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Can Musicians Play Confidently with Hearing Protection?

What Makes Musicians Earplugs High Fidelity?

Musicians Earplugs™ buttons have a diaphragm which functions as an acoustic compliance, while the volume of air in the sound bore of the custom earmold acts as an acoustic mass. The combination of the two produces a resonance at approximately 2700 Hz (as in the normal ear), which results in smooth, flat attenuation.

  • ER-9 Provides flat 9-dB sound reduction through the mid range and 15 dB in the highs
  • ER-15 Provides uniform 15-dB sound reduction across frequencies
  • ER-25 Provides 25-dB relatively flat sound reduction across frequencies

Benefits, Features, and Tips

Musicians Earplugs™ are custom high-fidelity earplugs developed by ETYMOTIC over 20 years ago, following president Dr. Mead Killion’s participation in a noise study for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They are still the highest fidelity of any earplugs available. Musicians Earplugs are a custom product, made individually for each user. They can be purchased from licensed hearing professionals, like us!

Musicians practice and perform in a variety of different settings. They are exposed to high levels of sound, sometimes for long periods and may require different amounts of protection depending on sound levels encountered during rehearsals and performance. Some musicians use one type of attenuator in one ear and one type in the other, depending on the source and location of the sound.


  • Reduces sound levels evenly so that music and speech are clear and natural, not muffled as with other earplugs
    Reduces risk of hearing damage for many noisy occupations and noisy venues, such as airshows, parades, athletic events and motor sports
  • Enhances the music experience for audiences while protecting hearing
  • Lets musicians hear their own instrument and their blend with others


  • 3 levels of sound reduction: 9 dB, 15 dB and 25 dB
  • Interchangeable buttons
  • Custom ear molds require ear impressions


  • Regular use of these high-fidelity earplugs while practicing, performing and listening to music will protect hearing from the cumulative effects of overexposure to loud sound throughout life.
  • A little time may be required to acclimate to these earplugs. Many musicians report that they hear their own instruments better, as well as the balance with those around them.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

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Harmful Sound Comes From:
ER-9 ER-15 ER-25 ETY* Plugs
Small Strings x x x Own instrument, other strings
Large Strings x x x Brass
Woodwinds x x Brass, percussion
Brass x x x Own instrument, other brass
Flutes x x Percussion
Percussion x x x Own instruments, other percussion
Vocalists x x x Own voice, speakers, monitors
Acoustic guitar x x x Drums, speakers, monitors
Amplified Instruments x x x Speakers, monitors
Marching bands x x Multiple sources
Music Teachers x x Multiple sources
Recording engineers x x Speakers, monitors
Sound crews x x Speakers, monitors

Ref: Chasin, M.: Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss. Singular Publishing Group

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Sensaphonics is the SMART CHOICE: In-ear Monitoring

As the only custom earphones manufacturer founded and operated by a practicing audiologist, Sensaphonics is uniquely qualified to provide safe, high fidelity audio for those who work in loud environments. The ProPhonic 2X-S is the first and only custom-fit product to use soft gel silicone, resulting in a more comfortable fit and greater isolation. As a result, artists can hear their monitor mix more clearly at lower volumes, allowing longer safe exposure times. For this reason, the 2X-S has become an industry standard for sound quality, comfort, and dependability, with hundreds of client users ranging from the Dave Matthews Band and 50 Cent to Prince and Willow Creek Community Church.

In 2006, Sensaphonics introduced another first in the music industry – the 3D Active Ambient custom IEM system. The 3D Active Ambient actually allows artists to hear the ambient sound around them, naturally and with accurate directionality, while still retaining the full benefits of isolation that custom earphones provide. This product was engineered specifically to answer artist complaints against IEM systems, allowing them to hear their band-mates and the audience without removing their earphones.

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