I called a couple local ear doctors, and i can get 'musicians ear plug's' for between $125-150, including the cast mold of my ears. this is a very reasonable price given hearing is not like fixing a broken bone. Planet Waves Pacato Hearing Protectors/Audio Filters | Sweetwater.com Etymotic Research ETY-Plugs | Sweetwater.com my question is has anyone used these factory type earplugs that have the filter? and how do they stack up to doctor made? has anyone had a doctor make them some and used them? how do any stack up compared to none. i mean after a while at FOH spot your bodies mechanics start to attenuate things anyway. but to be exposed to such high spls, even just once a week is not helpful to me in the long run. i figure i'll get things relatively balanced and feedback free, then put my plugs in for the rest of the gig, and work w/in a few dbs of adjustments to taste over the rest of the gig. if the $20 ones are OK i'll get them for now, surely they must be a step over typical foam plugs, but how much? i dunno. i'd rather not waste money. the custom fit ones from the doctor offer the capability to employ two sets of filters, one like -10db, the other like -25. any links, thoughts would be much appreciated. i have next weekend off from gigs, and am looking to get something soon as a can make an informed decision. rolled up napkins aren't gonna cut it if i'm gonna continue 3-5 gigs a month live mixing as i have been lately. thanks!