Some months ago, I mentioned that I had ordered a set of Westone ES49 custom fit hearing protectors. I've had them now for several months, and I thought it would be a good idea to actually follow up and let you all know how they're working out. To quote Tony the Tiger, "They're great!"
I'm quite happy that I had the fitting done professionally, as both ES49s fit me like a glove. They're comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. The standard 15db filters have so far been adequate (sometimes more than adequate) for my needs, reducing even the loudest sounds to a much safer level. There is very little degradation of the sound, with maybe only a little roll-off in the high frequencies.
Power Project rehearsals -- and gigs -- can get quite loud, and the ES49s have been a godsend. I our current rehearsal space, my right ear is naturally somewhat protected, but my left ear bears the full brunt of the drums, bass, and lead guitar, as well as the vocal PA. Subsequently, I usually wear the left protector fully inserted into my ear. Depending on what's going on, I can either not wear the right one, or have it only partially inserted.
I would recommend hearing protection to anyone who's in a band, or working in loud environments, and the Westone ES49 is a great choice for those who want a high-quality, custom-fit solution, but don't want to spend a huge amount of money.