If foam earplugs don’t seem to give you ample protection, but custom-fitted earplugs are beyond your price range, Ahead has introduced a new alternative that might be the solution. Non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, and EPA-approved, ACME (Ahead Custom Molded Earplugs) earplugs allow users to safely, quickly, and conveniently create a personal set of soft, silicone earplugs. The ACME kit comes with easy-to-use silicone ingredients and simple 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. Suggested retail price: $29.95 (soft carrying pouch included).