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Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Frost Tip


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  • Available in standard size for smaller ear canals, large size for larger ear canals
  • Low cost, ready-fit hearing protection with cord and case
  • Replicates the ear's natural response
  • Sound quality is preserved, speech is clear, not muffled
  • Noise Reduction Rating - 12 dB
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Etymotic Research
  • Model: ER20-SMCa
  • Color Name: clear
  • Item Weight: 0.05 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.8 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015WJQ7A
  • Item model number: ER20-SMCa
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 21, 2007

Product Description

Hearing loss from exposure to loud sound affects millions of people. Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. And it's easy to prevent. ETY-Plugs were developed to provide low cost, one-size-fits-most high fidelity earplugs that can be used in a variety of noisy environments. The goal of the ETY-Plugs design was the same as Etymotic's famous Musicans Earplugs: to reduce noise but preserve sound quality; in effect, to turn down the noise but not muffle voices, environmental sounds, or music. These high-fidelity earplugs are effective or anyone who needs to hear accurately in noise: attendees at concerts, clubs, other loud performance venues; aircraft personnel; construction workers; industrial workers; medical/dental workers; workers in environments with loud music such as concert halls, nightclubs or bars; emergency vehicle personnel; athletes; participants in motor sports; truck drivers. Each purchase includes high fidelity earplugs, black cord, carrying case, and instructions. Easy to carry in your purse, backpack or pocket. Available in standard size for smaller ear canals or large size for larger ear canals.

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Customer Reviews

My ear canals are very different in diameter.
Elizabeth
And for music, these really are a no brainer as you can enjoy the music at concerts and protect your hearing since the sound is still true - just softer.
Amazon Customer
I also use them when driving with the windows down because it takes away the background noise of wind blowing and keeps the car music clear.
et cetera

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Davidson on March 16, 2009
I have a brain injury and as a result am extremely sensitive to light and sound. I have a pair of regular sized and baby blue size ear buds. I LOVE THEM. I wear them anytime I leave my house (and anytime it's a bit noisy in my house) I can hold conversations in loud restaurants and groups and I don't get headaches or tired as quickly. I even wore them to Vegas and I can't tell you the difference these little babies made for me. My ears were a bit sore after the second or third day of wearing them for days on end, but other than that I am extatic with my purchse and would recommend them to anyone!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Werner Humdinger on March 22, 2009
I got these hoping that I could use them when mixing at especially loud shows. I got them in the mail three days ago and I've brought them out twice now. They definitely alter the sound significantly and I won't use them for anything but punk rock.
Frequencies are cut unevenly as is shown on the reading material which comes with the plugs... and the chart only goes up to 8k. I think that highs above this are cut significantly more than others and the lows become significantly more muffled than the highs- which losses the attack of the kick and bass more than a guitar for example.
I did find that by playing with them and pulling them a little further out than I would normally wear plugs that the low's had more definition but that the highs were still cut unevenly, plus I doubt that this got me more than a 5 db overall gain reduction. Still though 5 db is something, especially where high volume is concerned (a 5db cut at 100db is a significant larger reduction in actual power compared to 5db at 90db since db is logarithmic). I would wear these to see shows and probably even as a musician... but I will have to find another way to protect my hearing at work.
Everyone under 20 years of age who is interested in keeping their sensitivity to frequencies above 10k sharp should always wear these in live environments... the rest of us should as well if the show is above 95 common db and we can get away with it. If you are at a loud show for a long time and you can barely hear your friend shouting right next to you, you can be sure that you are permanently loosing your sensitivity to certain frequencies. So take care!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Veggeberg on June 3, 2009
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These are the smaller size version of the hearing protection plugs. These hearing protection plugs are marketed as offering 20 dB sound reduction at all frequencies. I tested them with measurement grade microphones on a HATS (Head and Torso Simulator - artificial head) and found they meet or exceed this specification overall. Most hearing protection devices attenuate the higher frequencies more than the lower frequencies making speech and other sounds muffled. These offer fairly equal broadband attenuation which is more like simply turning the volume down rather than turning down the "treble" settings on a stereo. I was considering a "musicians" ear which is a custom set of earplugs with filter to attenuate broadband sound, but cost much more. The only disadvantage is that they stick out somewhat from the ear. Come with a nice case and string to keep them together as a pair.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bruneau on March 30, 2009
At today's live music events, the sound engineers are criminal. They are permanently harming every member of their audience with each event. How this hasn't been addressed in legislation is beyond me. It doesn't have to be hard rock music either. It's everything.

But they won't be harming you if you wear ear plugs. And if you wear Etymotic ear plugs, you won't be missing out on any of the music.

Foam earplugs protect fine, but they don't make a level reduction across the audible frequencies. These are a much more level reduction and the music will sound great.

The only difference is that your ears won't be muffled or ringing from permanent hearing damage after the show.

These "baby blues" are for smaller ear canals. I have a giant head but for some reason I have small ear canals and these are great. A few minutes after insertion I get a kind of itchy feeling in my ears which is solved by lightly tapping on my ear right next to the plugs. Then a few minutes later, I don't feel a thing and am in comfort for the rest of the show.

Don't be an idiot, buy these.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kathy tang on October 26, 2008
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+4 for effectiveness (dropping decibels)
+1 for value for your money (vs the personal molded earplugs)
-1 for aesthetics (the little stems make you look a little dorky but you can easily recognize other ety wearers- hi there!)

I use these in club/blasting music situations on a weekly basis. They seem to fit fine, don't fall out, and I can still hear ppl speaking/yelling as well as the music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2010
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Yeah, I bought both sizes--the standard size first. And boy was that a mistake. I found that I had to shove them painfully into my ears to get the maximum level of sound reduction. Still, I like them enough that I decided to buy the Baby Blues.

And they fit perfectly on the first try, effortlessly.

I'd recommend that you purchase these Baby Blues FIRST before stepping up to the Standard sized ER20s, because you can insert the Baby Blues deeply into a typical sized ear canal and get maximum sound reduction much more easily than you can force fit the Standard size into a smaller ear canal. In other words, since you essentially face a 50/50 chance that either the Baby Blues or the Standards will fit, you might as well go with the ones that can work well enough even if they don't fit perfectly: the Baby Blues.
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