The most important benefit of wearing earplugs as a drummer is to reduce the noise level. Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can lead to hearing damage, tinnitus and permanent noise-induced hearing loss.
Don’t believe us? Just look at the long list of music artists with tinnitus – from Dave Grohl to Lars Ulrich, there are plenty of drummers who’ve irreparably damaged their hearing.
And it’s not just your own instrument that you need to worry about. If you play in a band, the amplified sound from other instruments and speakers will be particularly loud.
Using earplugs will reduce the intensity of sound that reaches your ear canal, helping to preserve your hearing.
Earplugs are also a great way of getting into the zone when you’re playing. They reduce distractions from external noise, helping you to focus on what you’re playing, whether during practice or when performing. Plus, using earplugs to reduce the overall volume of background noise can help you to hone in on the individual sounds when drumming, from the hi-hat to the cymbal, which can help you to improve your performance.
But of course, you don’t want to drown out all noise. It’s still important to be able to hear what’s going on around you, so you can tell if you’re in time with your bandmates, communicate about your set list – and, of course, hear your adoring fans cheering you on.
The best earplugs for drummers don’t block out noise. Instead, they filter sound waves so that you can still hear everything that’s going on on stage or in the practice room – just at a lower volume.