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Item: Etymotics (Elacin) ER-15 Custom Earplugs
USD $150 – $200 approx.
GBP £165 approx.
At a Glance: Etymotics ER-15 Custom Earplugs replicate the natural response of the open ear while protecting your hearing from excessive noise. You still hear the blend clearly, feel the bass, and distinguish each tone, only the sound is quieter. Etymotic Research Inc.’s website is a cool mix of technical specs and simple advice on what ear protection is best for you. And if you’re not convinced you need earplugs, take a look at Hearnet.com for some ear-saving advice.
High Notes: Reviewers loved them for the sound quality, the comfort and the fact that once in, they’re virtually invisible. Once you have them they should last around 4 to 5 years, by which time the shape of your ear canal will have changed anyway.
Off Pitch: They don’t come cheap but then hearing loss is usually permanent, so you have to ask yourself: “what it’s really worth to me in the long run?” You will also have to get yourself down to an audiologist to be fitted and wait a few weeks for the plugs to be made.
A Singer Says: I sing in pubs and banquet halls where the stage, if there is one, is tiny and a crash cymbal or a PA speaker can be too close for comfort. They help to make absolutely sure I hear my voice and don’t strain no matter how loud the band gets.
A Pro Drummer Says: The Elacin ER-15s don’t take out all the high and low frequencies like most “foam” ear plugs do. I never play without them now – well worth the investment if you value your hearing.
More: “They’re expensive, but they’re worth it – they’re probably the best earplugs in the world! Five Stars”. A.S. -DJ
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