Earplugs for kids
Does anyone have experience with kids being bothered by the loud volume of the violin? My son has no problem playing piano but recently says the violin is too loud. He's always been a little sensitive to sound. I got him a mute which is good sometimes but I thought earplugs might be the way to go for performance. Any tips or suggestions are appreciated.
Earplugs can be tricky for little kids. I found that an old pair of over-the-ear headphones worked for my daughter when she was younger. I had to cut the cord off, however, because she didn't want that dangling around whilst playing.
There are headphones dedicated only to blocking noise, for construction workers etc.
There are quite a few products for hearing protection for kids and smaller ear canals. I think it's a great idea to try to protect their hearing, and maybe help build a long-term habit of care which will reduce hearing damage over time.
Yes, my girl has had issues with the violin feeling too loud. i got her kids earplugs from thoman, they only had one brand making small earplugs and they have been great. She has used them when listening in a concert (I use earplugs too, cannot understand why not many do, the orchestra is so loud) and sometimes she also uses them when practising and there has been no problems,
Plug her left ear with a kids ear plug and it should all be good. Plugging both ears is unnecessary in my opinion.
Construction-worker headphones will be too effective. And they can be quite heavy. Might want to find a way to try before you buy.
Musicians earbuds that are available in a small size would likely help a lot. We use Hearos Small size in our household because we are adults with small ears.
While using an earplug in the left ear can be helpful, using earplugs in both ears will totally defeat the youngster's (or oldster's!) ability to properly control dynamics. Always leave one ear unplugged so the musician can hear the actual sounds they are making.
Is this during practice or all the time? If primarily practice, is she playing in a small, live room? Is it still too loud playing outdoors? Am wondering if changing where she practices might help.