Vibes Hi Fidelity earplugs are built to protect your ears but without losing any range of sound. This means your hearing is protected, but you can still hear sound as it’s meant to be heard. The volume is just turned down to a safe level. But any they right for you?
Why not just use foam earplugs?
Foam earplugs have their place in the world, absolutely. They are ideal for sleeping because they greatly block out noise. However, foam earplugs muffle sound. Great for sleeping, terrible for music.
This is where high fidelity ear plugs come into play.
High fidelity earplugs reduce the volume of external noise, without changing the sounds. This type of earplug is great for live music, concerts and conversations. We like Vibes earplugs so much that they’re included on our Best Earplugs for Concerts list.
If you’ve ever been to a concert, or played live music yourself, you might experience ear ringing the following day. This is not acceptable. Once you begin to experience hearing loss, you cannot revert it. This is why earplugs, including high fidelity earplugs, are absolutely vital to protect you from hearing damage. No amount of music is worth losing your hearing over.
What are the Vibes earplugs really like?
There are a lot of things we love about the Vibe earplugs.
Great sound quality
These earplugs come with a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 15 dB. This isn’t that high, but it’s enough to protect your ears without hurting the sound quality. Like we said, this is required for listening to live music without making the music muffled. They can reduce sound by 22 dB, keeping your hearing protected. That’s what it’s all about!
We’ve tried a lot of different types of earplugs, but these one in particular are extremely small. Not that they’re perfect for tiny ear canals, but that they are nearly invisible when inserted in your ear. It’s not necessary to look cool while wearing earplugs, but Vibes certainly tries to give off that “vibe.” They’re definitely not bulky, neon-coloured foam earplugs!
Three earbud options
Vibes earplugs come with three different silicone ear buds. These hypoallergenic buds come in either small, medium or large so they can fit a wider amount of people. The earbuds are squishy and soft, making them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Ideal for a music festival!
Vibes high fidelity earplugs are reusable. This means that you can wash them and rewear them again and again. Reusable earplugs are a great way to save money, rather than having to throw away and re-buy disposable earplugs whenever you need them. So while these are more expensive than foam earplugs, you can reuse them again and again. For more information on these types of earplugs, you can check out our guide on reusable earplugs.
I’m always losing things, especially tiny earplugs. It’s a fact. Thankfully, Vibes come with a small, hard case to keep your earplugs in. This makes it super easy to bring along with you without losing them. Just throw the case in your bag!
Of course earplugs are small and light, but Vibes feels even lighter than usual. They also don’t make you feel like you’re plugged up like foam earplugs can make you feel. It’s almost like they aren’t there.
So they’re just for musicians?
Not necessarily! While these earplugs are designed ideally for musicians and live music-goers, they can still be used by anyone. They will protect your hearing in a variety of situations, with the added benefit of still being able to hear clearly.
You can use Vibes for music, but also for motorcycle rides, loud environments and around construction. However these earplugs, and high-fidelity earplugs in general, are not effective for swimming or shooting. Check out our Best Earplugs for Swimming and Best Earplugs for Shooting, instead.
Many reviewers have also commented that these earplugs are ideal for those with noise sensitivities, whether related to autism or other conditions. They allow the user to wear them comfortably, while remaining discreet. It can help them in loud environments, such as on a busy street or in a loud restaurant, without feeling panicked or uncomfortable. The clear stems of these earplugs are virtually invisible and very short, so they hardly stick out of the ear canal.
Final verdict on Vibes High-Fidelity earplugs
If you love listening to live music, or play music yourself, these earplugs are essential. They’re comfortable, sleek and effective. Not only can you protect your hearing, you can still hear music the way it’s supposed to be heard. They’re also great for having conversations with others without having to shout or take the earplugs out. They allow you enjoy life around you, just with the volume reduced.
As mentioned above, these earplugs aren’t suitable for water or shooting, but work wonders in other loud environments. A great product!
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