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#261 warwickhunt

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:46 PM

A shameless plug but I have a set of ER15 filters (just the filters obviously) for sale if anyone is looking at changing from 25's etc. :)
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:20 PM

View Postchris_b, on 22 May 2007 - 11:39 AM, said:

Your ears hurt or ring after playing loud music.... you have just suffered ear damage and have lost some of your hearing ability. If you continue you will accumulate more damage until you hearing is severely impaired. This is fact.

Protect yourself. Do it properly, don't skimp; don't think your doing a good job by saving pennies. I have had to start looking for a better solution than foam plugs and I have found it. Check out Advanced Communication Solutions on the web, www.hearingprotection.co.uk. .

These moulded plugs are approx 160 but they cut db across the whole range. They are expensive but they are good, they work and they protect you. You have to get used to the feel of plugs in your ears and the other band members will take the piss, but you might not be able to play in a band in a few years time if you do not do this properly.

Yep, it happened to me. Wear the er15's at mo. still getting used to them, you can change the filters and also add monitor modules to the moulds.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:55 PM

Just to add my ten pence worth, I just got a pair of Etymotic ER20's for less than a tenner and they're fantastic. Takes all frequencies down to a safe level and the standard fit are absolutely perfect. I'd recommend them to anyone. Lovely plugs.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

View PostLITTLEWING, on 15 December 2011 - 08:55 PM, said:

Just to add my ten pence worth, I just got a pair of Etymotic ER20's for less than a tenner and they're fantastic. Takes all frequencies down to a safe level and the standard fit are absolutely perfect. I'd recommend them to anyone. Lovely plugs.

I could not recommend standard plugs. No two ear canals are the exact shape and hence the only safe solution are moulded plugs. (I have been using ACS and am very satisfied.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:57 AM

Had some er15's moulded up and as said before they are fantastic, highly recommended. My only issue I have is sometimes I do feel a bit cut off from everything and can struggle to hear the bass and get the same feeling to my playing. Not sure if I should try the 9db filters in them and see if it makes a difference or not.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:04 PM

Ear plugs will always give you some feeling of being “cut off”. That’s their job. But I find my ER15's emphasis the bass!
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 01:38 PM

My ER15's just got hear.

Heading to a rehearsal in about half an hour for 3 hours.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:15 PM

Anyone tried both ER15 and ER9 filters? I see most people get the 15's but interested to know how they compare in a band situation.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:41 PM

How loud do you play?

15's are good for me and are effective from a whisper to very loud. 9's would not give me enough protection.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:59 AM

View Postmonkeynuts, on 08 January 2012 - 11:57 AM, said:

Had some er15's moulded up and as said before they are fantastic, highly recommended. My only issue I have is sometimes I do feel a bit cut off from everything and can struggle to hear the bass and get the same feeling to my playing. Not sure if I should try the 9db filters in them and see if it makes a difference or not.

Same although some top end seems to be lost more with me I.e. cymbals.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

Just an update for anyone else who may be reading this and thinking of getting some.

My initial problems with hearing the bass and not having the same feel seem to have now disapeared through perservering with them. Maybe I just didnt give myself enough time to adjust to them at first.

I now don't go anywhere without them and like some have said before I actually think they improve the sound you hear.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:22 AM

There is an adage among motorcyclists: The price of your helmet should be directly proportional to the value you place on your head. I think the same adage applies to one's hearing protection, as well. I know this can get very expensive, but I wish I had gotten my ER15's BEFORE both my ears started squealing 24/7! Now, all I can do is try to save what hearing I have left. For rehearsals, I use the ER15 earplugs (and I'm considering getting the 25dB filters). At shows, I use Jerry Harvey JH16 In-ear Monitors. Quite expensive, but TOTALLY worth every cent! I do find that the earplugs separate me from the fun, somewhat, but that adds a little challenge in the rehearsal that disappears at the show because the monitors put the whole band right in my head, which connects me to the music like never before!

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:25 AM

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So i ordered my er-20s through mp3 company online, went to get impressions done but my ears were too blocked! Got them syringed, and asked the nurse if ok for imprezsions to be taken, and got a resounding 'yes!' . Back to the audiologist, and theyre too blocked again! 65%! Going for another syringe but now im nervous they wont as you can see my eardrum and theres increased risk of perferation! Anyone else had this problem?

Got som 20s to tide me over, and may not even get a full refund cause of the audiologist appointments that lasted all of 90 seconds! Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!

Just had mine syringed and they are supposed to be as clear as they can be...arranging for impressions this week so need to keep ears clear with olive oil.

I couldn't believe what stuff came out though.... no wonder I couldn't hear much...!!!

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:31 AM

Some hospitals can use a suction technique to remove wax from ear canals, if syringing doesn’t work, but I think you have to be referred by your GP.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:45 AM

Wax build-up is natural and compounded if you put things in your ears.
Once you have been fitted you need to keep your ears free to maintain the fit.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 03:09 AM

+1 for ER20s, sometimes they take a bit of a wiggle to get a good fit but other than that they're fine. I like the idea of swapping the filters out for headphone adapters though - going to get a set of molded plugs as soon as finances allow....

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:49 PM

I've been using the ER-20s for quite a while and they're great. No problems hearing the bass, but I found that you get an annoying occlusion effect while singing (the booming sound, as if you were underwater) and my voice ends up drowning all other sounds. Are the ER-15s noticeably better than the ER-20s in terms of occlusion?

I also found the ACS Pro-17s, which are supposed to prevent occlusion. Has anyone tried both the ER-15's and the ACS Pro-17s? How do they compare? I'm wondering if they do really work or if it's just a gimmick.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:15 AM

+1 to the ER-20s

Got some this week, great value, great effect too, no sense of detachment.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:27 AM

Aren't the ACS Pro-17's designed for vocalists?

I'd give ACS a call and find out what they recommend.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

View Postchris_b, on 19 October 2012 - 09:27 AM, said:

Aren't the ACS Pro-17's designed for vocalists?

I'd give ACS a call and find out what they recommend.

ACS recommended Pro-17's for me as i do a lot of vocals as well as bass. You can modify the filters if you choose too.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:18 AM

I was using ACS ER-20's. They were OK (ish) but cut some frequencies far more than others, and I was aware of having them in all the time. Our drummer said he knew of a better set he would get for me.

They are called "Hearos" and the model is the "Rock & Roll Series". He got me a pair & they are brilliant - just like turning all of the volume down - they cut 22Db, and are really comfortable & effective - you can still hold a conversation, but they take excess/painful edge off in our reharsal room which is only small.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

Been using custom plugs with ER15 filters for years.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

View PostDrDrill, on 20 December 2012 - 05:52 PM, said:

Been using custom plugs with ER15 filters for years.
I used to work for a Danish Hearing Instrument manufacturer and no matter how many thousands you pay for hearing aids they'll NEVER replace what you've aready got stuck to either side of your head.
+1. its a gamble going with cheap and cheerful generic plugs, i know. I took the gamble and it didn't pay off. Custom plugs are the only way.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

I have spoken briefly with someone about these earplug today and they have told me that they are phasing out the ER15's and are moving to the PRO series, as a result they have recommended the PRO17. Does anyone have any experience with these or has anyone spoken to ACS directly with regards to these recently?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:07 PM

I take my ER20S everywhere I go. Wear them to every gig/practice/club i go to
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

I just use my custom moulded ear plugs that I made if I'm not using my IEM, (which works just as well). I have made plenty of these over the years, for bikers, shooters, snorers, etc.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

View Postgingerfish, on 03 January 2013 - 03:36 PM, said:

I have spoken briefly with someone about these earplug today and they have told me that they are phasing out the ER15's and are moving to the PRO series, as a result they have recommended the PRO17. Does anyone have any experience with these or has anyone spoken to ACS directly with regards to these recently?

Many thanks or any assistant on this.

I have spoken to ACS recently and they are very helpful.

The PRO 17's are probably the best, great for BV's and a great attenuation.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

View Postgingerfish, on 03 January 2013 - 03:36 PM, said:

....I have spoken briefly with someone about these earplug today and they have told me that they are phasing out the ER15's and are moving to the PRO series, as a result they have recommended the PRO17. Does anyone have any experience with these or has anyone spoken to ACS directly with regards to these recently?....

I called ACS to get replacement ER15 filters and they were great to deal with. The filters came by lunchtime the next day!

PRO17's are supposed to be better so call them and ask.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

Cheers guys,decided to go for it so am booked in to get the moulds done soon, will hopefully have them in a month or so.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:12 PM

Hi Guys,
Has anyone tried the Fender touring ear plugs? they have them in my local music shop for £10.99 and was thinking about giving them a go,
I have just had my ears syringed and I want to keep them in good nick now as i am approaching 44 and still have good hearing,, despite all the abuse they have taken over the years :P
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