I have always been a little (ok a lot) protective of my hearing - in the early days stuffed cotton in my ears at shows almost all the time - I've only had a few experiences where I didn't and regretted it... More recently unless it's a jazz show or acoustic show I have used the foam earplugs - and recently got a set of earasers and some dubs (for my son). The earasers work pretty well but I do still feel like it's a bit muffled rather than just quieter. Dubs were about the same... Bands I've played in have generally not been super loud. Actually most have been very moderate volume so I've never worn earplugs when playing. But I've just joined a start up band and we are currently playing in a buddies basement - small room - two guitars bass and drums - and the drummer is a hard hitter. The room is pretty lively as well and it was definitely loud enough that after 1.5 hours of playing I felt it... don't want that experience again so until we get a practice space with more ft2 and better acoustics I want to wear earplugs. Anyone use something other than Earasers or Dubs they can recommend that are better?