Musicians performing at the Bonnaroo and CMA music festivals near Nashville—both of which begin tomorrow—will receive free custom ear plugs that allow them to hear the notes clearly just at a lower volume. The plugs normally cost around $200 a pair.
The Vanderbilt Audiology Clinic and MusiCares sponsor the program, now in its second year at Bonnaroo. In addition to fitting them with custom plugs, audiologists from Vanderbilt educate the musicians on how important it is to protect their hearing. They also teach them about long-term effects of not wearing ear plugs.