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Old 06-05-2015, 01:10 PM   #1
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Earplugs?

I've found it necessary to wear earplugs on the last three tours to prevent next-day ringing. Any thoughts on their necessity this time around with the new speaker setup? I'm particularly interested to hear from fans who have worn plugs before... thanks!
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I wear earplugs for every show I go to, and this one was no exception. People have told me it's the loudest arena show they've seen.
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I wear earplugs for every show I go to, and this one was no exception. People have told me it's the loudest arena show they've seen.
Wow, that's unexpected, given the hype about the ceiling speaker array not having to push out as much sound...
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I found at the Vancouver shows that sound was pretty clear but the need for earplugs will vary depending on where on the floor. When I was on the North side near the main stage, volume was fine w/o earplugs. Next night when I was at the e-stage, I needed to put in earplugs.
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I worry that I'm losing a little hearing, because I was super surprised when I heard people say it was the loudest arena show they'd ever attended. I've seen 4 shows (2 in seats, 2 on floor), and did not feel the need for earplugs once.

Should I have worn them? Yes, you should always wear them at a loud concert. Do I? ....
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I always wear earplugs for gigs, though last tour I didn't for the main show as I was never completely in front. This time around, I'm thinking of wearing them anyway. Bought fancy new ones that are supposed to be specially for music so filter better.

What kinds do you guys use?
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I use Etymotics. Etymotic Research | ETY•Plugs® Earplugs

They are fantastic. I've also tried Dubs, and like those as well.

That said, the sound really was fantastic. The vocals especially, were so crisp and clear.
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Should I have worn them? Yes, you should always wear them at a loud concert. Do I? ....
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I use Etymotics. Etymotic Research | ETY•Plugs® Earplugs

They are fantastic. I've also tried Dubs, and like those as well.
Ditto. I have Etymotics ER20s that I bought back on Elevation. They knock down the sound level about 20dB, and the music actually sounds clearer to my ears - and Bono's rants are actually easier to understand (that may not be a good thing, of course).
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For what it's worth, I had no ringing in my ears after not wearing earplugs.
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Wear them. This tour is loud as fuck. The high end is absolutely brutal at times.
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I use Etymotics. Etymotic Research | ETY•Plugs® Earplugs

They are fantastic. I've also tried Dubs, and like those as well.

That said, the sound really was fantastic. The vocals especially, were so crisp and clear.
OH sweet, that's exactly the plugs I just bought for this tour. It's a little early as my gigs are in September but I felt I needed an upgrade from the foam ones I've used for the past 5 years.
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I can't fit them in my ears, they just won't stay in there, same with in-ear headphones.

But I saw plenty of hardcore punk gigs and Dinosaur Jr a few times back in the early 90s, I think I can cope with a couple of U2 gigs especially since going to concerts happens so rarely for me these days.
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Having said that after one Dinosaur show my ears were whistling for two days, it wasn't very pleasant
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I have tinnitus and it sucks. Though mine didn't come from loud music (I don't think, anyway), I definitely recommend getting earplugs. Not worth the risk.
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