CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

There are plenty of charts available online that can tell you how loud things are and how much your poor ears can stand, but there’s nothing better than a decent pair of earplugs to save you from a lifetime of silence. 90-95db is where hearing loss occurs, and that’s not even that tough to find in everyday life. A hand drill is in that range!

Although there are several options for custom moulded plugs, which are fairly common actually, you actually don’t have to spend that much loot.

I recently picked up a pair of these babies from a company called DownBeats. They’re about $15 on Amazon. What attracted me to them initially was the fact that they come with the handy-dandy carrying case, but in real-life situations they’re a life saver. They promise to shave 18db off of the top of whatever you’re listening to, and for my money, they worked great at the last couple of gigs I went to.

There are loads of options in this price range, but the bottom line is: protect your hearing, or wind up like this guy.

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