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Postby gingertimmins » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:29 pm

Hello everyone,
I’m in the market for some custom fit ear plugs to protect my hearing from any further damage.
I’m currently using a £20 pair from amazon which has differing levels of protection but the sound is too muffled, I can barely hear the high frequencies of my guitar and I definitely can’t hear my reverb and delays.
Can anyone recommend a company that make something that’s comfortable and attenuates all frequencies evenly (as evenly as possible).
I just can’t play well with all the top end knocked off which is where I currently am.

Cheers,
Chris
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby TheChorltonWheelie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:52 pm

People like ACS are going to be your best bet, but in any regard it's all about the quality of the mould, and how well-fitting it is, rather than the sound hole necessarily.

I don't see any value in cheap "protection", it's never worth it.
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby Luke W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:56 pm

Check out ACS http://www.acscustom.com

The Pro17s have the flattest attenuation, I've got a pair that I use for both playing and mixing live and I wouldn't be without them, very comfortable even over long periods and with a very minimal effect on the sound.
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:36 pm

Another +1 for ACS but the fit is crucial so don't be afraid to send them back for adjustment if they don't stay securely in your lugoles. If I was buying another pair I'd give them a second chance then as for them to be replaced with full cochlear moulds (like the ones you see F1 commentators wearing). I didn't and over a couple of years mine became less secure. ACS were great though with two impressions and three attempts before I decided they were good enough.

I'm mostly retired now and rarely go to loud concerts so probably won't get a new pair as they still function well enough for my needs.

FWIW Boots Hearing Care used to do a 15% discount and I have both ACS earplugs and IEMs from them.
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby gingertimmins » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:58 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone, I’ll definitely check out the ACS ones.
Annoyingly I’d always been ok with the cheaper ones but nowadays they just ain’t cutting it for me!
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:21 pm

I used generic 'triple flange musicians ear plugs' for a while and found them pretty good but only comfortable for half an hour or so, custom moulds are an order of magnitude more comfortable (all day in practice). As I said above make sure you end up with a secure fit, I struggled and though I ended up with something usable I regretted not trying again for a perfect fit, Remember too that they won't last forever, 10 years is probably not unreasonable but your ears will change eventually.
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby AlecSp » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:28 pm

ACS Pro17s for me too. Sadly lost mine after about 6 years use last year. Was on the phone sorting out a replacement pair the next morning, they're that critical for what I do!

You'll balk at the price, but they're completely worth it. Sadly, no Boots discount any more.
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Re: Custom ear protection

Postby gingertimmins » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:11 pm

Thanks for the recommendations people. I’ve just ordered some acs pro17s so hopefully they’ll solve all the problems I’m having. The reviews are certainly stellar!
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