Studio, Gigs and Concerts: How do I Protect My Ears From the High Volumes

loud musicI remember a good friend of mine giving me a valuable tip when I was just starting as a musician. He told me: “you need to protect your ears”. I was thinking about other things that day, but it was only when I finally got on stage, felt dizzy because of the noise, that I realized the importance of those words.

As a musician, I have been using my ears since I was young. I have ‘widowed’ some music arrangements (which means that I played by ear), and have listened to our recordings, and that of others. Therefore, my ears is constantly exposed to different levels of sound.

earplugsAs a protection for my ears, I got me a pair of noise canceling earplugs. The ones that I chose have been designed for musicians like me. They are very valuable in different situations, and there is also a wide range of options when it comes to frequencies, as well as custom fittings.

Sadly, however, some musicians I know hate using earplugs while performing because they believe that their performances might be affected. Still, it is still the best thing to do. Through the years that I have used earplugs, I have found some ways on how to balance the sound that enters my ears.

Earplugs – A Good Investment

In any endeavor, investments need to be made. This is very important if you are constantly exposed to the high volume of sound. Loud sound levels can destroy your hearing. If not now, maybe in the long run.
Earplugs particularly designed for musicians like me have been constructed especially to replicate the hearing range of our ears, but only with a lower decibel level. The music that is heard through earplugs for musicians comes it the same frequency, just like that of the original, but they are delivered directly to your inner at a very safe and comfortable decibel level.

It is part of our life as musicians to perform and practice, thus getting ourselves exposed to a wide musical style spectrum. For that reason, it is very important to protect our ears. The good thing is that last time I checked on ear plugs, there are a lot of them that are available, offering different attenuation levels. In fact, I use one which allows me to use a different type of attenuator in one of my ears, and another one with the other, depending on the location, sources, as well as the intensity of sound.

If you are also a musician and are wondering how to choose the best one for your need, consider the following factors:

  • The earplugs that are best for concerts, or those with high volume sound exposure are way different from the standard earplugs that a lot of people use. A good model is one that does not completely mute the sound.
  • Earplugs for concerts and performances, unlike foam earplugs, has the capacity to lower noise up to 12 to 15 decibels. This means that you need to choose ear plugs that can lower sound volume across different frequencies. Doing so will allow you to still enjoy the tune, and at the same time, protect your ears from high volume.

Aside from choosing the right earplugs for your protection, there are also some things that you can take into practice. For instance, take regular breaks. These breaks will give your ears a break. You do not have to wait before you feel dizzy before you rest, just take the initiative and take those well-deserved breaks. It’s for your own good.

If you do mixing, make sure to do so at a controlled volume. For one, there is no reason to be exposed to high volume inside your studio environment. Mixing at higher volume will only distort your sound, which means that you may not get a real response that you need.

Avoid shying away from the use of earplugs. They are the best means of providing protection to your ears. Limit your exposure to high sound levels whenever you can, and take a break at times. You will certainly appreciate music and sound better if you can hear them well.