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This time I would like to talk about the best earplugs for drummers – which of course – should be the very first item on your wishlist, before starting to play drums!
Any of these products will help protect your ears! Please use them from the 1st day!
That would be bad!
The good news is, that there are plenty of great earplugs for drummers which don't cost much and are efficiently protecting your most precious sense from loud noises and decreasing the decibel levels of any source.
Here are the contents:
Why drummers should MUST wear earplugs
In the following noise examples comparison table, you will see why drummers should MUST WEAR earplugs or any other ear protection while playing.
HINT: The drum set appears in the “danger (red) zone”:
Faint – Safe listening for any time period
Quiet office / library
Moderate – Safe listening for any time period
Very loud – Earplugs are recommended to avoid pain and damage to hearing capacity.
Extremely loud – Hearing protection is required to avoid hearing loss and pain.
Painful steady noise – Not safe for any period of time
Aircraft carrier deck
Painful impulse noise – Not safe for any period of time
Table: Examples of noise levels including drum set
What earplugs do drummers use?
The majority of earplugs, which drummers use, simply decreases the loudness of a drum set while wearing them in the ear canals. Nonetheless, there are more sophisticated products which come with interchangeable filters. These kinds of drummer earplugs allow a more individual noise reduction by using different filter types.
In addition, there are also professional solutions like so-called in-ear monitors, which are mostly combined with an in-ear monitoring system.
The best earplugs for drummers
There are plenty of earplugs available, and finding the perfect fit for your individual purposes can be difficult.
Thus, finding the best earplugs for yourself, you have to rely on fellow musicians and their recommendations concerning ear protection.
Here are earplugs for musicians, which you probably heard of before:
How do I protect my ears while drumming?
There are several ways to protect your ears while playing drums or listening to loud music. The cheapest but still a very effective product are simple earplugs like Oropax. These are available in almost any supermarket, and one can buy them in bulk for less than $10,-.
Another very effective way to protect your ears while drumming are earmuffs, which you wear over your ears to protect your hearing capacity.
A more sophisticated and more expensive product for ear protection are customized earplugs which perfectly fit your ear canals.
The best ear protection for drummers
If you haven't found a solution for yourself yet, here's more for you to consider when choosing your ear protection:
Which ear protection for drumming is the best for me?
Many people ask me the following question time and time again:
Do drummers wear earplugs?
Yes, drummers do wear earplugs to protect their ears to avoid the loss of their hearing capacity and an irreversible tinnitus, which can end any musician's career.
And as you can see, there are quite a few options to protect your ears while playing drums. Most of these will do a great job for your ears too, but you will have to try them out for yourself.
There's not one solution which works great for everybody!
I know a lot of people who really don't like pushing such ear plugs into their ear canals. I understand that, although I don't have any problems wearing them even for hours.
If you don't like wearing earplugs like the ones I mentioned in this article, you shouldn't invest too much money in custom-made ones.
I own a pair of such expensive ones, and I even paid a lot more than those I linked to.
In my opinion, the sound doesn't become better, nor does it protect my ears better.
Try them out for yourself and start with the low-priced products!
Should drummers wear ear protection?
Yes, drummers should wear ear protection because playing on a modern drum set including cymbals can generate high noise levels up to 120 dB, which is nearly as loud as a jet fighter.
Which drummer ear protection headphones are recommendable?
There are a few headphones for drummers to consider, which do also protect your ears while playing drums to your favorite music:
What is the best ear protection for young drummers?
My students, in particular the young drummers, love the earmuffs, I mentioned in this article.
They fit any head size, and even the smallest drummers can use them to protect their ears perfectly.
Another great thing about these earmuffs is, that they don't cost a fortune, and they last very long.
Maybe you wonder now why these are better than earplugs.
Well, many people don't like wearing earplugs at all and there aren't any products for children out there, which make it absolutely comfortable for the youngsters to wear them.
Earmuffs don't penetrate the ear canals, which many drummers – in particular children – prefer.
Which ear protection do you prefer?
I hope that you found this blog post about the best earplugs for drummers useful!
What kind of ear protection do you use while playing drums or at a loud concert?
Are you used to wearing earplugs like the ones I mentioned above?
Have you ever tried custom earplugs, or do you wear earmuffs or even in-ear monitors?
Please let me know in the comments.
Enjoy drumming and talk soon!