someone would take his/her own life over ringing in ears/loss of hearing. But truth is, ears are a goddam sensitive part of your anatomy. I dunno though. Seems like there is more to this story, aka severe depression.

    Doesn't take away from your message though. I've only been "ok" wearing earplugs in my lifetime. Sure wish I had been more diligent about it early on.
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    Agreed with you. I'm extremely interested in knowing any details from this. It's just too insane for me to humanly imagine. Also, what the fuck was going on at that Them Crooked Vultures show?!?

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    Fuck! I don't ever wear earplugs, unless its too loud in the house, and I'm trying to go to sleep. I'm only 24, but I pray that I don't cause hearing damage to myself to due excessive rocking out.

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    ^ Prayer isn't needed here- common sense is. Just wear decent earplugs and you'll be fine. Heck, those foamy, $5 Hearos you can find at Walgreens are decent enough. So it's not like you can't afford it.
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    I'm only 22 and even going in a bar with loud music causes severe ringing in my ears for the whole night/ morning.

    It gives me headaches for a while after.

    People are loosing their hearing in their mid 30s due to new louder speakers and development of in ear headphones.


    If I can hear music for longer then I'm going to use earplugs.

    They also cut out ambient noise so can usually hear more of the show.

    Win win.

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    I just ordered some earplugs the other day. I got tired of being in pain in the front row and not wanting to move back.

    I havent tested them out yet, but I really hope they wont make everything sound like crap.
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    Could you repeat the questions please but a bit louder?

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    i wear earplugs, have been doing so regularly since 2005. 2 primus shows in particular killed me - halloween 2003 and vegoose 2005

    for most shows i bring both the etymotics and cheapie cvs green ones. depending on how loud it is i use one or the other.

    for metal shows i don't even bother to bring the etys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrid View Post
    I just ordered some earplugs the other day. I got tired of being in pain in the front row and not wanting to move back.

    I havent tested them out yet, but I really hope they wont make everything sound like crap.
    If you let yourself adjust after a few shows, you will hear things better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LickTheLizzard View Post
    i have THESE. they are cheap and they work really well.
    Trust the ear plug crowd -- I have the same ones as his link above (Etymotic brand). They're not custom made but are great -- you hear everything clearly, just won't go deaf in the process. Foam ones suck -- don't even bother.

    I learned the hard way my first night w/o plugs -- got no sleep b/c my ears were ringing so bad. Not a good way to start off the weekend.

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    There is nothing cool about hearing loss... We take steps to protect ourselves every day... clothing, sun glasses, sun screen and even sun glasses.

    Having ear plugs has nothing to do with being cool or uncool... If you value your health you WILL wear ear plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuauhtemoc723 View Post


    I bought these last year after my 6th Coachella and will not go back. I always hated the foam options for good reason, but these work magically and were pretty cheap. I could care less if someone sees this sticking out my ear, good! They know I care about my hearing. It only took over 16 years of live shows to get the hint.

    Plus the case they come in works well to store other things
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    Quote Originally Posted by captncrzy View Post
    I'm 37 and spent a great majority of my life at concerts not wearing ear plugs.

    I can barely hear.
    I'm 35 and my ENT just confirmed I have upper register hearing loss (presumably from way too many concerts without ear plugs). The only thing I really have trouble hearing...? Music. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dede' Arneaux View Post
    You wont hear it like it is and anyway ... if not the music of Coachella,
    what else are you saving your ears for?
    Earplugs make it sound better when you get close to the speakers. I want to still be able to hear when im 40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dede' Arneaux View Post
    You wont hear it like it is and anyway ... if not the music of Coachella,
    what else are you saving your ears for?
    ummm alot of us see over 400 sets a year.
    its a known fact that loud music causes irreversible hearing damage.

    id personally like to hear my grandkids scampering around one day, and not be that grandpa that says, HEEEEEEEHHHH all the time.

    far more important than any set or festival id ever attend.

    also, a good set of earplugs will actually make the music sound better than the way you hear it.

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    I am in shock when I see people in the Mojave or Sahara tent standing RIGHT IN FRONT of the speakers with on protection. ( I also feel very bad for the festival workers that are made to stand in front of the speakers.)

    Every time you hear a ringing in your ears after a show, that's a sign of permanent hearing loss.

    The absolute best earplugs you can get are the Hearos High Fidelity Earplugs. They maintain the quality of the sound, but bring down the decibels a few levels. You can get them at Guitar Center or on Amazon for like $10. I won't go to any show without them

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    Quote Originally Posted by ET MB 90266 View Post
    The absolute best earplugs you can get are the Hearos High Fidelity Earplugs. They maintain the quality of the sound, but bring down the decibels a few levels.
    That's subjective. I'm sure they are good though. But many people on here (including myself) seem to have these Etymotic Research ones that are mentioned numerous times in this thread and are very happy with them.
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    I wore these guys that I picked up at Guitar Center last year on Friday and Saturday. I lost one early in the day Sunday and could not believe how unbelievably fucking loud every show seemed the rest of that day, I mean like uncomfortably loud. Funny how quickly you can adjust to things, I thought I'd never get used to wearing them but after only 2 days at Coachella my ears were already recalibrated to expect earplug level decibels and going without them for the whole day was horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManImCool View Post
    That's subjective. I'm sure they are good though. But many people on here (including myself) seem to have these Etymotic Research ones that are mentioned numerous times in this thread and are very happy with them.
    You realize they are the same earplugs, right, just different brands?

    I loathe flanged earplugs, they have never been comfortable to me. All about a nice pair of customs these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    You realize they are the same earplugs, right, just different brands?

    I loathe flanged earplugs, they have never been comfortable to me. All about a nice pair of customs these days.
    Yeah, I do. Are all brands that make the same product of the same quality? That wasn't even my point. My point was that it's absurd to claim that that specific pair he linked were the absolute best earplugs you can get. Case in point, customs (although much more expensive) are arguably "better".
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    I am in the military and I have been using this type for about 6 years and they are perfect. They are comfortable and clear. They don't muffle or distort sound...its like turning down the volume.
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    High fidelity ear plugs are the way to go. Etymotic or Hearos are good choices. They're the kind of ear plugs that musicians wear. They reduce sound levels evenly so that music and speech are clear and natural, not muffled like with foam plugs. Your music experience will be enhanced while your hearing is protected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManImCool View Post
    Yeah, I do. Are all brands that make the same product of the same quality?
    I will assume both are made at the same plant in China and then shipped to the different distributors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDSD573 View Post
    I am in the military and I have been using this type for about 6 years and they are perfect. They are comfortable and clear. They don't muffle or distort sound...its like turning down the volume.
    Surefire EP3 Sonic Defender Ear Protection
    http://www.amazon.com/Surefire-Sonic...ing+protection
    I saw those on amazon, and thought they looked kinda big. Good reviews, but much bigger than the Etymotics, so I eventually went with the Etymotics. Also, when you go through all the reviews for the Surefire those seem to cater to gun owners using them at the gun range, whearas the Etymotic reviews involve concert use a lot more. I don't doubt the Surefire's are excellent, but are they pretty big in and outside the ear?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    I will assume both are made at the same plant in China and then shipped to the different distributors.
    You've completely missed the point of my post if you're still bringing that up.
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    Agreed, it is subjective, but I've tried all different types and these work best for me. They come with a small container box and are very cheap. The foam earplugs do not work very well. They tend to muffle the sound, as oppose to bring the decibels down.

    I would recommend these again, Hearos High Fidelity Musician's earplugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryclopse View Post
    Look at the scientific and medical literature. Amplified sound exposure can cause irreparable damage to the auditory system.

    I use a pair of relatively inexpensive (~$10-20) high-fidelity plugs that bring the decibel level down but maintain the integrity of the sound. You hear the whole range. At times when I remove them in the middle of a show I am shocked by how unnecessarily loud the environment gets.

    It may make you look like a square to some folks but there is nothing cool about being in your 20's and having to say "What?" every other sentence.
    I'm not even 30 and my ears are doing pretty bad... With having ear-infections all the time as a kid, being born slightly deaf, going skydiving last year and busting my eardrum, I will DEFINITELY be wearing my earplugs. Let someone say something to me...

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    i failed my hearing test upon leaving the navy. i had recently acquired a really loud guitar amp and took the test after playing it for days straight. after an adjustment period, i passed. but damn, wear plugs. that amp was nothing to line array PAs.

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