Wear earplugs to rock concerts at age ___ ?

DerfDerf Posts: 31
Last night my daughter and I saw Paramore in concert in Dublin, Ireland, and we will go to another show in London in a few days. My hearing is just now starting to come back, almost 24 hours later. I decided I'm going to wear earplugs for the London show. My 53 year old ears can't handle what they used to, and I want to continue to enjoy MY music for many years to come. Daughter is 14, she was able to hear fine almost immediately afterward. Those of you that still go to rock concerts--do you wear earplugs? Or something else?
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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,308
    Nope
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,554
    edited June 16
    James Bond uses ear muffs......

  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    I can't remember whether I wore earplugs at the last three shows I saw. Never mind the hearing - I guess that's making a statement of another sort.

    I think I would get some of those gross, creepy looking fleshy colored ones to have with me to wear just in case. Anytime I'm in a venue with concrete floors and a lot of reflective surfaces, I'll carry a wad of tp with me just in case. For my ears.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,797
    edited June 16
    I never use protection of any kind. I am using it all up before my number gets punched.
    Post edited by motorhead43026 on
  • DerfDerf Posts: 31
    I never use protection of any kind.
    Three days later . . . go see the doctor.

  • factorzfactorz Posts: 317
    All the time and for me it really didn't take anything away. Plus no ringing the next day!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,579
    I never used to but now every one. May take them out for a few songs but I'd like to hear as ling as i can the best i can. One of these days that ringing will not go away.
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,554
    I get my hearing tested once a year at work. I never had any problem until a few years ago I started to get some higher frequency loss so I became more conscious of protecting my hearing.

    Things that really take a toll on hearing are:
    • Working in loud areas with no hearing protection
    • Listening to loud music for long periods of time
    • Shooting guns without hearing protection

    I don't go to as many concerts as I used to but I have never worn hearing protection at any of them. I never really had much problem afterwards (at least none I could notice).

    I am occasionally exposed to loud noise at work and always wear ear plugs. It's mandatory anyway (and for good reason).

    Last but not least, I always wear hearing protection while shooting. I have paid for it dearly the few times I haven't.

    Once you lose it, it's gone forever so protect it as much as possible.
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,469
    Nope, there have been times I wish I had though.
  • decaldecal Posts: 2,907
    Start using them now. I started wearing hearing protection 30 years ago when I started working on offshore oil platforms. I'm now 60 years old and still have very good hearing.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,843
    Get musicians ear plugs, they're way better than stuffing your ears with a material that only blocks.

    Like this, there's more though do some research.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019M576XW/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1497676829&sr=8-6&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=musician+earplugs&dpPl=1&dpID=51ztL6Xe-WL&ref=plSrch
  • halohalo Posts: 3,513
    Best earplugs I've ever had: https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20.html

    Yes, I've been wearing them to concerts for years. Don't like the constant eeeee noise I get without them.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Get musicians ear plugs, they're way better than stuffing your ears with a material that only blocks.
    Like this, there's more though do some research.
    How long do these take to break-in before they sound their best?
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,843
    msg wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Get musicians ear plugs, they're way better than stuffing your ears with a material that only blocks.
    Like this, there's more though do some research.
    How long do these take to break-in before they sound their best?

    Five Diana Krall concerts or one Cannibal Corpse concert. >:)
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 214
    Yes, wear them. I have been diagnosed with Tinnitus - constant ringing. I have some hearing loss.

    The ringing started after I attended a John Forgerty concert. My seats were close to the stage and the big speakers.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    Dag man,im sorry to hear that. That is terribly unfortunate.

    I had a boss once who went shooting with his SILs, and didn't wear hearing protection. Ended up with permanent damage that even hearing aids only partially helped.

    Also have a friend who suffered complete deafness in one ear after a travel illness. He lives in Austin, and was big into music, but his hearing loss was so upsetting, understandably, that it put him off listening altogether. I think he slowly got back into it a bit, but obviously, it's not the same.

    I know this question is about earplugs for concerts, but I expand hearing protection to other areas too. I wear earplugs when mowing the lawn or riding a motorcycle, and muffs when running power tools or shopvac indoors for extended periods. When I was a kid, I used to wear Walkman headphones when cutting the grass, but that was probably worse because I was nearly maxing out the volume to make it listenable.

    Always eye protection and dust mask where warranted.

    After suffering a few minimal injuries along these lines, I set these rules for myself. Still catch myself sometimes saying, "I'll just do this real quick and it'll be okay." but then I stop myself and get the protection stuff on.
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,397
    halo wrote: »
    Best earplugs I've ever had: https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20.html

    Yes, I've been wearing them to concerts for years. Don't like the constant eeeee noise I get without them.

    These are the ones I use as well. Been wearing hearing protection to concerts since my early 30s. Almost 46 now and think my hearing is pretty good.
  • DerfDerf Posts: 31
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Get musicians ear plugs . . .
    halo wrote: »
    Thanks for the info, gents. I had no idea these were even available. I'll get a set and put them to use.
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 214
    Msg, I never thought about wearing them when cutting grass and using other power equipment. I always wear a mask and eye protection. I'll start this week.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 3,631
    I DJ and run karaoke shows. Years ago I went to an audiologist and had a custom set of molded earplugs made. They have a filter and that filter can be changed. -5,10,15,20 db so I can hear everything everyone else hears but 15 db less. I do bring them to louder concerts.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,579
    What did those set you back Brian
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    edited June 18
    BBM - I just use the tapered 3M ones from Home Depot or those yellow ones from EAR available on Amazon. I like the tapered ones best, and I find there's a trick for insertion. You might have best results with some version of this:
    1. Roll the foamie good and thin
    2. Reach over your head with opposite hand and pull your outer ear sort of up/out slightly. The idea here is to straighten the path to the ear canal.
    3. Insert earplug
    4. Release ear
    5. Hold earplug in place until it expands.
    6. You can adjust the depth for comfort and desired level of noise reduction
    Some people wet them, but I think that removes whatever it is that keeps them grippy and slow to expand.

    Foamies obviously aren't going to offer as refined an experience as some of the technology referenced here, but for general hearing protection, better than nothing. If I were a regular concert goer or musician, I'd definitely look into something like that, just like a piece of gear, really.

    (*Edited for my phone thinking it's smarter than I)
  • jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,666
    I guarantee I lost some hearing at the Tool concert. For protection, I'll be digging out my Surefire earplugs as they have the ability to let more/less sound through in that filter plug.

    I'll be taking plugs with me to all shows going forward, as the few days immediately after Tool were downright unpleasant. I think usage depends on seating and where the speakers are.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    I first saw this as "digging out my Splitfire Spark Plugs"
    I thought, hmmt, unconventional, but inventive...
    jflail2 wrote: »
    I guarantee I lost some hearing at the Tool concert. For protection, I'll be digging out my Surefire earplugs as they have the ability to let more/less sound through in that filter plug.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 3,631
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    What did those set you back Brian
    They were $180 like 10 years ago.

  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,797
    edited June 20
    I did suffer temporary hearing loss at an outside concert were Nugent was in the lineup. We were just several feet from the stage and the bass was so loud you could feel it vibrate every fiber of your being. It felt hot as if your molecules were rubbing together causing friction. Not to mention the fact I was paling around with Mr. Natural that day, else I would have never been that close. Ted was definitely in the late seventies bad for your ears.
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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,308
    edited June 20
    I did suffer temporary hearing loss at an outside concert were Nugent was in the lineup. We were just several feet from the stage and the bass was so loud you could feel it vibrate every fiber of your being. It felt hot as if your molecules were rubbing together causing friction. Not to mention the fact I was paling around with Mr. Natural that day, else I would have never been that close. Ted was definitely in the late seventies bad for your ears.

    Ted definitly puts one some of the loudest shows. Saw him several times but the loudest was at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. I was close enough to catch a drumstick. Ears rang for days.
    Post edited by ken brydson on
  • DerfDerf Posts: 31
    Ted was definitely in the late seventies bad for your ears.
    Nugent was the first concert I ever attended, in Charlotte back in 1980. Good times.

    I used the squishy foam earplugs at last night's concert, and my hearing was perfect immediately afterward. I ordered some of the musician plugs to use at concerts coming up the next few months, as the foam plugs do block higher range detail.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,867
    Mr. Natural Light?
    Not to mention the fact I was paling around with Mr. Natural that day, else I would have never been that close. Ted was definitely in the late seventies bad for your ears.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,579
    msg wrote: »
    Mr. Natural Light?
    Not to mention the fact I was paling around with Mr. Natural that day, else I would have never been that close. Ted was definitely in the late seventies bad for your ears.

    ummm NO not even close.
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