My ears ring. Actually, they’ve always had a ring to them. As early as I can remember I had a faint little whistle in my ears any time it got really quiet. As I got older all-ages shows and band practice took hold and my ears have taken a beating. Pretty much every hobby I have is bad on my ears. Motorcycles, music, guns, baby-making … those things are loud!
I’ve been buying the normal foam earplugs in bulk packages for years and they are always fine. But there’s a lot on nuance lost and they eventually get uncomfortable. Today, Engle Motors had their spring open house and had Mary and Gary Droege with Big Ear on site making custom molded ear plugs.
This is something that had been on my TODO list for a long time. These things sit ALL THE WAY in the ear and attenuate the frequencies in a more linear fashion. The foam plugs really dull the high frequencies. On the motorcycle this isn’t terrible, since it’s that high frequency wind noise that really gets your ears, but for other things … I like the balance.
Another advantage here is that these don’t require the awkward “roll up the ear plug, pull the ear up, repeat” action. They slide right in with a twisting motion and just sit there like they’re supposed to.
Right now, I’ve worn them while driving my van and briefly while playing drums. They really attenuate the sound, much better than anything else I’ve used. I’ll be updating as I use these on and off of motorcycles, but the first impression is that these are stellar!