Who needs to protect their ears?
People who are always exposed to loud noises, sound or music – whether it’s for work or recreation- need to wear hearing protection. Hunters, shooters, musicians, industrial workers – those are just some of the people who need to wear hearing protection. When it comes to hearing protection, musicians have their own unique needs and preferences. Musicians need musician earplugs and monitors not only to protect their hearing but also to be able to hear their own voice or music clearly along with other musicians or band members’ voices or instrument while performing.
WHAT ARE IN-EAR MUSICIAN MONITORS?
Musicians who perform in large audiences may need an in-ear monitor,also known as IEMs. Musician earplugs and monitors are considered to be the current standard in the music industry. IEMs allow a musician to clearly hear the music they are making just as the audience would hear it while still protecting the ears from damage and suffering from permanent hearing loss.
Musician earplugs and monitors work best if they are custom molded so that it can fit the musician’s ears better. Our audiologists at PA Center for Hearing and Balance believe that protecting the health of the ears is better than providing damage care. As cliche as this may sound, it is actually better to prevent damage than to cure a patient with a damaged ear drum or severe hearing loss due to loud sounds or amplification. Audiologists are always reminding a consumer or a patient about the impacts of loud sounds or noises to hearing health.
While custom musician earplugs and monitors are highly recommended accessories, the option to use a universal or standard fit of musician monitors still remains. Universal IEMs usually come with interchangeable silicone tips or foam to deliver a semi-custom fitting experience.
MUSICIAN EARPLUGS AND MONITORS: YOUR GUIDE TO A CUSTOM FIT
MUSICIAN EARPLUGS AND MONITORS
STORE BOUGHT OR CUSTOM MADE?
While traditional or conventional ear plugs make voices, music and practically any audio sound unclear and unnatural, it is a big no-no from a musician’s point of view. Conventional hearing protection may reduce sounds in very high frequencies but musicians need flexible hearing protection, something that musician earplugs and monitors can provide.
You see, most musicians do not really need maximum protection. What musicians need is mid to low frequency protection. This is what musician earplugs and monitors are specifically designed for.
BETTER SOUND AND LESS NOISE
Musicians earplugs and monitors are the type that sits deep in the ear to allow the earmold to seal within the bony portion of the ear canal. The tight fitting reduces the occlusion effect, known as a boomy or hollow sound in the musicians’ own voice. The occlusion effect is usually experienced with low quality ear plugs, which is definitely a turn off for musicians.
A deep fit ear mold is preferred by musicians because of the quality of sound produced that allows musicians to hear what needs to be heard while performing in front of a live audience, while practicing or recording a song.
NOT JUST FOR MUSICIANS
IMPORTANCE OF MUSICIAN EARPLUGS AND MONITORS
The loud noises on stage can actually lead to permanent damage or hearing loss and will eventually end up affecting the ability of a musician to play or perform properly. This is why musician earplugs and monitors are considered by audiologists to be an essential part of maintaining hearing health.
If you are undecided or confused on the type, brand or model of musician earplugs and monitors that you should get, we can help. Our team of audiologists at PA Center for Hearing and Balance will be happy to walk you through choosing the right musician earplugs and monitors that are suited for your lifestyle and budget.