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2 Year Review of my EARasers
I bought these mostly because I wanted ear plugs that are discrete, so that when i'm at loud bars/clubs/concerts I don't get weird looks for wearing earplugs. They serve this purpose excellently. I've never had anyone notice them, that i'm aware of.
I find that they are fine to wear for many hours on end, but by the end of the day I'm happy to take them out. So there's some fatigue over time but it's slight. They definitely aren't as comfortable as regular foam earplugs. At least for me. I also realized that really i should have two different sized ones, one for each ear, and its a shame that they don't offer that option.
These definitely don't reduce SPL as much as regular foam plugs. From my guess (I used to audio edit/mix indie films, and I still work in video production today) they cut an a-weighted average of 10 db less than regular foam plugs. But, it's certainly a more even cut of frequencies than regular foam plugs, the highs aren't cut as severely. Where the foam ones would cut 10khz by 40db, these are more like 20db.
At really loud concerts, talking 110+ db, I bring these and some foam plugs, because sometimes these just don't cut enough sound (Yes, even with a good seal). So I swap out the EARasers for the foam ones when it gets super loud.
I really like my EARasers and would recommend them to anyone who wants discrete earplugs and modest SPL attenuation. But they aren't the most comfy and don't reduce sound as much as i would like sometimes.
Came here to leave what feels like this exact review
Their review/evaluation is spot on. Bring foam earplugs for the occasional "turned up to 11!" gigs, but otherwise EARasers hold their own everywhere. Because of their low profile, I'm able to use them for DJing techno on loud soundsytems with headphones (also boosted by a headphone amplifier) and can mix properly. Others popped out too much and my headphones would push them in my ears dangerously deep. Music's still louder than safe, but I get an accurate picture of what the music sounds like to everyone, and for layered/textured techno it's important.
They have a higher noise reduction (-26Db) model which would be awesome.