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NPSF™ Are you trying to find a hearing protector you can wear to your church where the music and/or the public address system are too loud for your comfort?

What to Try... ...And Why:
Universal Fit Musicians Ear Plugs We hear this request quite often. Apparently many churches these days use a lot of amplification of sermons and music, such that lots of people find the volume uncomfortably loud. Having to leave your church due to the high volume would be tragic. Fortunately, there are great solutions we can help you find that will enable you to continue to enjoy your church family.

In general, a musicians ear plug will give you exactly what you need in church: the ability to turn down the volume while still letting you clearly hear what the minister is saying and clearly hear the music, just at a lower volume. We offer many choices, but two products we especially like are Alpine MusicSafe Pro and Crescendo Music. The Alpine Musicsafe Pro ear plugs come with three sets of interchangeable acoustic filters that enable you to adjust the volume you hear by simply swapping out the filters. Like all musicians ear plugs, MusicSafe Pro lets you hear everything clearly, just at a reduced volume, and you can change the filters to various situations as needed.

Another good option for your situation is the Crescendo Music ear plugs. These come with two sizes of tips so you are almost certainly going to get a nice comfortable fit, and the attenuation level they provide lets you clearly hear everything but at a reduced volume of about half normal, which is a good general level of attenuation typical of most musicians ear plugs.
Custom Musicians Ear Plugs Though they are more expensive, custom molded musicians ear plugs are another great alternative for turning down the volume on your noisy church services, without sacrificing the ability to clearly and accurately hear the music and what is being said by the minister. In general, if your noise sensitivity is such that you will be wearing your musicians ear plugs pretty much every day, then custom ear plugs are a better option than universal fit musicians ear plugs. Lots of people discover that daily wear of their musicians ear plugs make them a lot more comfortable with their noisy world in general, rather than just at church.

The primary advantages of custom musicians ear plugs over universal fit ear plugs are that they offer more options for different attenuation levels, the quality of sound they permit to pass into your ears is better, and they are much easier to use. Because they are made from molds of your ears, custom ear plugs easily and simply fit right every time you put them in, while universal fit ear plugs need to be fiddled with each time to make sure you have them properly inserted. Custom ear plugs also last for years while universal fit ear plugs are usually only good for a few weeks or months. Our top pick for custom musicians ear plugs are the Westone TRU Custom Musicians Ear Plugs.
Ear Muffs We are often asked to recommend a passive ear muff for use during church services. We do not recommend using ear muffs for this purpose for several reasons. First, they look pretty dorky. Second, passive ear muffs muffle the high frequencies much more than they do the lower frequencies, resulting in unintelligible voices and muffled music that is little more than the bass line. Finally, ear muffs mash your hair and make your head sweat if you wear them for very long at all. All that said, ear muffs will reduce the sound level and they can be better than nothing for those who simply cannot abide anything in your ears. If you do choose to use ear muffs, get the lowest NRR rating and the thinnest profile you can. One model that will let you hear better than most ear muffs that you might consider is the Bilsom C1 Clarity.
Foam Ear Plugs Regular foam ear plugs will also protect your ears from the loud noise, but like passive ear muffs, they will make it very difficult to understand the sermon and totally ruin the quality of the music, so we do not recommend ordinary foam ear plugs for church goers. If you want to use a foam ear plug, you should consider Mack's Acoustic Foam. These unique sculpted foam ear plugs let you hear much better than do ordinary foam ear plugs (though still not nearly as well as do regular musicians ear plugs.) Mack's Acoustic Foam ear plugs are quite inexpensive, so if you are inclined, get a few pairs to throw into your purse or glove box and give them a try at your next church service. They could be just what you need.
Ear muffs for Children and Babies When the music and the PA system are loud, your crying baby can force you to either leave, or suffer embarrassment from all those irritated glances tossed your way by others in the congregation. Neither is a desirable alternative.

One way to help is to put a set of baby ear muffs on your baby to protect him or her from the noise of the services. With these in place, your child can doze comfortably through even the loudest portions of your services. Our top pick for baby ear muffs is our own brand My-T-Muffs. These economical, quality ear muffs fold neatly for easy storage in diaper bag or purse, so you always have them at hand when you need them.

Once you see how well the muffs work to calm your baby or toddler during services, you might just awaken to a whole new set of opportunities you have been missing. All those noisy venues you have been avoiding because you did not want to expose your baby to the noise? Now you can enjoy them with confidence that your precious child's ears are well protected.
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