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Old 04-09-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Using ear plugs when performing.

Does anyone do this? I've not played a gig for several years but my hearing was slightly damaged from constant exposure to loud music in a previous band. I do guitar and vocals in a band that will be gigging soon and I don't really want to damage my ears anymore.
Would it affect my performance at all? Are there any specific ear plugs I should be looking at for this?
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:41 AM   #2
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If it's loud, I put in the earplugs. I kind of like my hearing, I don't know about you.

Pay a little extra and get the flat frequency response kinds. You hear yourself a bit differently when singing with plugs, so get them asap so you have some time to get used to it.

If you have the cash, look into some in ear monitoring plugs. I haven't tried these myself but know a few people who gig regularly and swear by them.

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Old 04-09-2014, 11:16 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, i'l look into it
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Get ear plugs and preserve your hearing.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #5
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Get ear plugs. Doesn't matter if you are on stage or in the crowd; protect your ears.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:27 PM   #6
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was just wondering if wearing ear plugs changes the way you hear your voice compared to how it actually sounds? As in would it make you sound to the crowd as if you were half deaf?
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:09 PM   #7
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If you have the cash, look into some in ear monitoring plugs. I haven't tried these myself but know a few people who gig regularly and swear by them.


All well and good, but from my experience you won't often get to use IEMs unless you have the whole set-up and then you need a sound tech who knows how to configure them, or he'll deafen you. (My experience just being an unsigned band that plays a few gigs around the UK, I'm not a pro.)

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was just wondering if wearing ear plugs changes the way you hear your voice compared to how it actually sounds? As in would it make you sound to the crowd as if you were half deaf?


Yeah, it can do. That's why you need to practice with them, not just stick them in when you play live.

I wear my earplugs at practice, when playing live, and when listening to live music.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:56 AM   #8
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All well and good, but from my experience you won't often get to use IEMs unless you have the whole set-up and then you need a sound tech who knows how to configure them, or he'll deafen you. (My experience just being an unsigned band that plays a few gigs around the UK, I'm not a pro.)



Yeah, it can do. That's why you need to practice with them, not just stick them in when you play live.

I wear my earplugs at practice, when playing live, and when listening to live music.

thanks for the reply
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:35 PM   #9
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I wear my earplugs at practice


How loud is your practice?
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:33 PM   #10
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I used them (not anymore because I don't a band right now) in rehearsals or if I go to a concert.
But if I don't if I have a gig.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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Valves not plugs.

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Old 04-24-2014, 05:27 AM   #12
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How loud is your practice?


It depends on what we are doing at practice.

We are loudest when preparing for a gig as we set up the full band with monitors etc to try and mimic the stage as much as possible.

Quite often, when we are just writing, jamming we will be quieter. Obviously, if it doesn't warrant earplugs, then I don't wear them; but they do help them getting tired over prolonged periods of time.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:48 PM   #13
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Yup, I wear them when practicing, gigging, and in the crowd. I made the mistake of seeing Cheap Trick in an outdoor venue without my plugs. It was so loud that my shirt vibrated with the beat. That was the last time without them.

Aside from the benefit of giving your ears some protection from damage, you can hear your voice much better. I think I'm a much more accurate singer with plugs.

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Old 05-05-2014, 07:09 PM   #14
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There are many companies which make ear plugs custom molded to your own ear. I need them because my ears are different sizes.

On stages, I sometimes recommend it, especially if the house sound is your amp.

Practice shoulder never be so loud that you need ear plugs! At that point, everybody needs to save themselves the cost of ear plugs and turn the amps down. If your drummer cannot play quietly, you have to teach him control.

I also think that acoustic music should *never* be played with earplugs
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:11 AM   #15
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Valves not plugs.


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