Custom Earplugs: An Expert Review

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Here at Jerry Harvey Audio, we’re proud to offer state-of-the art in-ear monitors that enhance the performance experience for a whole host of musical artists. We spend countless hours researching, testing, and designing our products, to deliver an exceptional user interaction. But it’s not just the musicians we have in mind. In addition to our premier in-ear monitors, we offer the crown jewel of custom earplugs.

Perfect for anyone working in loud environments who hope to retain some level of comfort while on the job, our soft custom earplugs are made-to-order and fit the exact shape of your ears by using the same ear mold process we use for our IEMs. We want you to be able to hear the best quality in sound for years to come.

  • Custom fit means they’re built for your ears and offer the highest level of comfort a pair of earplugs can provide.
  • Connected by a lightweight, plastic chord so your earplugs can be spared from pocket lint and hang conveniently around your neck, easily accessible for use.
  • Offering an average of -26db of isolation, your ears will be sufficiently protected during long exposure to loud music.

If you’re looking for any more motivation to treat your ears to these custom beauties, feel free to read Todd Owyoung’s extensive review of the JH Audio Custom Earplugs. Todd is a New York City based music photographer, internationally published and specializing in live music events. This guy photographs an average of 100 shows a year – meaning he hears a lot of loud music. He’s worn earplugs to almost every show he’s photographed for the last 5 years. Check out his full review HERE.

Here are some of the awesome words Todd had to say about the JH Audio Custom Earplugs…

I will take the maximum amount of decibel reduction I can cram into my ears. With that respect, the -26dB attenuation of the JH Audio ‘plugs sounded like music to my ears.”

“As a result, JH Audio’s custom earplugs are extremely comfortable even for extended use. Hours of wear are not an issue with these custom molded earplugs. They’re as good for music festivals as they are for individual concerts.”

“After using the JH Audio Custom Earplugs for over a year, I am still flat out thrilled with them. Simply, I don’t think I will – or can – go back to regular earplugs ever again. They are just that awesome.”

With two style options- the soft clear or the soft with faceplate color, you can keep your style and protect your hearing. From the loud music junkies to the construction worker- protect your hears to hear no evil.

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Wow!! That’s Loud!

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Alright.. everyone raise their hands who spent the afternoon with either a chainsaw or string trimmer and felt a little “cloudy” or “muffled” afterwards. Yeah, a lot of us. Put your hands down. Now, how many of us have spent the day on an ATV or motorbike in the backwoods and had that “cloudy” or “muffled” feeling afterwards? OK…. put your hands down. Now how many of us  also enjoy listening to music, not just listen, but REALLY listen to the music? Most of us! Did you know you can be damaging your hearing and also hindering your ability to listen to music in a more critical way? Check out some of these numbers below of how loud it can be!

Now here is how long you can be exposed to those levels before temporary damage or hearing loss can occur. Some of these times are VERY short!

8hrs ……………………| 90dB
6hrs ……………………| 92dB
4hrs ……………………| 95db
3hrs ……………………| 97dB
2hrs ……………………| 100dB
1 1/2hrs ………………| 102dB
1hr………………………| 105dB
30min …………………| 110dB
15 min or less ………| 115dB

These numbers should wake ya up a little bit. Mowing the law for more than 30 min can start to cause hearing damage, which could lead to permanent hearing loss… no, that is not a good excuse to get out of mowing the lawn kids, sorry!

So next time you go to take the ATV out or do some yard work, think about what damage you could be causing to your precious hearing and look into some decent earplugs!

How Your Ear Works

Did you get a chance to check out our Custom Hearing Protection yet? If not, get over there! Summer is about here and lots of us are hitting the festival scene or doing some yard work.

If we’re going to talking about protecting our ears and hearing it might be a good idea to start with how our ears and sound interact. Sure most of us have heard the names of the parts in the ear during a biology class in High School, but how many of us pay attention to what our daily lives do to our ears and hearing. Here is a great old skool (AKA 1940’s) video on hearing and our ears. It’s about 10 min in length… oh and the “Chuckie” looking drawing of a boy at about 1:20 in is worth it!

Spotlight on Custom Earplugs

With Summer almost here, most of us are outside thinking about the next big music festival, getting out on the trails with our motocross bike or ATV and some of us are using lawnmowers or chain saws, but most of us are NOT thinking about one important factor, our hearing!

Ever wonder what that buzz was in your ears or why everyone sounds muffled to you after leaving a rocking show?…. it’s called Temporary Threshold Shift and it can lead to permanent hearing loss.

We’ll spend sometime going over these effect, but in the mean time, check out our Musician’s Earplugs (perfect for the musician or concert-goer) and our Soft Earplugs that are great for those noisy days of yard work.

What IS A Balanced Armature, pt 2 The Guts & The Glory

In our last post we touched on what a balanced armature is and how it works. Next we thought we’d get some feedback from Jerry “The Man” Harvey on why he chose balanced armatures over dynamic drivers and how they superior in this application.

So the big debate of which is “better”…. well it really depends on the application. If you think about it who would want a full size headphone filled with 362 balanced armatures to give you the same punch in the low end and warmth in the mids (settle down, settle down, we know some of you are wondering how this can be done…pixie dust!). Honestly it cannot, well and not sound good at least. Balanced armatures NEED a good seal to create the lows and sound stage you desire. That’s where the lows come from, isolation (yet another reason why custom earphones are THE way to go, but we’ll get to that in another post). Just like dynamic speakers are the “go-to” for headphones, speaker enclosures, etc. Those type of applications allow the cone to move and get the air it needs to produce the sound it was designed to do. They just work better in that application.
I mean, who doesn’t want the speaker setup from Back To The Future??!!

One thing you should remember though is, NO ONE can tell you what sounds “best” in that application, better than your ears. Always approach a listening session with an open mind.
Here are some of the pros and cons of balanced armatures and dynamic drivers that we heard from Jerry.

Dynamic Drivers
Pros: Warm mids, good low end response, lower cost
Cons: Low input sensitivity, distort too quick (unless in a tuned enclosure), different response in each ear and no extension above 5k.

Balanced Armatures
Pros: High input sensitivity, repeatable responses, fine tuning possible within a small enclosure, with a dual driver setup dual driver you have a faster response, 3dB volume increase before distortion and the phase curve flattens out over single or dynamic setup.
Cons: cost, requires multiple units to get full, deep base

For stage use, since the goal is to provide a clear and accurate sound, a balanced armature driver would be better since isolation is the name of the game. Blocking out that external sound allows you to hear only what you need to and at a lower, safer volume. (Hence the reason we here at JH Audio use them) With a dynamic driver you need a “vent” for the lows to be produced properly. This “vent” then allows stage, crowd and room noise to effect what you hear. It can also “kill”certain frequencies that need to be added to your mix if possible.

So which is better. Depends on your application, but for ear monitors the clear winner is balanced armatures.

Custom Ear Monitors: “Are They REALLY All That??!!” (Part 3, or revenge of the belt pack)

 So we’ve covered the need for custom ear monitors in our last two posts, when hearing protection is the best solution and some suggestions on which models will help you out as you move along in your music career or with the instrument you play, but you’re probably wondering “Yeah, great, but how do I get the sound to my ears??!!” Magic pixie dust.. duh! Sheesh, everyone knows that!

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Custom Ear Monitors: “Are They REALLY All That?!” (Part 2)

Last week we starting talking about custom ear monitors and if and when they are needed. Quick recap: Does everyone NEED custom ear monitors, no! Should you be using some sort of hearing protection when they are not needed, yes! OK, class is back in session…

Scenario #4: Full-Time Touring Band, But Not ‘The Shizzle’ Yet

So chances are that you have graduated from the $1000, white, 15 passenger van and are now living in the luxury of being crammed into a tour bus with the back-line crew or another band. What? You thought you got your own bus by now… That’s so cute. Things are going well for you. Your fan base has increased nationally and you’re selling some tunes.

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