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There is an American hearing aid company that makes musician ear plugs that work great and cost about $15 a set. I used them to success when I played in a community band and had the brass section behind me.
EDIT: The company’s name for the ones I used is Etymotic Research. Available on Amazon.
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Any earplugs made for musicians should be made to not distort the sound.
I use these
I don't notice any distortion and they are light and lets enough sound through well enough that I ALWAYS forget to take it out after practicing lol. Even with smallest "filter" it takes out the sharpness of the sound under my ear. I only use a plug in my left ear though so I don't know the effect of wearing one in each ear.
I'm not too worried about this. I know that a lifetime of professional playing can damage the hearing in your left ear, but after beginning at 58, I doubt it's going to be a big problem for me. Apart from making sure they had a quoted dB level, I just bought the cheapest general purpose foam plugs I could find. I haven't used them yet, although in the past I have sometimes used plugs for sleeping.
As a beginner one needs to learn to play quietly and beautifully after initially developing good tone at a somewhat louder volume. So earplugs, unless you have a medical condition, in the first few years are perhaps unnecessary. They might even make it harder for you to learn.
Later, if you join an amateur orchestra, you may find you are letting rip in a way you don't at home (for example, at home I strum my uke moderately and can always hear it, but at the uke club I beat the hell out of it and can barely hear it!). Then you can ask the more experienced orchestra members if they have ear protection.
if I will look back when I'm 90 and say, "I wish that I had used some noise protection."
Your wife will shout back "WHAAAT?"
I have seen some that fit into the ear, but, they look like they could get stuck. They are very short. They have nothing to pull to remove them.
I know what you mean, but it's never been a problem. I find I can always get two finger tips in to pinch the foam and pull it out - usually the foam is constantly expanding inside your ear anyway and sort of oozes partly out. Tweezers work on cotton wool. You can't damage the ear, the cotton protects it.