My Sensaphonics custom ear molds arrived today (ear molds? gross.) and they feel amazing.
On day 1 of NAMM I had my hearing tested and faired well. My hearing isn’t perfect from years of standing to the right of loud drummers. But I’m within a healthy range for a guy my age, maybe even a guy 12 to 16 months younger. Nostalgia for pre-teen hearing aside, I would probably be in a lot worse shape if I never used earplugs.
The main point I want to make is this: Bandheads like me are regularly putting their ears in danger and need protection.
Most parents have no idea. They need to have the talk about protection. Spread the word.