I bought a pair of these a few months ago. I have tinnitus pretty bad, so I have to wear earplugs at every live music show. What's annoying, though, is how muffled the sound seems with regular plugs in--it sounds like I'm underwater. So I splurged and bought a pair of $20 ear plugs...and I LOVE them. They don't muffle the sound--they just turn it down. Plus, they're washable and reusable. It's the best $20 I've spent in a long time. They'd make a great stocking stuffer for a live music fan.