Has he tried the Etymotic Musicians Earlupgs?
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Mead Killion at Eytomic Research has various solutions that are a possible good fit for your fathers situation. He has several noise attenuating devices that will most likely address the problem that your father is asking you to research. The Eytomic devices that would appropriately address his problem will be passive solutions not electronic. Mead is a great guy and also a musician, feel free to call his company (888-389-6684) to find the appropriate referral in your area for his products. I am a fan and a user of his solutions. Good luck.
I would echo the recommendation of custom molded ear plugs, and the Eymotic solution looks even better. I ride a motorcycle daily, and the wind noise through the helmet at speed is quite loud (anyone who rides would know this). The best solution by far is my custom molded (solid) earplugs. The only drawback is that they really don't let much in so you can't have a normal conversation once you stop without taking out the plugs. Soft or molded plugs let in more but that's a two-edged sword. I've used electronic shooting headphone-type ear protection when shooting, and they work great for that, but they are really tuned to eliminate very sharp and abrupt sounds, and not ongoing loud noise. Hopefully the Etymotic solution can combine the best of those two worlds.
I am a professional orchestral musician, and I can tell you that it has been proven that orchestral musicians will lose at least 20% of their hearing over the course of their careers on average. It is a very unfortunate side effect of the job, and it is therefore no surprise that your father is experiencing it, Audphile1. They do indeed sometimes use clear panels (plastic, not glass, though) in between musicians, but most of us actually do not like this much as it hampers visibility. I should wear ear plugs more than I do, and my orchestra provides us with the cheap foam ones - there is always a big box of them on hand. Of course, you can't hear yourself or your colleagues nearly as well when wearing them, which is why many of us don't much, despite the certainty of eventual hearing loss. I myself usually only use them for pops concerts when they amplify everything to ridiculous levels anyway. I really should go and investigate the more expensive types mentioned above - the orchestra has a deal with a local Jones outfit, I've just never taken advantage of it. I would add, though, that if anyone thinks ear plugs are necessary for home listening, that very probably they simply have their volume cranked way too loud.
Musicians ear plugs are the best- available with 9,15 or 25db of attenuation they have a small metal chamber down the middle to allow HF and therefore have a much flatter response. Typical earplugs block the ear canal and kill the highs. They are custom made and you need to get an earmold made of your ears to send to them. Earmold design and lots of other places make them. Wholesale was about $40 so don't pay over $100.