Protect Those Ears: Revisit our acoustic earplug review | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Protect Those Ears: Revisit our acoustic earplug review

I chose blue.
  • I chose blue.
Last year I was fortunate enough to get a pair of custom acoustic earplugs from Central Oregon Audiology. I wrote a review of them and the response from readers was pretty good.

There's a reason for that. They work brilliantly.

Since summertime outdoor (and loud) concerts are upon us, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the benefits of these earplugs. As I stated in my review, they not only protect your ears from the harmful sounds at a concert, they make the music sound richer; more full.

This year I was able to take my pair of earplugs to the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. Since I'm often in the photo pit and on top of the action, I knew that this bit of technology would be a good idea to have with me. The result? Every show sounded great! I noticed people in the front row and other photogs cringing at the high pitched guitar or overstated bass, but not me. My ears were as happy as a clam. I also slept soundly each night in the campground since my ears weren't ringing at all.

At $160 bucks, they can be a bit spendy, but if you're someone who attends a lot of concerts, during the summer or otherwise; they're a great tool that you'll have forever. Provided you don't lose them of course.

Check out a rudimentary video of the outfitting process below.


About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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