Help Musicians Hear for a Lifetime
Education, advocacy and hearing protection are the cornerstones of a comprehensive program, which includes the Adopt-a-Band program and Etymotic’s Generation Hear initiative. The goal is to create a generation of young musicians and music educators whose enjoyment of music will not be affected by hearing loss or tinnitus.
Who can adopt a band?
The Adopt-a-Band program is available to parents, boosters, band directors, music educators — anyone interested in advocating safe playing and practicing habits for today’s young musicians.
Is Adopt-A-Band only for high school bands?
Supporters can adopt any type of music group. The goal is to protect hearing, so supplying earplugs and information is not restricted to any age group.
If we choose a certain participation level, do we have to buy the same number of ETY•Plugs every time?
Qualified groups can purchase additional quantities of ETY•Plugs in increments of 10.
Can our band be featured on Etymotic’s website and Facebook page?
Absolutely! We encourage sponsors to send images, stats and band website links to the Adopt-a-Band program administrator for posting.
- ETY•Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs and cord
- Educational materials on safe listening levels
- Personal Noise Dosimeter (Levels 2 and 3)
- Music•PRO Electronic Earplugs (Level 3)
- News and updates
The Importance of Hearing Protection
Exposure to excessive noise from drumlines, pipe bands, marching bands, orchestras, and music from a player’s own instrument or nearby instruments can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and permanent hearing loss depending on the duration of the sound.
The human ear overloads at high sound levels, making it difficult to impossible to distinguish the blend with other instruments.
Wearing high-fidelity earplugs makes it possible to protect hearing and actually hear better. That can translate to playing better too!
The good news:
Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.