1. Efftup

    Efftup Senior Member

    Here is a new Indiegogo campaign I found.
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/isolate-switch-off-your-ears--4#/
    Basically the theory is this:


    Basically they seem very simlar to these:
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    Only made of metal instead:
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    and although they claim the plastic ones are fiddly, they fail to explain why theirs are less so, cos they fit in basically the same way.

    #is there anything to this solid metal keeping the sound out better?
    Or is it another scam?
     
  2. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    i dont want to watch the video twice, plus his accent is thick, so correct me if i got it wrong. it doesnt seem to say it keeps out more noise but rather the noise allowed in isnt muffled like it is with foam earplugs. It's "clearer sound". The video shows wearing them at loud concerts, so there would be no point to blocking sound completely right?
    upload_2016-10-8_18-13-59.

    and, btw, even if they suck they are alot cooler looking then the ones you pasted there. :)



    does this mean anything as far as ear plugs?
     
  3. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    yea at 1:26 in the video he says "giving you sensation that youve simply lowered the volume"

    but it still somewhat a foam head so the sound coming around the metal into the foam will still be muffled.
    bottom line, they still look cooler.
    upload_2016-10-8_18-25-43.
     
  4. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    I don't see how these would be any better than a foam ear plug. Occlusion is caused by blocking off the normal airflow in the ear, these plugs will still do this.

    I've used foam ear plugs for so many years and so often, I don't even notice the occlusion. Many of my musician friends say these work great and occlusion is nearly eliminated. They do cost a couple of hundred dollars, since you have to have a specialist custom mold them to your ear.

    http://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/erme.html
     
  5. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    I'd also be concerned about reusing these, how do you sanitize the foam?
     
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  6. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    and how do you get the foam out when it pops off the stem and gets stuck in your ear.
     
  7. DougW

    DougW Member

    As a drummer/muso - I have been using the foam plugs for years when I rehearse by myself or with my band - besides taking the edge off my snare and cymbal hits, I am still able to hear guitars and vocals clearly. Combined with a couple of beers....they work a treat!
    So maybe there is something to the plugs mentioned above but I doubt it would be much and the fact you probably can't clean them (just what I want....5 years of ear wax build up on them) I'd rather use the foam ones once and bin them at the end of the session. So $50aud for 200 plugs or $200aud for just one pair that can't be washed or need foam replacements. I know where my dough is going.
     
  8. Efftup

    Efftup Senior Member

    The foam bits are removable so can be cleaned or replaced if worn out. I think they are on pretty well though and there is a specific technique to removing them so I assume the foam bits don;t fall off in your ear like Deirdre is suggesting.
    Presumably the sound is reduced cos there is something blocking your ear up, rather than the material the something is made from.
    Best Earplugs I ever had were Doc's ProPlugs ( the diving version) They came in different sizes so you could get the size that fitted your ear, and were not too expensive. Originallly designed for swimmers, these were the ones for divers with a tiny hole in them to allow equalisation. but they did exactly the same as Doug's plugs do. They lost all that cymbal wash but otherwise just dampened everything down fairly evenly, unlike those squishy foam ones that muffle all the top end. also VERY comfortable to wear and not very noticeable either, unlike the plastic ones I posted in the OP.
     
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  9. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    you pinch them and the clasp releasees it looks like. all i can picture is my niece messing with those hideous ear plug things she has constantly. But this guy did a review (of the 50L titanium ones) and he seems to be addicted t wearing them but hasnt mentioned any issue with the tip loosening oddly. ? Maybe there is a clasp on both sides which would prevent issues, but since i'm looking at a cross section the other clasp isnt shown.

    I'm kinda jealous listening to his experience with them, i would love to block out the world a bit but i know the tips would be too large for me. :(
     
  10. dads macscivens

    dads macscivens New Member

    Recently I've been getting Facebook promo ads for this device only now its being touted as a SNORING attenuator. Why would I pay $30+ for a pair of these instead of a cheap pair of 32 SRF rated foam earplugs from CVS? Are they really touting the benefits of "clearer" hearing while I'm asleep? More tempting is another Kickstarter device. Its a mask your snoring partner wears that's supposed to create a "Get Smart" cone of silence around your partner, emanating a sound cancellation field from speakers in the mask. That would be pretty cool if it actually worked, but I think I'll wait and hear from some satisfied early adopters before I "kick" in any development money.