I never go to a gig without earplugs anymore because my hearing just doesn’t need the punishment. But have you ever stopped to wonder who invented these things?
The roots of earplugs go back to Germany in 1907 when a philosopher named Theodore Lessing was in charge of an anti-noise society. The modern world was just too loud and this society debated ways of returning to the days of noble silence.
Together with a Berlin pharmacist named Max Negwer, a foamy insert was created for the ear called the Ohropax. And when World War I came along, he sold them to the army to prevent soldiers from going deaf from cannon-fire. After the war, the idea of sticking something in your ears to keep the peace stuck around—and we’re still using them today.