The Occlusion Effect with Musicians’ Earplugs – Part 2

In part 1 of this blog series, some characteristics of the occlusion effect were discussed.  This refers to low frequency voice or musical energy (below 500 Hz) that is transduced (typically through the boney portion of the ear canal) and unless the ear is blocked up, is not heard- the low frequency sound energy escapes…

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The Occlusion Effect with Musicians’ Earplugs – part 1

A significant proportion of my clientele at the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada are for “second opinions”.  Recently I had a referral where a trombone player was fit with ER-15 musicians’ earplugs but was complaining of the occlusion effect.  The ear impressions were remade with a much longer earmold bore but the occlusion complaints remained. Indeed…

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