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Musicians Ear Plugs and In Ear Monitors

Musicians and Music Aficionados: We challenge you to protect your ears! Music is a very important part of your lives, and your hearing is integral to your music experience. Let’s protect your hearing and keep your ears healthy for many years to come.  Invest in some musician plugs that keep sound levels in a healthy range while filtering music with a flat response to maintain sound quality. Musician plugs are available in both non-custom and custom models to help meet your needs. 

Stage/in-ear monitors: For the music makers, or music lovers that want the highest quality in-ear monitors or earphones, nothing will sound or feel better than a custom fit. We work with a variety of in-ear monitor companies (e.g. Westone, Ultimate Ears, Sensaphonics, Starkey Tunz) by taking impressions of your ears so that they can make your personal custom-made monitors.

Our Top Ten Tips for Music Lovers!

People with hearing deficits often tell us they miss out on conversations. For music lovers, there is the additional sense of frustration when music no longer sounds like it used to. Fortunately there are audiologists who are music lovers and they have compiled a list of tips for enjoying music with a hearing deficiency. 

  1. Live concerts may be more enjoyable than listening to music at home. Just like lip reading helps you to understand speech, seeing the music performed helps you to "hear" the music better.
  2. When possible, go to concerts where you are already familiar with the music so your brain can help you "fill in the blanks." If you aren't familiar with the music to be played, make an effort to familiarize yourself with it ahead of time.
  3. Some types of music are easier to hear than others. For example, because of the tonal quality, many people with hearing loss find cello music is particularly enjoyable. Try experimenting with different types of music to see which styles and types suit your hearing profile. To get started, log onto YouTube and do a search for a specific song or artists. For example, if you like Classical Music, enter "Bach Cello Suites." Watch and listen to a video clip. Next enter "Mozart Piano Concerto." Listen carefully to the difference between the two types of music. Are you able to hear one better than the other?
  4. Keep it simple! Try listening to solo instruments, solo voices or small ensembles. Just like it’s easier to hear one person talking in a room, it takes less effort to focus on music with fewer instruments or voices.
  5. As hearing changes, it might be necessary to retrain the ears to differentiate between different musical instruments. Go to https://www.thirteen.org/publicarts/orchestra/. Listen to the different sound samples and challenge yourself to train your ears!
  6. If you listen to music frequently, you might benefit from a specific "music program" in your hearing aids. This is a program with settings designed to give the music you are listening to a richer sound quality. Ask your audiologist if your devices have this option.
  7. Make sure that you are also protecting your hearing. If you enjoy very loud, amplified music, depending on your hearing profile, you might benefit from using high fidelity earplugs as opposed to wearing your hearing aids. View our hearing protection selection.
  8. Try turning down the volume of the music you are listening to from the source and then turn up the volume on your hearing aid if necessary. If listening to live music, turn down the volume on your hearing aids in order to prevent distortion.
  9. If you listen to music through headphones from your Smartphone or other app capable device, try using Symphonic Audio’s new application "SoundFocus" which shapes the music to your hearing profile when listening through iPhone or iPod.
  10. Broaden your music listening. The type of music you can enjoy with your current hearing abilities might be different from what you liked in the past. Be willing to experiment. Through trial and error, you will be able to find the best style of music for your current hearing range and lifestyle.