Among some of the best hearing protection you can buy, the BandSpec ear plugs are recommended for both solo and band players at both beginner and advanced playing levels. These ear plugs are specially designed for musicians as they perform a high decibel reduction of 25 db without deadening the sound. Made from silicone, they are incredibly comfortable and fit most ear sizes. They come with a detachable hanging cord to hang the plugs comfortably around your neck as well as a storage container with a key ring attachment. These are a necessity for any highland musician.
One solo bagpipe will range at about 100 decibels (about as loud as a lawn mower) while a full pipe band will range at about 130 decibels (about as loud as a jet engine taking off). All players should begin with wearing ear protection as repeated exposure to these loud volumes will result in deafness over time.