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Do you enjoy live music? Maybe a jazz band playing while you dine with friends, watching the marching band during a holiday parade, or going to live shows to see your favorite artists?

Music is a great gift. It’s something we all can appreciate and enjoy. Music tells stories that we relate to, and can be a powerful thing to experience. Many times we love to “feel” the music. We love the emotions it causes us to feel. Yet sometimes to “feel” the music we cause ourselves some undue harm by listening too loudly.

We are all probably guilty of it. But we have to take care that we aren’t listening at a level that will cause damage. Industry specialists recommend that we do not exceed 80 dB in for 8 hours, 83 dB for 4 hours, 86dB for 2 hours, and 89 dB for one hour. I don’t know about you, but without even measuring the dB levels at the last concert I attended I can safely say it was way over the suggested 86 dB limit for the two hour length of the show.

So what is there to do? How can we experience the music and still enjoy the sound? The best way to prevent hearing loss in any setting is by using proper hearing protection. Earplugs can be purchased for a wide range of uses, including specific models for the music buff. Many types of hearing protection are available and not all are expensive. In our search for the best hearing protection for music lovers, the winners boiled down to two contestants.

  1. Etymotic ETY High Fidelity Ear Plugs
  2. Isolate Pro Titanium Earplugs

These were each highly rated by concert goers and professional concert photographers. The ETY are very affordable at less than $15, and the higher price point titanium are said to mimic bone conduction for great sound quality (bone conduction is the vibration in the ear bones that produces sound).

So feel that beat, enjoy the music, but protect your ears.

Please note: This article is not a medical or professional endorsement for any specific product. HEI is not responsible for purchases made or the quality of earplugs or hearing protection by any company listed above. This article is meant to be a resource for your own research and discovery. See your doctor for specific information, prescription, and recommendation for hearing health products.

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