#1
I've noticed this isn't really a highly discussed topic on this site, but I've been wondering about it for a long time. How many band practices do you need to have in order to become deaf?

I'm very fearful of this. Last week I practiced with my band everyday of the week, in preparation for a show. After each practice my hearing felt dull, a little stuffy, and there would be a ringing in my ears. This would all go away the next day though, until I practiced with my band again. We don't play super loud, but our volume is definitly moderately high. Our practices usually last one hour.

I'm planning on practicing like this everyday for the rest of the summer. Will I lose hearing from this? Or is there nothing to worry about?
#2
wear earplugs

Ones like these are awesome:



They fit in your ears really well, and still allow you to hear well, just not loud
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#3
I would use Ear plugs just to be on the safe side.
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#4
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I'm planning on practicing like this everyday for the rest of the summer. Will I lose hearing from this? Or is there nothing to worry about?


Every day? definitely.
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Buy headphones dude, as a musician the one thing you don't want to mess up is your hearing.
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#7
Either turn it down or use hearing protection.

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#8
You'll probably lose some hearing but I doubt you'll go completely deaf. Buy some cheap earplugs and you won't have to worry about it.
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#9
My 60-year old father has been in a band on and off since he was in high school. Now(much like Pete Townsend, for those who follow the front page news) He has a constant white noise/ringing noise in his ears. He says he can't think about it, or he'll go crazy.

Get something to cut the noise down a bit.
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#10
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How many band practices do you need to have in order to become deaf?

a lot. i've been playing in my current band for a year and a half (a year of which with the loudest drummer i've ever heard in my life) practicing every 3-4 days and my hearing is fine.

if you really are that fearful, turn down or wear ear plugs. or both!
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#11
I know exactly the feeling you're talking about. I had this problem when I was in high school and had to practice in a little square room without any of that padding stuff they use in recording studios. My ears were always ringing and things just sounded generally muffled for a few hours.

If I pay attention now, there's a discernable difference between what I hear between my left and right ears. I started wearing those earplugs that were shown a few posts up and it definitely makes a difference. If you can find a good pair you get no loss in definition but dramatically reduced volume.
#12
Wear buttplu...eer.. Ear plugs...

But yeah. Dont get tinnitus, that shit blows.
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#14
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I've noticed this isn't really a highly discussed topic on this site,

Yes it is. We get "MY EARS ARE RINGING, MAKE IT STOP PIT!" threads weekly.
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a lot. i've been playing in my current band for a year and a half (a year of which with the loudest drummer i've ever heard in my life) practicing every 3-4 days and my hearing is fine.

if you really are that fearful, turn down or wear ear plugs. or both!

No offense, but that's not great advice...It depends on your ears. I have really bad tinnitus, have lost a lot of hearing and need to wear plugs whenever I practise or go to shows. And I got that way pretty early on into my playing / attending gigs.
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#15
What are some good earplugs that allow you to hear everything clear and defined, but quieter?
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#16
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Wear buttplu...eer.. Ear plugs...

But yeah. Dont get tinnitus, that shit blows.

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#17
yeah man wear ear plugs,

i do it, i just tell my band "its not that our music is terrible. its just that i'd like to hear what my grandkids voices'll sound like"
#18
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No offense, but that's not great advice...It depends on your ears. I have really bad tinnitus, have lost a lot of hearing and need to wear plugs whenever I practise or go to shows. And I got that way pretty early on into my playing / attending gigs.

why would i have been offended?
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#20
I'm 18 and I have mild tinnitus and hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to high frequencies) so trust me, wear earplugs whenever you can. Both of these are a ****ing pain in the ass. I have specialised moulded earplugs now which are designed to try and treat my hyperacusis but the tinnitus is permanent.

I wasn't particularly careless with my ears (and I definitely am not now) so trust me, take care of your ears
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#21
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why would i have been offended?

Dunno, basically cos I was disagreeing with you and a lot of people on here don't take kindly to that Thought I'd avoid arguement

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#22
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How many band practices do you need to have in order to become deaf?

I'm very fearful of this.


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#23
Hearos. I had some like these http://www.jr.com/hearos/pe/HEO_HR211/ At around 15 bucks they're kinda expensive, but they work wonders. The louder something is the more it filters it out. So it sounds normal to have a normal conversation and a loud concert gets reduced by a bunch of decibels. I lost my pair and i wish i still had some. I think they sell these at guitar center.
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Hearos. I had some like these http://www.jr.com/hearos/pe/HEO_HR211/ At around 15 bucks they're kinda expensive, but they work wonders. The louder something is the more it filters it out. So it sounds normal to have a normal conversation and a loud concert gets reduced by a bunch of decibels. I lost my pair and i wish i still had some. I think they sell these at guitar center.


Those are the ones I was talking about in my earlier post! They're amazing for 15 buck earphones (I got mine free because my dad is into construction and they get boxes of those every month)
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#25
Watch out for tinnitus, it's a warning sign that things are too loud.
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I'm 18 and I have mild tinnitus and hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to high frequencies) so trust me, wear earplugs whenever you can. Both of these are a ****ing pain in the ass. I have specialised moulded earplugs now which are designed to try and treat my hyperacusis but the tinnitus is permanent.

I wasn't particularly careless with my ears (and I definitely am not now) so trust me, take care of your ears

Yeah that's a good point. Loud noise can also affect your hearing on higher registers. This is a big deal when you want to pick up clarinet lol. But also affects your guitar playing because a lot of rock solos are played on the higher registers and if you keep it up you won't be able to hear those nice, sharp artificial harmonics and bends.
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#30
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That's what she said.

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#31
I am a bit hyper-sensitive about my hearing as well. When we were in high school a few of my friends got really into their car systems and now a lot of my friends have serious hearing problems. I guess you can laugh at the fact that we sit around, a bunch 25-30 year olds and it probably sounds like we are sitting in a convalescent home.

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