If you're a musician or concert-goer who doesn't want to invest in custom-molded, high-fidelity earplugs, the Hearos High Fidelity musicians' earplugs may be your next best choice. Although you give up a bit of comfort and their noise reduction rating is only 12 decibels, many happy reviewers say they do a surprisingly good job of preserving both high and low frequencies while still damping loud noises.
Limited noise reduction. Hearos High Fidelity earplugs have a noise reduction rating of only 12 decibels, so they're not going to completely drown out loud sounds. Many musicians and concert-goers say that considering the price, these earplugs do a great job of muting sounds without killing the high and low frequencies (and are much better than regular foam earplugs when it comes to still hearing the music -- or conversations).
With that said, these earplugs' limited noise reduction capability isn't enough for everybody, or for the loudest environments -- but if you don't want to buy an expensive set of custom-molded high-fidelity earplugs, they're certainly worth a try.
Not the most comfortable. A few reviewers rave about these earplugs' comfort, but most would beg to differ, saying they're quite large and that the rigid stem keeps the rounded tip from being as soft as it could be. Hearos now offers a small size for those with smaller ear canals.
Reviewers like that you can adjust the earplugs' noise blocking by adjusting the fit: The deeper you seat them, the more noise they'll block. "After you first put them in, there is some slight discomfort, but it's like turning the volume down on the world ... Also, people don't have to yell to talk to you, because you can hear normal speech when wearing these," writes one reviewer at MusiciansFriend.com.
A relatively great deal. At about $12 per pair, Hearos High Fidelity earplugs occupy the middle ground between pricey, custom-molded musicians earplugs and the disposable foam earplugs you can get for 10 to 15 cents per pair. They're meant to be washable and reusable, though, and can last a very long time; one user posting to MusiciansFriend.com writes that he has used the same pair for a year -- not a bad deal for $12.
Hearos High Fidelity earplugs are a runaway favorite here, with a 4.5-star average score after almost 90 user reviews. While most comments are positive, a few users say these earplugs don't adequately reduce the overall noise level enough.
Review: Hearos High Fidelity Ear Plugs, Contributors to MusiciansFriend.com, As of April 2014
More than 80 Amazon.com users give the Hearos hi-fi earplugs a 4.4-star average score. The general consensus is that while they're not comparable to really high-end musicians' earplugs, they're a good deal for the price.
Review: Hearos Earplugs High Fidelity Series with Free Case, 1-Pair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About two dozen shoppers at GuitarCenter.com give Hearos High Fidelity earplugs a near-perfect rating, making them a clear favorite among the earplug offerings. Most rave about how well these earplugs preserve all frequencies, although a few say they lost some frequencies at the very high or low ends.
Review: Hearos High Fidelity Ear Plugs, Contributors to GuitarCenter.com, As of April 2014
About 5 users review Hearos hi-fi musicians' earplugs at EarPlugStore.com. Although they draw some praise, one user points out that their noise reduction rating of 12 decibels is very low.
Review: Hearos Earplugs Hi-Fi Natural Sound Musician's Ear Plugs (NRR 12), Contributors to EarPlugStore.com, As of April 2014