I live in Dominican Republic, and, due to social problems, we tend to have lots of struggles and street fighting against the government. One day I was at a friend’s house when, suddenly, we heard gunfire. We looked out the window to see the police firing against a big riot crowd on the streets. In that moment, I took cover and covered my ears, but after a couple of minutes the riot got closer and my ears started to hurt. I remembered that I had my EP4 Sonic Defenders earplugs from a concert the day before (I work as a sound assistant and need hearing protection), so I reached into my pockets, pulled out my EP4s, and put them in.

A couple of minutes later, the riot came into the house. We tried to get out, but the police were shooting, so we just took cover. The police then proceeded to throw a flash-bang grenade through the window and—BOOM! Luckily, I had my EP4s in my ears and, as the police came in, asking questions to all the other now-deaf people, I was able to hear and explain what had happened and to assist them in identifying the riot members. If I hadn't had my EP4s in, I probably would’ve wound up in jail, or even much worse.

Jean R.
Santiago, Chile

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