When I was at Mom 2.0, my friend Ellen gave me a pair of Etymotic earphones and told me to wear them on the plane ride home. Holy cow! They are like magic — with my headphones in, I could hear the movies on my iPhone beautifully, and I could hear the Pilot’s announcements clearly too! Everything else was blocked out. (How in the world does that work?)

I was thinking of the headphones today, because Ellen also told me I should have my kids use ear plugs during music practice. Apparently it’s common for musicians to lose their hearing. Isn’t that awful? Ralph is practicing trombone as I type. We haven’t tried the earplugs yet, but I think I should get some. The trombone is loud!

Do your kids play instruments? Are you concerned about hearing loss? Or am I just being a worry-wart?