Best Earplugs For Singers
Some famous musicians Ozzy Osborne, Eric Clapton, Will.i.am Pete Townsend, Neil Young, Phil Collins, Grimes, and Chris Martin. All of these people have hearing loss in some way. They may not all be vocalist, but the cause of the problem, being exposed to loud music constantly is the same
I have written articles about earplugs for musicians before, however when you are the vocalist in a band, you still need earplugs, but your requirements for these plugs are different than say the drummer, so what are you looking for in earplugs for singers?
For example, the drummer can wear foam plugs, but these would not suit the singer as much
Recommendations for the best earplugs
Earasers High Fidelity Musician’s Ear Plugs
These are my pick as earplugs for singers. They are reusable and should last years if taken care of. They come with a carrying case to keep them safe.
These are the best given the price, which is a very reasonable $39.99. This works out much cheaper than the disposable earplugs after a few months. These plugs are less noticeable, and better for the environment.
These earplugs have a 19dB protection rating, meaning that the noise is reduced by 19 decibels. Due to the unique filter in these plugs, the high-end and low-end frequencies are not lost, which can happen with a lot of the other earplugs.
These plugs also conform to the canal of the wearer. Using smart seal technology, it conforms to the shape of any wearer’s ear canal.
They do come in different sizes:
- Small. For women and younger people (ear canal approx. 0.75cm wide)
- Medium. For adult males and people with a standard size ear (ear canal approx. 1cm wide)
- Large: For adult males – (ear canal approx. 1.25cm wide)
Below are my recommendations for best musician earplugs for singers based on price, from low end to high end.
Why do singers block one ear?
Why do singers put their hands on one ear, or even block one ear? This is because the singer is rarely performing alone, there is usually a band with them, playing loudly or a backing track that they are singing too.
This music can be so loud that the singer cannot hear their own voice well, to harmonize with other singers, or to sing in tune with the music. Blocking one ear, or partially blocking the sound to both ears allows the singer to prevent some of the noise around them, and as you hear your own voice differently, they can now listen to themselves.
Wearing earplugs for singing will do a very similar thing. But as they are in your ears for the whole performance, they will protect your hearing as well
Will wearing earplugs for singers improve my singing?
Yes – as in the above question, professional earplugs for singers will allow you to hear yourself better, without blocking and stifling all of the music
They have the following advantages for you as a singer in a noisy environment
- Develop better pitch
- Hear the band, and your vocals better
- Hear your bandmates talk
- Save your hearing.
Conclusion – earplugs for singers
There are no downsides to having earplugs for singing, it will save your hearing in later life, and may actually improve your singing. For such a small investment, it has to be worth it