Musicians Earplugs™ are custom high-fidelity earplugs developed by ETYMOTIC over 20 years ago, following president Dr. Mead Killion’s participation in a noise study for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They are still the highest fidelity of any earplugs available. Musicians Earplugs are a custom product, made individually for each user. They can be purchased from licensed hearing professionals.
Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods and may require different amounts of protection depending on sound levels encountered during rehearsals and performance. Some musicians use one type of attenuator in one ear and one type in the other, depending on the source and location of the sound.
|Small strings||•||•||•||Own instrument, other strings|
|Brass||•||•||•||Own instrument, other brass|
|Percussion||•||•||•||Own instruments, other percussion|
|Vocalists||•||•||•||Own voice, speakers, monitors|
|Acoustic guitar||•||•||•||Drums, speakers, monitors|
|Amplified instruments||•||•||•||Speakers, monitors|
|Marching bands||•||•||Multiple sources|
|Music teachers||•||•||Multiple sources|
|Recording engineers||•||•||Speakers, monitors|
|Sound crews||•||•||Speakers, monitors|
In 1985, while consulting with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mead Killion, Ph.D., president and founder of Etymotic Research, concluded that there was a real need for Carlson's earplugs. Etymotic continues to certify laboratories to make Musicians Earplugs, and requires rigorous standards for all laboratories, to ensure uniform product quality and performance. Musicians Earplugs have protected the hearing of tens of thousands of persons around the world.
ER-15 Musicians Earplugs provide 15 dB sound reduction at all frequencies.
Earmolds should fit snugly but comfortably. A commercially-available lubricant such as Otoease® can be used to ease insertion, particularly for new users. Deep-fitting earmolds may require a wearing schedule; i.e., wear them for short periods of time at first, and gradually increase wearing time.
C = compliance
L = inductance
R = resistance
ER-9 Provides flat 9-dB sound reduction through the mid range and 15 dB in the highs
ER-15 Provides uniform 15-dB sound reduction across frequencies
ER-25 Provides 25-dB relatively flat sound reduction across frequencies