[JPL] hearing protection

Jeff Turton jturton at comcast.net
Thu Mar 31 10:56:03 EST 2005


The Ear Inc website is a good place to start for basic protection but 
what I did was to visit a local audiologist. These are doctors who 
specialize in hearing related issues and they can do the custom mold. 
It's also good to get your hearing tested (since we are getting older 
and our business depends on our ears) . Also depending on your health 
care policy, you may even get this taken care of for a sizeable 
discount. The person I have been seeing over the years was recommended 
by a couple of local musicians, so you might want to query some local 
players as a place to start. I've noticed a lot of musicians are now 
paying closer attention to their ears so it's a good resource. Also a 
local music specialty store might be a good place to start. I know a 
couple here have some very good generics available and some sell the 
custom molds .


On Mar 31, 2005, at 9:09 AM, Bradley M. Stone wrote:
> Biz,
> Thanks so much for posting this on the JPL.  I was about to write and 
> ask
> Bobby and others where they got their custom ear plugs.  I've been 
> using
> some of the "off the shelf" protective ear devices, but the notion of 
> having
> a custom pair appealed to me.  After attending hundreds of concerts, 
> as well
> as having played in a couple of bands back in my college days, I feel 
> very
> fortunate indeed to still have excellent hearing.  I'd like to keep it 
> that
> way, just in case I end up living into my 80s - music is just too 
> important
> to me (as I know it is to everyone else on this list!).  If anyone 
> else has
> any contact information on how to get a custom pair made, please post 
> it!
> Brad Stone
> San Jose
> My two cents worth, too:
> The subject line may seem like I'm trying to be humorous, but 
> protecting
> ones ears is a serious matter. I'm just trying to call attention it. 
> I've
> played in several high volume groups as well as countless listening
> experiences as an audience member. I've been using ear valves since
> 1970-something. I'm not sure of the company carrying/making them now, 
> but
> they were called Norton Sonic II ear valves back in the day. They've 
> got a
> fairly soft rubber outer shell with three flanges and a metal cylinder
> contained inside. The cylinder is removable so the rubber part can be
> washed. There's a baffle system in the cylinder that closes off when 
> sound
> pressure becomes too high. Otherwise they stay open so air (and 
> good,tasty
> sound) can pass right thru. You can even hear someone whisper when 
> wearing
> them. I used to test them by having my trumpet player start playing a 
> few
> feet away and walk closer ending up blowing right next to my ear....NOT
> recommended, but they worked like a charm. I could feel the baffles 
> close
> and thus, did no harm at all. I bought my latest pair several years 
> ago at
> a chain sporting goods store in the gun department. They're most likely
> still available at any gun shop as target shooters use them as well as
> the  earmuff type of protection. They're great on stage and as an 
> audience
> member (some people tend to look at you funny if you put on earmuffs at
> concerts.)
> I just did a quick Google for them and here's a place to
> start:   <http://www.earinc.com/p1-filtered-sonicvalve.php>
> Yes, there are no doubt better products out there and that link even 
> lists
> some, but these do work and have saved my ears more times than I can 
> count.
> I take a set with me to ALL concerts, now. As the boy scouts say: "Be
> prepared."
> Still Hearing After All These Years,
>     Biz

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