Musicians Earplugs and Monitors
Musicians have unique needs when it comes to hearing protection. They need to protect their hearing, but they also need to be able to hear their own music clearly, as well as hear other musicians’ music and voices while performing.
Conventional store-bought ear plugs are great at providing hearing protection. However, they often provide too much protection for musicians, muffling music and other sounds in the process. They make music and voices very unclear and unnatural to listen to. Musicians require a reduction of sound levels, yet tonal and timbre balance maintained.
Musician’s Ear Plugs
Custom musician’s ear plugs come in either mild (15 dB) or moderate (25 dB) sound reduction levels. They fit deep into the ear in order to reduce potentially boomy side-effects with their own voice.
Musician’s ear plugs are not just for musicians. Any application wherein a reduction of sound level is required but tonal balance is maintained:
- Sound crews
- Recording engineers
- Band teachers
- Airline personnel
- Athletic coaches
- NFL football players
- Medical professionals
- Truck drivers
Mr. Barth make such and can advise you in the proper model for your needs.
In-Ear Musician Monitors
For musicians who perform for large audiences, in-ear musician monitors (IEMs) are the current standard in musician technology. They allow the musician to clearly hear the music they are making as the audience would hear it while still protecting the musician's ears from extremely loud amplification systems and audiences.
IEMs work best if they are custom molded to fit each musician's ears personally. semi-custom fit.
Both sound-reducing earmolds and In-The-Ear-Monitors should be custom made (using a mold) to fit your unique ear shape. The quality of the mold or monitor is in part, determined by the accuracy of the ear impression made by the Audiologist.
Mr. Barth has specialized training in this exacting technique.