#1
What do you guys do to protect your ears? Ears are a valuable part of being a musician, and it is a technique too, to protect your ears. I have Tinnitus now, it is too late to reverse the effects, but I can reduce further damage. Any insight guys?
#4
I heard that Paul Gilbert is deaf in one ear from loud playing, which is why he wears those giant headphones.
#5
I don't wear earplugs, so far so good, but I keep my head away from the monitors and avoid the symbols as they hurt my ears the most. We don't have it too loud on stage, I think ipods damage your ears more if you play them too loud.
#6
I don't but I should given the amount of sonic bombast we use (800 Watt bass amp on five, Bugera 333XL full stack on 3-5 on all three channels with the master on 10, and a huge drum rig).

We're louder at rehearsals than at concerts, because our drummer whittles down his rig, and our bassist uses less amp by request of the sound-guy, and I always turn down to what the room needs so I never have trouble.
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#7
use ear plugs, there are musician's earplugs designed to not muffle certain frequencies more than others. I've got a pair of Hearos and they sound great, they don't sound muffled at all like regular earplugs.

also, don't use earbuds for extended periods of time. even when you don't have it turned up loud earbuds will cause damage after prolonged use.
#8
Quote by The4thHorsemen
use ear plugs, there are musician's earplugs designed to not muffle certain frequencies more than others. I've got a pair of Hearos and they sound great, they don't sound muffled at all like regular earplugs.

also, don't use earbuds for extended periods of time. even when you don't have it turned up loud earbuds will cause damage after prolonged use.



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Quote by The4thHorsemen
use ear plugs, there are musician's earplugs designed to not muffle certain frequencies more than others. I've got a pair of Hearos and they sound great, they don't sound muffled at all like regular earplugs.

also, don't use earbuds for extended periods of time. even when you don't have it turned up loud earbuds will cause damage after prolonged use.


This is a myth. As for regular "iPod style" earbuds, the reason they cause damage is because most people do listen to them at high volumes. That is completely their fault. In-ears, or IEMs, on the other hand, are less likely to cause damage because the sound isolating design allows the listener to hear his or her music better under a lower sound pressure level, resulting in safer listening.
#11
I use ear plugs at gigs, rehearsals and when I have my amp turned up a lot at home... in theory I guess I should use them when I'm going to watch a show as well but I don't, partially because I'm worried about losing them.
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#12
1st i turn my amp up to 10, then i rock out, then i stop playing, my ears are buzzing and i wish i was smart enough to put in earplugs
#13
Right now I use "Sonic II" hearing protectors from North Safety Products.

In 30+ years I have never played, worked or attended a show without hearing protection.
#14
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I use ear plugs at gigs, rehearsals and when I have my amp turned up a lot at home... in theory I guess I should use them when I'm going to watch a show as well but I don't, partially because I'm worried about losing them.

I think losing your hearing is worse than losing your earplugs.
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#15
like most users said above i use earplugs when in band rehearsal and on concerts

i do sometimes get weird looks at concerts but i'm not the one with ringing ears afterwards :P

at home i don't usually turn my amp up that loud for earplugs to be necessary
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#16
I started playing guitar 1 year ago and now i've lost 20% of right ear hearing and 7% of left ear hearing. Maybe I have to stop playing?
#17
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I started playing guitar 1 year ago and now i've lost 20% of right ear hearing and 7% of left ear hearing. Maybe I have to stop playing?

No, just play quietly.
#18
I use Hearos earplugs. Because regular earplugs block out too much treble and mids making it hard from me to hear myself. These lower the volume you hear overall by like 12db.

Edit: They're called Hearos High Fidelity Ear Filters. Kinda expensive for earplugs at like $15.
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#19
Quote by leephan
I heard that Paul Gilbert is deaf in one ear from loud playing, which is why he wears those giant headphones.
He has tinnitus; not deaf. I have the exact same thing.

I use Elacin ER-20 ear protectors.
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#20
Quote by ChrisN
I use Elacin ER-20 ear protectors.
Me too except I've got the baby blue ones cos I've got little girly ears. I use them whenever I go to gigs as well as for playing. I'm love music - and I don't intend to lose the ability to listen to it by trashing my hearing
#21
Quote by zhilla
I've got little girly ears.
Lol!
I use them the same way though.

Additionally, I've actually seen some clubs around here handing out those little foam ear protectors on the door; quite impressed!
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