We all know that hearing protection is a critical important issue for drummers of all ages and interests- AHEAD Custom Molded Earplugs (ACME) are a new way for drummers (and other musicians) to safeguard their ears in a variety of practice and performance situations. Non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and EPA-approved, ACME earplugs allow users to safely, quickly and conveniently create a personal set of soft, silicone earplugs at home, in the studio or on the road.

At a suggested retail of $29.95, we believe that ACME hearing protectors are really more effective than foam earplugs at a fraction of the cost of custom-fitted earplugs.

The ACME kit comes complete with easy-to-use silicone ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions for combining the components, placing them in the ears and allowing them to cure. The result is a comfortable, durable set of custom-molded earplugs with an EPA-certified Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 26 dB.

According to the National Institutes Of Health, prolonged exposure to sound at 85 decibels (dB) can cause short-term auditory damage while sounds at 120 dB and above can cause painful and permanent hearing loss.

Since drumming often reaches or exceeds these potentially dangerous volume levels, ACME’s noise reduction in the 25-30 dB range is effective in providing both immediate and long-term hearing protection. The NIH list of common sounds and their decibel ratings includes:

• Silence – 0 dB
• A whisper – 15 dB
• Normal conversation – 60 dB
• A lawnmower – 90 dB
• A car horn – 110 dB
• A rock concert or a jet engine – 120 dB
• A gunshot or firecracker – 140 dB

Recommended by top drummers and leading specialists and are available at leading drumshops and music stores, each AHEAD Custom Molded Earplug pack also includes a soft carrying pouch.

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