The world is loud. Real loud.
Since I’ve started measuring (just on my phone), I’ve found myself on streets, bars, and concerts that all have a sound levels that would be considered unsafe work environments. Recently I had a hearing test done, and found that I can’t hear above 16.5khz anymore. Of course some of this is age (37), but I also know that I’ve made choices to stay in situations that were causing long term hearing damage.
For me the answer was to start carrying attenuating earplugs, which I started off using just at concerts and bars, but lately have been using by default when I’m out and about in the city.
I tried an etymotic pair, but right now I’m using Noizezz reds, which are invisible and more comfortable than the etys. They come in a few levels of protection, and a everyone I know that’s tried them has managed to get decent fit.
So-- what are you doing to protect your hearing (and headphone investment)? Any reviews for other protection options? Anyone else wearing earplugs wandering around the earth?