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Etymotic Launches MusicPRO Electronic Musicians Earplugs

Etymotic Research has released Music•PRO earplugs, designed for musicians who desire hearing protection during performances while avoiding the inconvenience of removing earplugs to hear communications at safe sound levels.

The Music•PRO 9-15 combines the performance of two of the company’s high-fidelity passive earplugs, the ER-9 and ER-15 musicians earplugs. The resulting Music•PRO line is a high-fidelity adaptive electronic earplug that allows natural hearing when sound levels are safe and automatic protection from both loud, sustained music and loud percussive sounds. The new earplugs also can allow the soft sounds of music and speech to be enhanced.

The Music•PRO circuitry automatically changes output levels as sound input levels change. Consequently, hearing appears natural, as if nothing is in the ears, until sound exceeds safe levels. As sound levels increase, the earplugs gradually provide 9 or 15 decibel sound reduction. When sound returns to safe levels, natural hearing mode is automatically restored.

Etymotic says that the earplugs are designed with directors and musicians in mind, although front-of-house personnel, support staff, and security personnel near the stage may also benefit from Music•PRO’s ability to switch between levels of protection and communication.

Dr Gail Gudmundsen, managing director, audiology division, at Etymotic, stated in the press release, “With Music•PRO earplugs, we’re pleased to offer the first electronic earplugs for music industry professionals that allow them to hear their music naturally but be protected with no loss of clarity when sound exceeds safe levels. No other devices can do that.”

The Music•PRO can be purchased online by visiting Etymotic’s website or other online retailers such as Amazon.

About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at adam@icanhearthat.com and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at www.icanhearthat.com.

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