Musician Earplugs and In-Ear Monitors

Musician earplugs and in-ear monitors provide mid to low-frequency hearing protection. These custom hearing protection devices also allow the musician to hear his/her own music clearly as well as hear other musicians’ music and voices while performing.

Conventional store-bought earplugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling speech and sound in the process. They make music and voices sound very unclear and unnatural. While conventional hearing protection can reduce very high frequencies, this amount of hearing protection is typically not needed for musicians.

Most musicians do not need maximum protection. Instead, they need mid- to low-frequency protection. This can be accomplished through earplugs that are specifically designed for musicians.

Musician Earplugs

Musician earplugs come in both custom and non-custom options. Ready-fit musician earplugs can reduce sound levels by approximately 20 dB, enough to reduce harmful sound without distorting speech or music.

These types of earplugs are deep in order to allow the earmold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. This deep fit reduces what is known as occlusion: a hollow or boomy sound in the musician’s own voice that is sometimes experienced with lower quality earplugs. These types of deep-fit earmolds are popular with musicians because of the quality of sound they allow musicians to hear while practicing and performing.

Musician Earplugs Are Not Just for Musicians

Musician earplugs are also a popular hearing protection option for the following types of people:

  • Sound crews
  • Recording engineers
  • Band teachers
  • Concert-goers
  • DJs
  • Airline personnel
  • Athletic coaches
  • NFL football players
  • Referees
  • Motorcyclists
  • Medical professionals
  • Construction workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Truck drivers

In-Ear Monitors for Musicians

For musicians who perform for large audiences, in-ear monitors (IEMs) are the current standard in musician technology. They allow the musician to hear clearly the music they are making, as the audience would hear it, while still protecting the musician’s ears from extremely loud amplification systems and audiences.

IEMs work best if they are custom-molded to fit each musician’s ears personally. However, universal-fit musician monitors are also available. Universal IEMs typically come with interchangeable foam or silicone tips to allow for a semi-custom fit.

Custom Fit

Both earplugs and IEMs can be custom made (using a mold) to fit your unique ear shape, usually by an audiologist or hearing specialist. The ear impression that is used to make the custom-fit earmold or in-ear monitor is the most important part of the process. The quality of the ear impression material and technique directly impacts the sound quality, sound isolation, and comfort that is achieved with the earmold. Because this part of the process is so crucial, it is important that you have experienced and trained hearing specialists like those at Apex Audiology to make impressions for high-quality musician earplugs.

Contact Us

Contact Apex Audiology at (719) 247-9000 for your custom musician earmold and in-ear monitor needs. We are to help you make the best choice that fits your needs. Schedule an appointment today to get started.