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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon December 14, 2012
I've had my Etymotic ER20's now for almost two years and in that time have been to several shows and a Formula One race. What a difference over the foam plugs and the silicone swimmers plugs I also used to use for concerts.

The response reduction isn't flat, but when you can still hear the sibilance of cymbals and hi-hats clearly you know you've got a great product.

IMPORTANT - follow the instructions, these things need to be pushed in to the last rib so that you hear the same in both ears. You'll be tempted at first to slightly pull out the one that sounds like it's more quiet, but this is incorrect, you need to push in more the one that is louder! If they're not in all the way you won't get the advertised reduction and you may also find them to be uncomfortable and hurt your ears. The sound will be better when they're pushed all the way in. When you first start wearing them you'll be tempted to fiddle with them, don't do it! Allow yourself to acclimatize, you'll soon not notice they're in. Additionally you might first think they're too quiet, they're not...again acclimatize! You'll know when you leave a show without whoosing and saying "what?" that you made the right choice.

WARNING - I have had tinnitus for over 2 years now, it is NOT fun. Too many concerts culminating in an Alice in Chains show in 2009 that I forgot my earplugs (swimmers) for and ended up really close to the stacks. I'm so mad. You don't notice it at first when it creeps in although I did because I hate the temporary ringing anyway even though it was really quiet...but it slowly keeps building up and building up. If you love listening to music, and I don't mean at the gym while working out with crappy in ear buds and lossy iTunes but rather if you love kicking back and closing your eyes and REALLY listening to music, tinnitus is incredibly depressing and causes a lot of anxiety.

After over 2 years I've acclimatized but it's a terrible condition to have and I'm determined not to let it get worse. I have ordered a second pair to keep in my car in case I ever forget my earplugs at home. It's that important to have them for every show and/or sporting event from now on.

But yeah, for this price and the fidelity you still get, 5 stars is a no brainer. Thank you ER for this amazing product.
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on May 16, 2013
These earplugs deserve the good reviews and ratings they've gotten on here. I wore them to a recent concert, and the sound with them on was amazing! The sound wasn't muffled, or too quiet - things still sounded good, and I didn't feel like my ears were being constantly pummeled. No need to take these ones out for the good songs, like I usually do. Plus, the earplugs get rid of the distortion you hear with your naked ears from really loud sound. You do have to push them kind of deep into your ears, which feels weird at first, but it's all part of the design. Also, my friend told me she couldn't see them in my ears, so now I can go clubbing without going deaf or looking like a dork. Bonus!
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on December 20, 2012
I have fairly small ears so I was worried about the fit on these but they were great!

I used these all night at a club and did not wake up with ears ringing like I normally would. Great product!
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on January 12, 2013
These ear plugs are the best for live music. Unlike the yellow foam/malleable rubber/flange tip construction earplugs, they don't change the actual sound very much. They just make everything quieter.

- excellent sound reduction without changing sound of music
- good value
- comes with case with keychain ring

- they come in two sizes and it's hard to tell which one to get... these are supposedly the ones that for "most" people but I found the larger ones had a better fit for me [regular sized woman] - the website isn't helpful in this regard, it says that the size of your person cannot determine the size of your ear canals and you should basically order these and hope they ft
- the fit takes some getting used to - they're like putting in higher-end headphones (like shure or etymotics) - you have to shove them in pretty far and twist them around to get a good seal - I don't mind this because I'm used to it from using shures but my sister did not like this at all

- highly recommended for anyone who goes to a lot of live shows and cares about preventing hearing damage. I lost my old ones and immediately replaced them right away.
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on February 17, 2014
After much research on the subject, I can confidently say that these earplugs have saved my ears from devastating damage on many occasions, and I own a number of pairs to always make sure I have them on hand.

As a self-described raver, I have, over the years, subjected my hearing to damage from shows. Since wearing these, I have noticed that not only has the bedtime ringing completely gone away, but the occasional daytime ringing I used to get has gone away.

Besides the obvious hearing protection, these are fantastic for any kind of show. Every sound I wanted to hear, that I paid a lot to hear, was unblocked. These do a wonderful job of blocking the harmful sounds, while letting what you want to hear through. From small venue acoustic sets to massive EDM shows, I have put these through their paces dozens of times and they have consistently impressed me. I won't even think about going to a show without these.

My only gripe is that I have lost a couple of the plugs when they were hanging off the included strap. I initially solved that by superglueing them to the strap, but I have now stopped relying on the strap and just put them in my pocket when not in use. They have never accidentally come out of my ear, even when dancing my hardest.
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on April 9, 2013
As an audiologist I highly recommend these! Just sounds like you turned the volume down, not muffled. Seems like they're not working until you take them off and you realize how much louder it sounds! Very economical alternative to custom musicians plugs.

Also comes with good information about exactly how much, and what frequencies, these plugs attenuate. The noise reduction rating on other products is very misleading and this is therefore highly appreciated.
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on August 6, 2014

Other than sizing, it was pretty good in minimizing the concert noise to an acceptable level. I used to get ringing after concerts but with these earplugs, I didn't feel them the next day! I wear them to concerts, clubbing and festivals. As a girl, with long hair it covers them but it's pretty subtle and not that noticeable.
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on June 26, 2015
Great product. I have been using these to go to clubs, concerts, and raves for years now.

Not that noticeable in a dark setting (club, concert, etc.)
The case is handy
Reduce sound level by 12db
last forever

Kind of irritating to wear all night
the advertising leads you to believe that it reduces the sound level by 20db (which is awesome) by the nrr is 12db

These are great but 12NRR is a a very big difference from 20NRR. IF you go to a club or EDM show the noise level will probably be louder than 100db so with a 12NRR you are at about 88 which is above safe level. There are a lot of variables such as speaker distance, length of exposure, frequency of attendance to keep in mind. I feel if you frequent these loud events then use foam earplugs. If you only go to these things once in a while then you will be fine with these. I go a couple times a month to dj shows and I use foam earplugs.
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I absolutely love those earplugs. I was sceptic about them but the amount of great reviews convinced me. They really are great at keeping the clarity intact while providing a great amount of volume reduction. I use them for when playing live music, using loud machinery, etc. They fit perfectly and are comfortable for long time uses. The only downside to them is you can't use them for sleeping - or at least I can't. For other uses, these are so much better than the crappy foam ones.
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on February 25, 2014
They really just turn down the volume!

I've used generic foam earplugs before for riding my motorcycle, and those work perfectly, but when I found myself wearing them to loud music venues the foam plugs simply distorted the sound too much.

With these earplugs, I still hear every frequency crystal clear, just as a lower volume. I was amazed at how well these things work!

A must buy for any music enthusiast!
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