With some of the Big Brother-ish, surveillance society type things that the British have been putting into place over the last bunch of years, I have to say that this is actually a good idea for a welcome change:
LONDON (Reuters) - Earplugs may not be the most glamorous fashion item around, but a charity for the deaf has asked designers to pitch suggestions to make them hip enough for young clubbers at risk of long-term hearing damage.
I am not a hamster, the idea makes perfect sense to me. I've hardly ever heard a music performance that used amplifiers that wasn't putting out too many decibels. Earplugs as an acceptable fashion item might just save a lot of people from going through life saying "Eh? Wassat?"