Earplugs Question

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zappadons
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Going to a few of the shows in the UK next week, anyone got advice on decent earplugs for these sort of gigs.

Ears will take a good battering I would have thought - better to be on safe side!
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Ahh... a person after my own heart.

I take a range of plugs. From Hi-fidelity Hearo's to some industrial strength (I think these are rated at 33db) plugs. I usually find what works best at the venue so I don't miss the music. I also usually take enough to hand out to my friends and those around me.

Even though I love Steve's music. I love the ability to hear even more. and since hearing loss is cumulative, I highly recommend you throw 20 or 30 bucks at some plugs...

Also, it's important to install them correctly. The directions state how, but the general trick is to reach over your head and pull your ear up toward the sky when you stick the rolled plug in.

HTH :)
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or you could take the Paul Gilbert option!

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please guys give me the in and outs of the plugs, i go/see/hear many gigs, hardly ever felt the need for plugs, enlighten me pls. thanks
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Well, sooner or later your hearing may come to be impared, so that's why plugs are good
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Hey almost 50, have been seeing/living/hearing gigs (up close) for approx. 30 years, dont think i have a hearing impediment yet... so why are the earplugs important for Mr. Vai, i have seen/heard him before, the thought never arised to wear earplugs...
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Well, not that I'm some expert, but I think that your hearing would become impared after 50


Or maybe youre lucky + Im stupid
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haha so only a couple of month and i can start packing? No thats not how it works, specially when you got men like Steve Vai touring... but thanks for the info anyway.. will simply go to the gig wednesday and not carry earplugs as usual... any women on this forum i was wondering? seems to be only guys.
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I can answer that question for you (even tho i'm not female) There are girls on her just not quite as many as guys.
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diplomatic answer man! I can asure you, there are girls that appreciate the man just as well as you guys, i suppose we dont come out that much... but you will be hearing me on wednesday in the Melkweg/Amsterdam, with all respect ofcourse..
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Hearing you? Like in the crowd?
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haha youd have to shout fairly loud! loud enough to give yourself hearing problems! :wink:
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So where can I pick up decent earplugs for the gigs?
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zappadons wrote:So where can I pick up decent earplugs for the gigs?
Not sure where you'd go in Scotland. Most larger music stores carry an assortment of plugs... so do hardware stores.


e.g. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/home/navigation?q=hearos

Things to look for are the ratings. They're rated on how many db they cut when installed properly. So if you're at a show, and it happens to be about 132dB - and your Hearo's cut 32dB (nice math eh?) then your listening to a net of 100dB. Your ears will be the best judge, and there's tons of info on the net regarding the subject (what dB levels may cause hearing loss, etc).
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Zeds.Ded wrote:or you could take the Paul Gilbert option!

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I think Paul wears headphone because has some hearing loss :(

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