Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs (Concerts, Musicians, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Sensitivity and Universal Hearing Protection) - Large, Clear Stem w/ White Tip

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Etymotic Research ER20 High-Fidelity Earplugs (Concerts, Musicians, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Sensitivity and Universal Hearing Protection) - Large, Clear Stem w/ White Tip

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She saved up for over a year (chores, lemonade stands, bake sales, etc) so she could move up to an electric guitar! [R]

9 months agoEurynom0s posted submission on pics.
Oct. 1, 2019
9 months agoEurynom0s posted comment on pics.
Oct. 1, 2019

And they're only $20!

I've started carrying them with me when I'm going out to places like loud clubs. It makes being in loud environments so much more enjoyable AND you can actually understand people!

Sound levels and best earplugs for hardstyle events? [R]

1 year, 11 months agonaturallyfrozen posted submission on hardstyle.
July 25, 2018

Hey everyone. I have a few questions regarding sound. I am kinda new to Reddit so I apologise if I am in the wrong thread or whatever...

I have been to a fair few hardstyle events since becoming of age and I fucking love them, best places in the world. Here is a list of places I have attended so far. 2017: Hardbass, Defqon, Q-Base & Qlimax 2018: Qapital Defqon and visiting Q-Base and Supremacy also.

From all those events there were two sets where the sound was truly mesmerising. They were Malice & Rebelion closing Qapital 2018 and I:Gor in the Black stage at DQ 2018. I wore ear protection for both of these sets and I always do due to having pretty much fucked hearing and Tinnitus from abusing my ears with headphones from a young age.

I am curious as to which earplugs are the best because as good as the ones you can buy at events are, they are very expensive being festival/event prices. Any good suggestions for the best ear protection which keeps your ears safe but keeps the sound clarity top notch?

Thanks guys!! Keep the kicks coming :D

1 year, 11 months agonaturallyfrozen posted comment on hardstyle.
July 25, 2018

Etymotic Research ER20 ETYPlug...

This is what I used and it works fine. I've used it for events in small venues here in US and also for big festivals like EDC and Defqon.1.

Miku Expo Dallas - Thanks for the kind words, and another fun concert. :) [R]

1 year, 11 months agoHitokiri_Ace posted submission on Vocaloid.
July 11, 2018
1 year, 11 months agoHitokiri_Ace posted comment on Vocaloid.
July 11, 2018

I was this Kaito, in his Originator outfit. I know I'm a bit late to post anything, but better late than never, ya?

Anyone see us there?

It was a great concert, and another very worthwhile trip. :) I really enjoyed seeing the amount of cosplay, and dedicated fans there. :) The set list was awesome, and some songs really surprised me! I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll keep quiet until the tour is over. Great stuff. <3

As always, I think concerts are crazy loud and everyone should really have some ear protection. I used these, and thought they did the job pretty well!

Thanks for another fun concert Bomb Factory, and thanks to all the fellow fans who had nice things to say. :) I appreciate it!


-Wife was the innocent Miku, friend was Witch Luka. :)

Miku in Dallas! I can't wait until next time. [R]

1 year, 11 months agoHitokiri_Ace posted submission on Vocaloid.
July 8, 2018
1 year, 11 months agoHitokiri_Ace posted comment on Vocaloid.
July 9, 2018

Are over the counter foam earplugs enough for the concert? [R]

2 years agoJune 29, 2018


2 years agomobuco posted comment on deathgrips.
June 29, 2018

This...they can be even less. I think I got these or a very similar pair.

First year wearing ear plugs... [R]

2 years agogive_me_two_beers posted submission on bonnaroo.
June 17, 2018

And I couldn’t recommend them more. I have really bad tinnitus from not taking care of my ears during years and years of shows. This was the first time I ever wore ear plugs during a concert. I can’t tell you how beneficial they were. Nothing sounded muffled or odd at all. I was rail behind pit for Muse and the show sounded incredible without destroying my eardrums. They simply dampen the sound without detracting from quality. I was in the pit and close up for many other shows and they all sounded wonderful. Invest in a pair of plugs (Amazon for ~$12) and you will not regret it. They help immediately and in the long run.

2 years agogive_me_two_beers posted comment on bonnaroo.
June 17, 2018

I bought these and I was very pleased with the quality.

Why are concerts so damn loud?!? [DISCUSSION] [R]

2 years, 10 months agoquantumized posted submission on Guitar.
Aug. 12, 2017

I'm in my late 40's and have been to many concerts over the years. And, as an avid concert goer, I can say that almost all concerts are way too loud. Why?

It's particularly bad with indoor shows at smaller venues. For example, I saw Australian Floyd last night and, like most shows, the sound is so loud that the individual sounds distort.

Why can't they mix the volume down about 20-30%? It would still be very loud and wouldn't be as deafening. I'm certain that the overall sound quality would be better, allowing for better discerning of the individual sounds.

And, yes, I do have ear plugs. We usually try not to use them but after a few songs we put them in and they help somewhat with the volume but change the mix. For example, if they are in far enough then it reduces the highs more than the lows and leave you with an even larger bass sounds that overpowers the rest.

I've found my best experience was a front row show at the same venue as the one last night. Because we were front row we were actually beside/in-front-of the large hanging speakers that provided most of the sound and this left us larger out of the path of the main speakers and hearing mostly the monitors. It sounded phenomenal!

Anyway... why, why, why?

Seriously, is there a reason other than 'this is just the way it's always been done?

2 years, 10 months agoquantumized posted on Guitar.
Aug. 13, 2017

I took a decibel meter to Coachella 2017. Here are some findings. [R]

3 years, 2 months agouseallthewasabi posted submission on Coachella.
April 27, 2017


TL;DR: nowhere is safe. Use ear plugs.

Brief Background:

So a few weeks before the festival I decided to satisfy the curious nerd in me by purchasing a cheap decibel meter on amazon. I've been going to concerts regularly for 15 years now and wanted to try and quantify how much damage I'm really doing to myself with this ridiculous hobby of cultivating live music experiences. I haven't been clinically diagnosed with tinnitus, but my ears ring in any even remotely quiet room, regardless of how long it's been since my last concert. So in an effort to try and quantify my experience, I got a meter.


Not much to say here. Go to a set, use standard methods to find a comfortable spot (wherever it is), and take a reading. I intended to take a lot more readings to get better sampling of different stages, types of music, proximity to the stage, etc, but you all know how coachella goes. It's hard enough to stay on schedule let alone conduct science experiments once you're really in the zone. I didn't get any readings after 5PM really, which is no bueno. I used the image of the festival grounds contained in the City of Indio EIR so that you can get a good visualization of where I was standing in relation to the speaker pillars and the stages. I tried to place the numbers as accurately as I could. 5 and 6 might be a little off, but I made some notes to try and further explain the locations.


If you're right on the rail or below a speaker stack, you could easily be pushing 100 decibels. If you're vibing out in the back, you might be in the upper 80's. I think it's reasonable to assume that if you're actually watching music in any capacity you aren't dipping below 85 decibels. If you're smack dab in the middle nowhere near a stage, it's going to be lower. Probably in the 70's but I didn't take those readings. As a reminder about the decibel scale, it's logarithmic. Every 10 decibels is doubling your perceived volume.

Safety Impact:

Now lets look at some safety information. Two occupational safety agencies have standards for exposure limits to occupational noise, OSHA and NIOSH, which outline the maximum time limits for exposure to workplace noise without hearing protection. In other words, the maximum exposure time before you start doing damage. The NIOSH standard is stricter because it accounts for cumulative lifetime exposure, as if you were to go to coachella 40 hours a week for the rest of your life, whereas the OSHA standard does not. For the purposes of coachella damage specifically I think it's fine to operate off the OSHA standard. If you're going to concerts every single night you probably want to operate off the NIOSH standard.

Here are both standards of exposure limit times.


Let's just look at the two extremes. If you're standing far away at around 88 decibels your OSHA limit is around 12 hours and your NIOSH limit is around 4 hours. You might have some ringing the next day but you'll be "relatively 'fine'" not wearing hearing protection. If you see any music at all not from the extreme back or from within about 100 feet of a pillar (which are going to be any spots where you can actually see) this all goes out the window and you should be wearing some sort of protection. With Nora En Pure at 105 fucking decibels I could have safely listened to music for 5 minutes under the NIOSH standard and for just one hour under the OSHA standard. Now think about how much music you see all day at coachella, and how close you get for some of these sets, and how little time it's actually okay to be exposed to sound that loud. If you're in the Mojave near the soundbard, it's going to be around mid 90's. That's safe for one or four hours depending on the standard. Now take that daily exposure and multiply it by all three days, or six days for the die hards. It is an all out assault on your ear drums.

Protect your ears people. This isn't just being paranoid. If your job required you to attend coachella, your employer would be legally required to provide hearing protection for you as basically everywhere in the festival to watch music is over the 8 hour exposure limit.

3 years, 2 months agouseallthewasabi posted on Coachella.
April 27, 2017

These come with me to every concert, I highly recommend them

The Official "It's my first time going to pemberton, what should i bring/expect" thread [R]

3 years, 3 months agoMoneymaxlo posted submission on PembertonFestival.
March 31, 2017
3 years, 3 months agoMoneymaxlo posted on PembertonFestival.
April 1, 2017

These work best for me, super easy to put in. Amazing sound quality, able to hear everything , and no ringing ears afterwards.

You do NOT want Tinnitus! [R]

3 years, 3 months agoRocko9999 posted submission on headphones.
March 30, 2017

Writing this from my local health centre. About a week ago I suddenly started getting ringing in my right ear. It came out of nowhere, and i was trying to figure out why it appeared. I hadn't been exposed to any loud sounds other than my usual iem usage and desktop speakers. The next day I assembled some Ikea furniture and was able to somewhat ignore the constant distraction in my right ear.

However at some point, it suddenly became overwhelming. At some point your brain kind of realizes there's no way to escape this constant irritation.

At that moment, I realized my life would never be the same. Seriously, it was as if everything changed. It was unbelievably horrifying. Imagine everything you care about, interests, hobbies, loved ones. And in an instant you no longer have any interest in any of it.

The next few days were horrible. Waking up i might be spared the intensity, but you can still hear it in the background just waiting to take over, and plunge you back into the nightmare full force.

When i first got it, the terror was so real. No joke, dead serious, if someone asked me, an able-bodied 31-year old, if I'd amputate both legs right then and there in exchange for silence again, I'd do it, no questions asked. It's not easy to compare it to something else. It's the worst thing I've ever experienced.

Now for me, it looks like the cause was an infection causing general problems including auditory sensitivity and tinnitus symptoms. Yesterday was the first day in a week where I was able to go to sleep and feel normal again, only having the "normal", for me, low-level noise that seems intrinsic enough that it doesn't catch your attention at all. Hopefully this will be all clear in a few more days at most.

I will never be the same. I will treasure each moment of silence. I will keep IEM usage to a minimum. I will use speakers at lowest possible comfortable volume.

Take my word for it. Do everything you can, all the time, always, to keep playback volume at an absolute minimum. If you think you found the perfect volume, drop it to half of that.

I myself read these similar warnings before. But I never fully understood. You can't, until it happens to you. Until you've had the thought " I can see why people have committed suicide because of this, it seems perfectly reasonable" go through your head, you don't know.

Please lower volumes as much as possible at all times, no exceptions. You'll have to trust me, because you sure as hell don't want to know first-hand.

Take care!

Edit: And for any current tinnitus sufferers, you have my full complete understanding. Hopefully research will progress and a reliable relief method found in the close future.

Edit2: Thanks for the interesting stories and for sharing your experiences in this thread. It has helped put things into perspective, really appreciated!

3 years, 3 months agoRocko9999 posted on headphones.
March 30, 2017 These are a godsend. At concerts, its amazing how much more enjoyable the music is with these.

Anyone else not wear earplugs? [R]

3 years, 3 months agowithextracheese posted submission on electricdaisycarnival.
March 29, 2017

I know its probably stupid in the long run but I've tried earplugs and it feels like i'm muffling the sounds and don't have the 'full' experience. and also my friend says earplugs are for pussies

3 years, 3 months agowithextracheese posted on electricdaisycarnival.
March 29, 2017

Do yourself a favor and stop being a fuck boy.

I learned my lesson after two events of ringing in my ears and not being able to sleep for 2-3 hours after those events. I've used these for over 8 years of events (club, massive, musical festival, etc.) and they're great. There are different sizes on the side bar.

What are some overall, general, but uncommon health tips? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoDec. 7, 2016


3 years, 6 months agocalifornia_dying posted on AskMen.
Dec. 7, 2016

MY DUDE! Ear health is very important to me too. I use these bad boys. I take them out as I leave the show and it was like I wasn't even at a rock concert. If you put them in right, there is very little effect on the sound, just some minor high end roll-off. I don't think you can get much better unless you have custom fit plugs which are ridic expensive.

I fucked up fam. Anyone know where I can get some ear plugs in the downtown area? [R]

3 years, 7 months agophamily_man posted submission on grandrapids.
Nov. 22, 2016

I'm going to the Flosstradamus show tonight, I've already taken the bus downtown and left my ear plugs at home. Floss will be a lot of fun but tinnitus is scary as shit. Anyone know where I can get some in the downtown area so I don't have to run back home?

Thanks GR reddit fam!

Got ear plugs at The Intersection for a dollar. They're just cheap foam plugs, but if you're desperate they'll work. It sounds like you can get the same thing at The Pyramid Scheme.

PSA: Use ear plugs when attending concerts. Many people (including myself until recently) don't realize how prevalent tinnitus is.

3 years, 7 months agophamily_man posted on grandrapids.
Nov. 23, 2016

>Glad you realize how real tinnitus is.

Like I said, it's all because of a Reddit thread I saw a few months ago. I didn't even know what tinnitus was before that, so I'm very glad I stumbled across that thread.

Thanks for the link. I'm using these and they do a pretty decent job of blocking frequencies in a balanced fashion but they're not perfect. Still much better than foam but I think I'll try the ones you linked as well.

How do I limit max. volume to 85 decibels [R]

3 years, 8 months agoBrutalAttis posted submission on Windows10.
Oct. 16, 2016


I tried to use Google, I really did :P

I'm looking for a way to limit the maximum possible volume output on my pc to 85 decibels to protect my ears. I love to listen to loud music, but sadly have gotten myself a Tinnitus...

I would like to prevent further damage by having windows not allow my sound to get over 85 decibels.

I was hoping to find a setting, or maybe a software, but it's like impossible to find. Most people are actually more interessted in making it louder.

I don't need it to make quite sounds louder. All I want is to either limit it completely where it can't get over 85 no matter what I do, or have windows warn me if I should go over it while listening to music.

Could someone please point me into the right direction? There must be a way to do this without having to buy hardware, no?!

3 years, 8 months agoBrutalAttis posted on Windows10.
Oct. 18, 2016

Perceived volume is a huge issue, also when exposed to loud music for a period of time, you start perceiving it is not so loud anymore. The cause for Tinnitus is not just loud music or hearing dmg. Sinusitis or just old age will cause it too ... tinnitus may clear up on its own, or never. Sinusitis especially can cause allot of fluid build up, and equalizing the ear pressure often may help. Devices used to measure exact decibels are expensive and wont work for example for headphones.

My rule of thumb is always to listen to music/movies/games as soft as I can hear and be selective to what I choose to listen to louder and pick my exposure duration.

Going out to clubs or movies, these fit on a key chain and are great:

Etymotic Research ER20 ETYPlug

LPT: Temporary fix for Tinnitus [R]

3 years, 8 months agoRocko9999 posted submission on LifeProTips.
Oct. 13, 2016


3 years, 8 months agoRocko9999 posted on LifeProTips.
Oct. 13, 2016

As someone who suffers from Tinitus, I never go to a concert anymore with out my ER20 plugs. The are clear and hardly visible when full inserted. I just wore them to a 3 hour Guns N' Roses concert that was so loud, the vocals were inaudible-popped these in and the sound was perfect. The best part is after the show, no ringing(more than I have normally), no damage. The buddies I went with had ringing/distorted hearing for 3 days. I got the white tips. They even make a smaller version ER20XS, but the sound is not as good as the ER20.

Should I get hearing protection for concerts? [R]

3 years, 11 months agoAnatomy_Park posted submission on Music.
July 14, 2016

I know some people who go to concerts all the time need hearing protection to stop tinitus, but is it necessary if I'm only going to two concerts with around a 1-2 month gap in between both?

I don't mind short term damage, so if the only problem will be the next night I don't mind.

EDIT: I'm looking at something like this. Anyone got any recommendations?

EDIT2: Thanks everyone. I'll get myself a pair and I'll do my best to judge during the show how much I'll need them.

3 years, 11 months agoAnatomy_Park posted on Music.
July 14, 2016

...I'm no expert, but these have worked perfectly fine. (if you decide to go with them, make sure to pick the right size)

Anyone use earplugs for TL? Recommendations? [R]

4 years agoandrecvnt posted submission on Tomorrowland.
June 9, 2016

I've seen and heard of people using earplugs at festivals, and was wanting to get a pair for TL. We are going to Ibiza for a week after the festival, so I am wanting to protect my hearing. What are the best brands, and types of earplugs for festivals and mega clubs? Any recommendations?

4 years agoandrecvnt posted on Tomorrowland.
June 9, 2016

This one is very good. And they have different size, which is a plus for since I have big ears.

I'm a server at nightclub in New York City. How should I keep my ears protected? [R]

4 years, 2 months agoclearybuzz posted submission on WeAreTheMusicMakers.
April 8, 2016

I usually wear the 3M Classic foam ear plugs.

Are these good enough, or should I get something more professional? It's always loud as hell. Even with the earplugs, it seems to be quite loud, although not in a way that's painful.

4 years, 2 months agoclearybuzz posted on WeAreTheMusicMakers.
April 8, 2016

these work great. just makes everything quieter but it does it evenly so you can still hear clearly once you get used to them.

Getting tinnitus is no fun. Can anyone recommend good ear plugs, preferably ones I can get molded to my ear in the UK? [R]

4 years, 5 months agojordood posted submission on audiophile.
Jan. 27, 2016
4 years, 5 months agojordood posted on audiophile.
Jan. 27, 2016

These came highly recommended. Wear them to all the shows I go to and I have definitely experienced a sense of relief in the morning-after. No more ear ringing. No more pain.

One of the items in this year's welcome box: Earplugs. [R]

5 years, 4 months agoclimbon321 posted submission on Coachella.
Feb. 24, 2015
5 years, 4 months agoclimbon321 posted on Coachella.
Feb. 24, 2015

These are the ones I've been happily using for a few years now.

I am talking to a friend, and between us, stands a loud, bursting speaker pointing at him. I cannot hear him. What is happening to his speech's sound-waves? [R]

5 years, 10 months agotherationalpi posted submission on askscience.
Aug. 13, 2014

It happened a couple of days ago, and I am still wondering what truly happens.

I am standing in front of my friend. Between us a speaker pointing towards him, full-volume and bursting sound. I cannot hear his words, which tells me the sound-waves being emitted from his vocal cords are being cancelled by those emitted by the speaker. How, why?

Thank you!

5 years, 10 months agotherationalpi posted on askscience.
Aug. 13, 2014

In truth, nothing is happening to the sound waves. Sound waves, even loud ones, are so low in pressure compared to ambient that they follow the rule of superposition. That is, the sound field generated by two sources together is equal to the sound field from the first source plus the sound field from the second. The only exception is shockwaves, which wouldn't apply here (unless you both went deaf from the experience and the sound coming off the speaker sounded like a series of intense explosions).

The real issue is masking: your ability as a listener to distinguish one sound from another. Because the sound you are trying to hear (your friend's speech) is at a lower level than the noise (the music from the speaker), you have a poor signal to noise ratio. This makes it much more difficult to resolve the signal and hear your friend's speech. The fact that the speaker is between the two of you also makes this worse, because having two ears normally lets you spatially separate sources (improving the effective Signal-to-Noise ratio). However, because the sound is coming from the same angle, your brain can't get that extra boost from listening in only one direction.

In other news, if the sound was really so loud that you couldn't hear your friend, you were definitely suffering permanent hearing damage. I highly recommend wearing hearing protection in the future. These Etymotic earplugs have a flat frequency response, so they'll reduce the noise level without hurting the sound quality. In fact, because the hearing system goes non-linear at such high levels, it will actually make the music sound better because it won't be distorted (think of an overworked subwoofer "bottoming out"'re doing that to your ears). As a side benefit, in my experience it's also easier to distinguish sounds in a noisy environment with the earplugs in, so you might have been able to hear your friend with them.

Things to bring to Vegas for EDC? [R]

6 years agoJune 5, 2014

I've got some obvious things like my kandi, sun shades, sunscreen. Changes of clothes, like two pairs of jeans and two pairs of shorts, along with swim shorts. I'm also getting a few disposable cameras to give to friends :) What are some other things I'll need? I made this post because I almost didn't realize how crucial swim shorts would be, given that I'm staying at a hotel.

6 years agoajs2294 posted on electricdaisycarnival.
June 8, 2014

I'd recommend spending a few extra bucks and getting these;

They are fantastic! They make it sound almost identical to not wearing earplugs just quieter.

earplug for EDC Vegas :D [R]

6 years agojackbauer1989 posted submission on electricdaisycarnival.
June 5, 2014


i will be going for edc vegas this year. im just wondering: which earplug should i use? 12db or 20db (these are the only noise reduction kinds that i found in my local music stores) ? would 20db earplug really really really reduce the musical experience? i find it when i went for raving or clubbing, my ear always ring the next day.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

6 years agojackbauer1989 posted on electricdaisycarnival.
June 5, 2014

this one:

Question about going to The Rave. [R]

6 years, 6 months agoDec. 9, 2013

Hey /r/milwaukee, I'm planning on going to the first day of the Big Snow Show 8 at The Rave with my girlfriend. We are both 17, what should we expect ? Any tips or stories you have?

6 years, 6 months agonemmy25 posted on milwaukee.
Dec. 10, 2013

Get some concert ear plugs - hearing damage is permanent and going to shows at the rave contributed to some low grade tinnitus for me.

The neighborhood is sketchy around there - paying for parking is a fair idea.

Expect to get patted down, but it's not the airport so you wont have to take your shoes off.

How Much Do You Guys Get Paid? [R]

6 years, 7 months agoLuthier93 posted submission on livesound.
Nov. 9, 2013

I realize this is a slightly sensitive topic for some people, but as a High School student wanting to do live sound for a career, it's worth finding out how much I can expect to be paid. So, per year, how much do you get paid for an entry level job? As a top dog, how much do you get paid per year? And how much is the absolute max of what you can expect to earn in a year doing live sound? I realize that the money isn't everything, and enjoying your job is much more important. However it is something. Thanks for any answers in advance.

EDIT: This is only somewhat related, but how does audio engineering compare in terms of hours and pay? Also, what other branches of audio should I be looking into?

6 years, 7 months agoLuthier93 posted on livesound.
Nov. 9, 2013

Well, I always keep a pair of these on my keys. They're not the best, and the same brand makes some higher end ones, but they drop the dB quite a bit and the frequency response curve (how much they affect certain frequencies) is pretty good for the price. If you want to be paranoid, like me, plug your ears when sirens go by, avoid construction work, and plug your ears in subways as the train comes up. Basically, pay attention to your ears. If it seems uncomfortable, even momentarily, plug your ears! Hearing preservation is all about paying attention to your surroundings. So, for example, when you see that one stupid kid who decides that popping a huge balloon in your ear is a great idea, be ready for it. Be aware, too, that something doesn't have to be loud to exhaust your ears. Prolonged listening to music, or a mix, can be physically exhausting and the more exhausted your ears are, the less accurate your work, and the more dangerous it becomes. Don't feel bad for taking a moment with your headphones off, or to step outside. By the way, when plugging your ears with your fingers/hands, fold in the Tragus. It lowers the dB by ~30dB and is much less likely to be bothersome.

Edit: In relation to ear exhaustion, don't be too worried about it, just be aware of it. You can tell when your ears begin to fatigue.

If you haven't noticed, a lot of what I'm telling you comes from understanding how your ears work. The ear drum, middle, and inner ear are all relatively passive sensory devices, but there are active muscles inside your head that aid your ear in protecting itself, equalizing pressure, and other essential things to making sure the ear does what it's supposed to do. Take some time to look into how the ear works. Besides, it's always fun to see the shock on your doctors face when you know what they're talking about, haha.

Couple questions of preventing hearing loss [R]

6 years, 8 months agoOct. 24, 2013

Since this isn't talked about very often and I think it's a pretty important topic to discuss I figure i'd ask a couple questions on it and ask you guys what the best ways to prevent damage is.

Firstly, i'm a drummer in a post-rock band, and while we're not metal we can still get pretty loud and intense sometimes, so are any of you guys drummers that also produce? And if you are, how do you prevent damage to your hearing? A lot of times when i'm exiting the stage I have noticeable ringing and things like that, which I know are a bad sign.

Secondly, I really enjoy going out to shows and seeing my favorite Dj's like i'm sure a lot of you guys do as well.. So how do I prevent damage from the insanely loud systems and whatnot? I've heard about wearing ear plugs, but I still want to be able to hear the music well and have a good time, so is it at all possible to take preventative measures, but not wear ear plugs?

Lastly, I like to listen to music while I sleep.. It's like the only time I can really listen to songs and take note of the arrangements, sound design, etc.. It also blocks out a lot of the noisy sounds that go on around my dorm room. I try to keep the volume fairly low and I wear overheads as opposed to earbuds, but could I still be doing damage by listening to music while I sleep?

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

6 years, 8 months agomalinosky posted on edmproduction.
Oct. 24, 2013

[Contest] RAoA, what basic task/thing are you really bad at? [R]

6 years, 9 months agodragonblade629 posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 5, 2013

This contest is closed.

I have come to admit as an adult that I will never be able to play basketball, use an umbrella without injuring myself or others, or tell my left from my right without making an 'L' with my left hand. Join me in my inabilities! What can't you do?

You have until Sunday night at 7:42PM (CDT) to enter at which point you can either point me in the direction of something $5-10 on your wish list, or let me surprise you. There will be 2-4 winners and I DO have prime.

If I can't choose and decide to use reddit raffle, include the phrase "umbrellas suck" in your post.

Congratulations to BallyVagina and Selkiee for being just as uncoordinated as I am....

6 years, 9 months agodragonblade629 posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 6, 2013

I'm the same way with my directions. If I don't make the L, I'll probably turn right. Maybe I should second guess myself.

Also, handwritting. Nothing feels worse than turning an assignment into your high school teacher and they ask "What does this say?" and all you can reply is "...I don't know."


[contest] I'm bored. [R]

6 years, 9 months agodragonblade629 posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 6, 2013

This contest is closed. Winners post shortly.

Link me something you want me to gift you. I'm also indecisive so I don't really know what I feel like gifting, maybe tell me something about what you are linking. I'll gift randomly through the day and close this around 4pm, edt.

PLEASE PLEASE Check ALL of your wishlists for addresses. I can't believe how many I have come across that don't have them. It annoys me greatly when I want to gift you and I can't. Please stop annoying me, gifting is supposed to make me happy, not annoyed.


6 years, 9 months agodragonblade629 posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 6, 2013

I need musician's earplugs, For my health.. I frequent metal concerts and am a member of the marching band, you see.

[CONTEST] Had an interview today! Time for y'all to win something! [R]

6 years, 10 months agodragonblade629 posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 28, 2013

This contest is closed.


**WINNER: qqpugla! :D**

Hey again y'all! :D

I had an interview (within my company) and I'm feeling pretty good about it! I'll find out Friday whether or not I got the new job! :D

Also, been writing a book, so things are going awesome!

In turn, I think its about time I pass on some AWESOMENESS!!! :3


Simply post a video! It can be awesome, hilarious, anything! ((Can be NSFW, don't matter to me!))

Feel free to include an item or two from your W/L in your post!

Prize will be around $5-10 (INCLUDING SHIPPING! No prime...).

Winner will be selected randomly!

CONTEST WILL END FRIDAY NIGHT!!! Sorry for not adding that earlier. >_<; I want as many people to enter as possible!

Good luck y'all, and keep on being awesome! :D Y'all ROCK!

[Contest] There's nothing like a clean car! [R]

6 years, 10 months agoGhostOfTheNet posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 23, 2013

Contest closed.

Winners are rosie__ for guessing $5.25 for the wash and GhostOfTheNet for guessing $1.75 for the vacuum. Your items will be gifted by this evening! Thanks everyone for playing!

We washed and vacuumed the car today! Silly me decided to make it a contest!

There are 2 prizes.

  1. Guess the amount we spent on washing the car. We were at a do-it-yourself car wash. Amounts must be in .25 increments. Link to an item on your wishlist that you would like to win that is under that amount (with shipping, I don't have prime). Closest without going over wins their item.

  2. Guess the amount we spent on the vacuum at the car wash. Again, amounts must be in .25 increments. Link to an item on your wishlist that you would like to win that is under that amount (with shipping, I don't have prime). Closest without going over wins their item.

    In case of tie, use raffle phrase "oh, sparkly!"

Good luck! Contest ends at 2:15pm (US EST), in about 3 hours.

6 years, 10 months agoGhostOfTheNet posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 23, 2013
  1. $9.50
  2. $1.75
  3. Thank you for the contest, and oh, sparkly!

Why we should wear earplugs at concerts... (crosspost from /r/foodforthought) [R]

7 years agoNormalVector posted submission on Metal.
June 13, 2013
7 years agoNormalVector posted on Metal.
June 14, 2013

Can anybody comment on these? Specifically the sizes and how well they work. They aren't too expensive but I'd like to not have to buy a second pair if the first is too small/large. I've noticed some ringing recently (not terrible, thankfully) and I'd like to try some good earplugs.

I'm young and about to hit my first festival in late June, any advice on how to have fun and not be one of "those kids"? [R]

7 years, 1 month agoYobby posted submission on EDM.
May 12, 2013

First off, EDM is my thing. I love it. Everything about it. I started to dab in it around 3 years ago, and my love for it has only gotten stronger.

I just got confirmation that I'll be attending Digital Dreams Festival ( in Toronto, Canada with a few buddies. Keep in mind that I am a 16 year old male, as are my friends. I'm ecstatic to hit such a large event for my first time, but I constantly hear complaints about teenagers being pains in the ass and acting like idiots, bringing down the good times that others have. Besides basic common sense, how can I ensure that I will have a fun and safe time, while still raging to the music?

Any tips and do's/don'ts are appreciated. Thanks! :)

7 years, 1 month agoYobby posted on EDM.
May 13, 2013

Eh, not really for weed. Anywhere else is likely to crush the joint. I put all in my joints into a bag and that into another bag. When I got in, I threw out the nasty bag and kept the clean one. It wasn't too bad.

Wear shorts and tank/t-shirt/whatever is comfortable. Accessories aside from what I listed are gum if you plan on taking MDMA (gum is a good ice breaker either way), something to make sure your valuables are kept safe (pockets, bags, etc. that you can seal) and maybe some kandi and glow toys, if you're into that.

I would highly recommend a pair of good earplugs. I was recommended these, which allow you to hear people talking within your vicinity. They were ~$15 shipped to Ontario (clear, large size).

They sell DD merchandise inside and other vendors have booths set up if you want to blow cash on novelties.

Lemme know if you have any other questions.