When I worked live sound in Nashville there was at least on venue (which no longer exists) that had a gumball machine type dispenser of good quality earplugs for about 25 cents a pair. I had a friend who worked for 3M who would send me a case of industrial grade earplugs each year. I would hand them out to band members, friends, or anyone who needed them. One time my cousin came down for a show. As we were leaving the house I said "Hold on, you'll need some protection tonight." He got this really shocked look on his face, and then just grinned when I handed him a package of earplugs.
H.E.A.R. IS a phenomenal organization. They always have a booth at AES and NAMM to offer free hearing tests and earplugs. A friend at Clair Brothers got his molded earplugs through one of their programs.
My father, father-in-law, and wife have congenital hearing loss, so I am always aware of my hearing (since things can get noisy around them when they don't have their hearing aids on.)
John H. Bondurant
Sound Preservation Archivist
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From: Michael Biel [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: The Loudness Wars - NPR story
I do remember a couple of times entering a venue where there was a big
punchbowl filled with packets of the foam hearing protectors. They were
the flesh-colored (politically incorrect description, sorry) type that I
find are not as good as the bright green type because the former do not
re-expand enough fill the ear canal. However, I find using a half
square of crumpled soft toilet paper or part of a soft tissue is very
efficient for me. Cotton, by the way is USELESS because it freely
passes high frequencies. I don't know where it got a reputation for
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
Gary Powell wrote:
>> It's sparked my girlfriend and me to discuss the possibility of
>> starting a non-profit vendor of hearing protection for concerts of
>> that sort.
Lou Judson wrote:
> Check this ut for inspirations:
From: Gary Powell <[log in to unmask]>
> Phenomenal! Thanks! GP