Earplugs for drummers

Whether you’re a pro or play as a hobby, drummers of all levels can agree on one thing: drums are loud. 

In fact, they’re one of the loudest instruments out there, reaching sound levels of anywhere between 90 decibels and 130 decibels. The average rock concert is 104 decibels – and at that level, it can take just 7.5 minutes before potential hearing damage can occur, if you’re not protecting your ears.

So if you’re playing a gig without hearing protection, it could take just one song before you run the risk of seriously hurting your hearing. 

But it’s not just drummers playing in bands who are at risk. The noise of drums doesn’t discriminate! Hearing damage can happen regardless of your level or where you play. There’s only one thing for it, really: protect your ears with drummer earplugs.

Benefits of earplugs for drummers

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.

Our earplugs for Drummers

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Why Loop Earplugs are the best earplugs for drummers

Loop Experience earplugs are designed with music lovers in mind. They filter sound waves, thanks to a patented acoustic channel and mesh, keeping the sound quality clear while reducing the volume. They offer up to 18 decibels (SNR) and 7 decibels (NRR) of noise reduction, or a further 5 dB if you opt for the Loop Experience Plus.

And when you reduce that volume, you’ll be protecting your ears from hearing damage, and the infuriating symptoms of tinnitus. But because you can still hear everything that’s happening, you’ll be able to fully embrace the experience.

Plus, they’re designed for comfort, so they’ll feel good to wear even for mammoth practice sessions. The ear tips are made from super soft silicone and come with a choice of ear tip sizes so you can find the perfect fit for you. Pop them in and they’ll stay safe and secure in your ears for hours on end.

And what’s more, our earplugs are reusable. So say goodbye to sound-blocking foam earplugs, and say hello to comfortable earplugs that you can wear again and again in any situation. Whether you use them to take the edge off and calm your pre-show nerves, or to get some peace and quiet in the tour bus, drummer earplugs are your new best friend.

Keep the rhythm going – with earplugs

One of the best ways to protect your ears is with drummer earplugs. But the wrong kind can be a problem.  

Dave Grohl suffers from tinnitus and hearing damage. He doesn’t wear drumming ear protection.  


“The problem that I have with it is that it removes you from the natural atmosphere sound…I have little…ear holes and those things, when I put them in, they just pop out. And I don't want to look like a praying mantis with these things all over my head. I wanna go out there and go nuts."

Musicians like Dave (and you) need earplugs with the right features – which is exactly why we designed Loop Experience Plus. They: 

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Sound good

They mimic how your ears function so you get natural sound, at a safer level too. No muffled music for you. 

Look good

You won’t “look like a praying mantis”. Loops are discreet, have a stylish ring design and fit neatly in your ear. You can wear them with confidence.

Feel good

These earplugs won’t pop out, whether you're performing on stage or headbanging in the crowd. With Loop Experience Plus you get ear tips in different sizes, so you can find your perfect fit. They’re extremely comfortable too.

We think Dave would approve (if he knew about us). 

  • “Practicing drums with the Loop Earplugs has been great. They actually stay in my ears.”

    - David G.
  • “These are THE ONLY ear plugs I want to wear anymore. The music actually sounds better and isn’t deafening. I’ve sent them to everyone I come across. They’re incredibly comfy.” 

    - Sara Y. 
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Live life at your volume

You take care of the drumming; we’ll take care of your ears. Keep playing and do what you love.

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100 days free return

Try them for yourself. And if you don’t like them, you can give them back within 100 days for free.  

But we know you’ll love them. And if you’re Dave Grohl’s buddy, get him a pair. Sounds like he’d love them too. 

Frequently asked questions

What earplugs do drummers use?

There’s a wide choice of earplugs musicians can choose from, but the best drummer earplugs filter sound waves rather than blocking them. That means that sounds are still crystal clear – just at a lower volume.

Should drummers wear earplugs?

Drummers are exposed to loud noises for prolonged periods of time when rehearsing and performing – which can put them at risk of potential hearing damage. Earplugs can help to keep your ears safe while you play.

Do professional drummers wear ear protection?

Many professionals use hearing protection during rehearsals and live performances, to protect against hearing damage and tinnitus.

What are the potential risks of not using ear protection while drumming?

Drums are loud – so if you don’t wear hearing protection, you could run the risk of hearing damage, hearing loss and tinnitus. That can impact on your performance and ability to determine nuances between sounds.

What are the benefits of using earplugs specifically designed for drumming?

Using earplugs specifically designed for drumming rather than traditional foam earplugs will protect your hearing as well as ensuring the sound quality is still high, and not muffled.

How do earplugs enhance sound clarity and reduce distortion while drumming?

Loop Experience earplugs are made to filter sound waves rather than block them out. That means that sound stays clear and distortion is reduced across all frequencies.

Can earplugs help prevent tinnitus and hearing damage in drummers?

Loop Experience earplugs offer sound reduction of up to 18 decibels (SNR) and 7 dB (NNR). By reducing the volume you’ll be protecting your hearing and reducing the risk of hearing damage and tinnitus.

Why is it important for drummers of all skill levels to use ear protection?

Drumming isn’t just a hobby – it's a way of life! So you want to make sure that you can still play for years to come, by reducing the risk of hearing damage.

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