Do Any Audiophile, Sound Pressure Attenuating, Ear Devices Exist? - AVS Forum
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snpanago's Avatar snpanago 04:22 PM 12-29-2012
I'm interested if there are any products that can be recommended so that I may enjoy live concerts (eg, rock) without a major loss of fidelity and enjoyment such as with ear plugs.

Due to inner ear disorders (well known to me and my doctors), I experience 2-3 days of tinnitus, vertigo, blurred vision, ear fullness, and nausea after a typical Green Day or Who concert for example. I know that I'm not the only one affected by loud volumes. Using ear plugs, the overall volume is safely muffled, but they seem to block the upper middle to higher frequencies disproportionately and are unsatisfactory to appreciate the music. I'm wondering, are there any solutions out there that can reduce the overall SPL delivered to the ears while maintaining the frequencies created by the musicians?

Come to think of it, more often than attending concerts, some movie theaters (with certain movies) have played reference or seemingly louder causing me to plug my ears with my fingers for protection. I'm hopeful there is a recommendation, thanks.

lovinthehd's Avatar lovinthehd 04:31 PM 12-29-2012
No personal experience, but a quick search got this http://www.etymotic.com/hp/erme.html. I'd look at what the professionals use in any case.
J Real's Avatar J Real 04:57 PM 12-29-2012
Start buying tickets near the back
snpanago's Avatar snpanago 11:05 AM 12-30-2012
Lovinthehd, many thanks! A bit embarrassed that I couldn't/didn't Internet search before posting.
JHAz's Avatar JHAz 12:11 PM 12-30-2012
IIRC thosevetys are highlybregarded among musicians for whom at leat relatively hi fi sound through the earplugs can be quite critical when playing live and judging relative balance etc. I oughta get some so my tinnitos doesnt worsen.
DonH50's Avatar DonH50 02:15 AM 01-01-2013
The etymotics have been around a while and have a good rep. There are several other brands of plugs listed as "for musicians" but the ones I have are apparently made by a company long out of business... They appear to be just cheap foam but have a bit more open cell foam and are flatter (best I can tell) than the cheapies I get for shooting. Another option, albeit quite expensive, is custom fitted plugs. They can be adjusted for weighting; a friend has a pair but with fitting and all I think they came in at around $600/pr. A final option are shooter's plugs or muffs that let you hear normally but close off when it gets too loud. Some use a simple switch and amplifier system; the better ones have a compressor. Both types fail to provide flat 20 - 20 kHz response IME (made mainly for midrange).
sadsack's Avatar sadsack 02:51 PM 01-02-2013
It's probably way overkill (not to mention $$$$), but the Sensaphonics 3D Active Ambient in-ear monitors have built-in binaural microphones that can be mixed with the monitor feed. Freq response is 20 Hz - 16 KHz, and the mics can handle up to 140 dB SPL before clipping.

I've used their 2X-S IEMs, which are very comfortable for long-session wear.
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