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The Best Hearing Protection for Summer Concerts and Outdoor Events

These premium ear plugs help ensure you can enjoy concerts for years to come.

dBuds Ear Plugs

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It’s been a long time coming, but the light at the end of the tunnel is here. As the pandemic winds down, it’s time to start thinking about concerts again. And not a minute too soon, if you ask us. There’s nothing wrong with listening to music at home (especially if you use our favorite stereo speakers), but it just isn’t the same. With new tours and festivals being announced every day, the return of live music is exciting news to just about everyone. That is, everyone except your eardrums.

Live music and sporting events can do serious damage to your hearing, so it’s always a good idea to use hearing protection. In addition to preserving your hearing ability, ear plugs can actually help you hear music more clearly. When a concert is so loud that the music starts to sound like static, ear protection lets you hear the songs the way your favorite artist intended.

You may have worn disposable ear plugs in the past, but it’s a great idea to invest in some high quality reusable ones. After all, hearing damage is serious business. Your ears deserve more than a little piece of foam to protect them. Plus, quality ones look a lot cooler and will save you money over the long run. Check out five of our favorites.

Vibes High Fidelity Ear Plugs

Vibes makes the most discreet ear plugs you can find, and the hearing protection is top notch. The adjustable ear plugs come in three sizes to fit any ears, but they are practically invisible to observers. They’re so comfortable, you might even forget you’re wearing them!

dBud High Fidelity Ear Plugs with Two Volume Settings

These high tech ear plugs let you customize how much noise gets filtered out. The Open setting lowers background noise without affecting the voices of people around you. It’s perfect for when you want to have a conversation in a noisy club. And when you really don’t want to be disturbed, the Closed setting lowers every sound evenly. And despite all that, dBuds are electricity-free, so you never have to worry about batteries or charging.

Loop Experience Noise Reduction Ear Plugs

These silicon ear plugs are extremely soft, so they’ll keep you comfortable while reducing noise by 20 decibels. They’re not easily hidden, but why not make a fashion statement? You should be proud of protecting your hearing!

Fender Musician Series Ear Plugs

If you’ll be experiencing summer concerts from the stage, Fender makes great ear plugs for musicians. For only $9.99, they reduce noise by 27 decibels. That’s more than a casual concert goer needs, but if you play loud instruments or score a lot of front row tickets, you should definitely check these out.

Flare Audio earHD 360 Music Edition

Ready to have your mind blown? These specialty ear plugs improve sound quality by actively guiding sound waves towards your ears. Rather than just filtering out excess noise, they enhance the listening experience by preventing your ears from distorting the music. You can wear them at concerts, but they’re just as useful at home with your favorite record. They make a great gift for the music fan that has everything, but if you need more ideas, check out our picks for the most comfortable headphones.

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