I shout about using earplugs at gigs, because tinnitus sucks. Almost no music venues provide free earplugs, and I have never seen free earplug dispensers.
But every two years we run @firstname.lastname@example.org, and it has music venues. So I carried out an experiment.
If you need hearing protection I recommend:
👂🏻 ACS Pacato 16 reusable earplugs (£10) - https://www.acscustom.com/uk/products/hearing-protection/universal-fit/pacato-16
👂🏻 ACS Pro 17 custom moulded earplugs (£149) - https://www.acscustom.com/uk/products/hearing-protection/pro-series/pro-17
The £10 ones are stellar, but if you go to a lot of gigs it's worth getting custom moulds made
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