Musicians Hearing Scheme - Professional moulded earplugs worth £170 for £40

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edited March 6 in Live
https://www.hearformusicians.org.uk/join-now

Want a free hearing test and £170 worth of professional, moulded earplugs for £40? Apply above, share with your musician buddies.

Don't be put off by the application form; music is not my primary income source and I'm not gigging a lot at the moment; but I've still benefitted from this scheme. it will be in their interests to get people involved as it will be government funded, so don't be afraid to fudge your musical credentials a bit!

EDIT: I should add - the earplugs are exceptional. Try and get your ears cleaned before you go for your appointment (the NHS will do it for nothing) because they will need you to have clean ears and will charge £50 for the privilege.

When ask about the earplugs you want, you may be asked whether you sing or play a brass or woodwind instrument. Say that you do; even if you don't. You will be given special filters that help to even out the pressure in your skull that sometimes occur when you block your ears. In comparison with my previous earplugs they are far superior as the sound is untouched. Very clear highs.

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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 2480
    Cheers for the post! I've applied!
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  • simonbeckwithsimonbeckwith Frets: 182
    Will look in to this later! 
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  • BodBod Frets: 195
    Thanks!  I've tentatively applied.  I earn very little from music, but it's worth a try.
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2809
    edited June 2017
    I applied too - they emailed this week to say that the evidence/links I submitted didn't enable them to approve me so they are contacting my reference. 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • BodBod Frets: 195
    I had the same email this week.  I've emailed my mate, I mean my guitar mentor, to warn him.
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  • I got approved - boom! Cheers!
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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1084
    Did anyone else jump on this? I got accepted on to the scheme ages ago but the nearest regular clinic was always Bristol, which is a bit of a trek. They very helpfully organised a clinic in Exeter for last Friday which I attended - I had a hearing test (all good, just a minor amount of noise related hearing damage) and impressions taken. 

    It turns out the plugs you get are actually ACS Pros. I already have some Pro 17’s which had started to get uncomfortable as the impressions were taken about 8 years ago. As we’re generally playing at a reduced stage volume these days due to modelling and whatnot I opted for the 10dB filters (I can swap in the 17dB filters if necessary).

    The new plugs haven’t arrived yet obviously but I know what I’m getting so can fully recommend the scheme.

    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/working-retired-musicians/musicians-hearing-health-scheme
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  • I have an appointment to go get some on the 27th. Was in the same situation as you and couldn't be arsed with a trek to Manchester. Luckily they have arranged a session in Leeds.

    I will report back!
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  • I've just been for my appointment.

    I was petrified of anything going into my ear. Just cleaning them with olive oil last night was hard enough! They made the process painless though and were really thorough with explaining stuff. 

    They also did a hearing test which showed my hearing fell into the 'Normal' range. 

    I have been concerned with my hearing of late as I gig quite frequently. I'm only 31 and have tinnitus so was growing more worried thinking about the future. 

    To find out my ears are reletively healthy and to have the hearing test has given me peace of mind and was worth the price of admission alone. The plugs themselves are ACS pro's which was mentioned above. I have no experience of them so cannot comment. 

    Overall I would encourage anybody regularly gigging to sign up.
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 410
    Missed this first time round - have applied this morning. I'm mainly a teacher these days so will see what they say!!
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 410
    UPDATE:    Approved for the scheme.  Colleague had to write a reference explaining that I am indeed a music teacher - it was a full 3 sentences.   I'm now awaiting an e-mail with an appointment time.   Exciting!
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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 2480
    Gulliver said:
    UPDATE:    Approved for the scheme.  Colleague had to write a reference explaining that I am indeed a music teacher - it was a full 3 sentences.   I'm now awaiting an e-mail with an appointment time.   Exciting!
    Nice one! Let us know how you get on!
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  • VaiaiVaiai Frets: 389
    The other link seems to not be working but I followed the pages on the site and eventually ended up here..

    https://www.hearformusicians.org.uk/
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  • colourofsoundcolourofsound Frets: 287
    Vaiai said:
    The other link seems to not be working but I followed the pages on the site and eventually ended up here..

    https://www.hearformusicians.org.uk/
    Cheers - I've updated the OP
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 410
    UPDATE THE SECOND!!

    Am typing this having just left my appointment. 15minutes for the hearing test and impressions fitting. Colour options included in the scheme - I went for Red!!

    weirdest experience with the impressions setting, as I went totally deaf for about 3 minutes... was reassuring that there was no background ringing I’d gotten used to.

    approx 3 weeks more to wait for the actual plugs.
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  • miserneilmiserneil Frets: 4691
    I applied and was approved for this, as I'm an MU member it was only £30 too! ABSOLUTE bargain, I have some PRO15's but have opted for some red 20's now, just for piece of mind. Hearing A1 apart from current Tinittus due to an ear infection which I'm praying will clear up soon. 
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 410
    Mine arrived today!  Super comfortable fit, noise reduction appears great but will confirm later in the week when I get to use them in anger.

    A little over 3 weeks for delivery, but that included a bank holiday - so pretty decent!
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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 2480
    I love mine. Literally the best 40 quid I have ever spent. Would never gig without them now!
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  • lukedlblukedlb Frets: 165
    Colour or transparent? Accessory or deaf aid? What’s the general opinion as I’ve never seen one in person?
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  • miserneilmiserneil Frets: 4691
    The transparent ones are very inconspicuous, fit nicely in the ear and not that noticeable at all.

    However, I’ve gone for bright red this time...
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 410
    I too went for bright red, because my other half (also a musician) would probably go for clear or purple.

    Also, If i accidentally drop a clear one I might never find the bastard!!
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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 2480
    I went for light blue. Not so inconspicuous I'll lose them BUT still don't stand out on pictures/videos too much
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  • Guitar_SlingerGuitar_Slinger Frets: 1124
    simonk said:
    It turns out the plugs you get are actually ACS Pros. I already have some Pro 17’s which had started to get uncomfortable as the impressions were taken about 8 years ago.
    Hey @simonk (and anybody else whose earplugs become uncomfortable over time). I have a 16 year-old set or ER-15s used for motorcycle rides and sleeping in noisy places, which fit fine. 

    But the left one of newer Pro 17s started feeling uncomfortable.  Turns out I had a tiny, hard bit of wax in my ear.  It was was found and taken out during an examination and the earplugs fit fine since.
    “Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?' 'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh after careful thought. Piglet was comforted by this.”
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1169
    edited May 15
    Just had my application accepted.... 

    Will have to go to London for my appointment though. I can't seem to get it out of my head that going to London is a bit like going up Satan's arse. Maybe not as nice...
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3367
    Wish I'd seen this before.  Just paid full price at ACS yesterday.
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  • bloodandtearsbloodandtears Frets: 392
    merlin said:
    Just had my application accepted.... 

    Will have to go to London for my appointment though. I can't seem to get it out of my head that going to London is a bit like going up Satan's arse. Maybe not as nice...
    I've been accepted too.. Manchester nearest for me..

    I can't help but feel like I'm about to be duped...

    My trading feedback

    is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?

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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 1527
    I couldn’t see a list of locations - is there any guidance where it can be done?
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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 2480
    merlin said:
    Just had my application accepted.... 

    Will have to go to London for my appointment though. I can't seem to get it out of my head that going to London is a bit like going up Satan's arse. Maybe not as nice...
    I've been accepted too.. Manchester nearest for me..

    I can't help but feel like I'm about to be duped...

    I had been told I had to do Manchester but I waited it out and they eventually put on a Leeds event. 

    Definitely not being duped. Best decision I made was using them. Not affiliated... Just sound like it! 
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  • Got mine a few weeks ago. Great plugs at a bargain price and a hearing test to boot. Awesome scheme. 
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  • ricorico Frets: 826
    What are the chances of an average gigging guitarist  getting accepted on this scheme? Averaging a gig a week at the moment. 
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