Product Reviews for Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)shanie f BelfermanJune 9, 2014it was easy to make the impression.. the final product feels like the perfect fit.. could not be happier with this product!!!
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)steph812May 28, 2013After a hassle trying to make the impressions at home (I would recommend having them professionally done), I was told that my ear canals were too small for the type of filters I wanted. I was disappointed, although I am quite pleased after having a chance to use them in a challenging environment (Mahler 5th Symphony with the trumpets directly behind me). While they are not as easy/fast to get in and out as the one-size fits all high fidelity plugs I was using before, I am happier with the performance of these. I got the 25 dB filters, and quite honestly, I wish 30 was available. I still thought the volume was a little loud at times. I am a professional bassoonist, and hearing loss is an occupational hazard. I am happy with the results, but if I could do it over again, I would probably go to an audiologists office to have impressions made, and a consultation about which ear plugs/filters would be best for me, rather than accepting a compromise (because of my small ear canals) without being fully educated about the options.
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)zacHApril 2, 2013I am so very glad I finally sprung for these ear plugs! I kept trying to justify the price to myself for years, as I drummed in a plethora of different-style bands. I finally caved because I was tired of being at a show (my own or someone else's) and trying to easily remove and re-insert my foam earplugs. Really not easy to do once they're warm from being in your ear! I did try some cheap rubber flanged ones as well, but I found them to be very uncomfortable... and both options seemed to muffle sound quite a bit. The Westones are doing an excellent job in pretty much every respect: I got them with a connecting cord, so they're incredibly easy to pop in and out without worrying about losing them; they're molded to my ears, so they're quite comfortable (especially with the Slic-Sil coating, which I'm also glad I chose); and even with the 25db filters (the maximum blockage offered), I really do feel that the music around me is quieted without being nearly so muffled. I am hearing the vocals and other instrumentation much better through the drums now. I am considering getting an extra pair of less-blocking filters for when I do solo guitar performances, but for my drumming gigs I'm quite pleased with the 25s. I'd also mention that I did open-mouth (bite block) impressions because I sing sometimes as well; If you're not at all planning to sing I would do a closed-mouth impression, as the plugs will be more comfortable in general that way. A closed-mouth grin does feel sort of weird with mine in, but it's certainly not painful or anything. Finally just wanted to say thanks to the site for being so helpful! I was really nervous about doing my impressions and getting everything shipped, but the customer service was very friendly. Get a friend to help you with impression making and it will be way easier than you have built it up in your head! I watched a lot of videos before and that helped me a lot. :) Thanks guys!
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)Jon LandyOctober 11, 2011These plugs are great! I have tough-to-fit ears apparently, and these are the only plugs I have ever used that are comfortable after the first 15 minutes of wear. I have tried all manner of plugs- foam, swimmers, wax mold, bell-shaped, and none has ever been comfortable after the first 15 minutes. The tine bones in my ears would get very sore, and I would inevitably end up removing the plugs (and then paying the price in ringing ears). The sonic fidelity of the filters on these plugs is great, too. It is hard to describe, but when the dB level is evenly reduced, you don't feel like you are missing any of the music. Most regular plugs simply suppress way too much of the harmonic spectrum, making you feel like you are listening underwater. As a player, I don't know how I got by without these for so long. Also, the customer service at Earplugstore is fantastic! Even after carefully following the directions for making the ear impressions, I was unsure that my impressions were adequate. I simple took pictures of them and submitted them by email, and within a few hours got the reply back that one of them was definitely not usable. The rep then asked me how many more kits I thought I would need to fix the issue and get a good mold (which she explained how to do in detail so I would be able to correct the problem) and then sent them to me at no extra charge. I cannot rate their customer service any higher! Excellent vendor, excellent product! If you are a musician, spend the money and save (what's left of) your hearing, and get these plugs. I got the 15 dB filters and they work just fine for me, and I play in a fairly loud rock band.
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)CraigMay 10, 2011This is my 2nd pair of Westone Ear Plugs. Got the -15db filter, and they are fantastic. I leave the gig without having my ears feel as if they were "assaulted". Making the impressions was simple, with a little help from an assistant, and the service from the Earplug Store was excellent! 5 Stars!!
Westone Style ES49 Custom Musicians Ear Plugs (FREE Impression Kit + FREE Shipping Included!) (One Pair)Marc DanaDecember 3, 2010I've owned a pair of these with the 9db filters for two years. I can't say better things about this product. They prevent me from walking away from rehearsals with a headache. They don't detract from what I should be hearing, infact they actually improve my ability to hear the middle voices which can get lost in my groups due to instrumentation. They take a little getting used to when I'm playing my horn, but nothing that can't be practiced through.