As someone that goes to 10+ concerts a month, it is very important for me to protect my hearing. I love going to concerts and it’s something I plan to keep doing it for a long time . For me to do that, I need to make sure my hearing still works years from now.
A PR rep recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out a pair of Earpeace earplugs. They use a silicon & plastic design very similar to to the design Etymotics use for their earplugs. I own a pair of Etymotics but find that I can’t wear them for long periods of time. They bother my ears and become uncomfortable at a certain point. I didn’t have that problem with these Earpeace earplugs. The silicon is soft and very comfortable. I wore them at recent gigs by U2, Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello and the sound was lovely at each gig.
Earpeace differentiates themselves from the Etymotics with the stems of their earplugs. Instead of long plastic stems on the Etymotics, the Earpeace earplugs have smaller stem which makes them a bit more incognito in your ears. This is a big deal for some people, but not me.
The main thing about these earplugs is that they don’t work like the foam pairs you buy at the club merch table for $1. Instead of muffling the sound, the Earpeace’s reduce the sound evenly so you will still hear the music just fine. From the Earpeace website:
When used properly, EarPeace reduces sound pressure by 75% while maintaining sound quality. The Federally required Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is the offical measurement of this protection. EarPeace has a rating of 11 to 17 decibels. This means that 80% of people will get more than 11 decibels of protection and 20% of people will get more than 17 decibels of protection. This range is due to many variables such as ear canal size and following instructions. If users carefully follow the instructions they will get more than 17 decibels of protection across the sound spectrum and significantly reduce the chance of hearing damage in loud environments.
Another big plus for me was the metal carrying case. It’s larger than most cases, but that means for me, it’s easier to find in my camera bag or grab out of my pocket. I have tons of earplug cases laying around y apartment and in my camera bags, but this case stands out from the rest. It’s the little things, you know?
These are great earplugs. Definitely the most comfortable pair I’ve worn. I’m probably going to pick up another pair or two so I’ll have some backups when I inevitably lose this pair.