#1
Sup guys

I got home from a gig last night and my ears were ringing worse than they ever have after the countless number of gigs iv been too. Usually i can go to bed and when i wake up they're back to normal but its about 18 hours on now and they're still ringing, not as bad but its still very noticeable

the venue was a small bar that fit about 80-100 at a push, yet everything was mic'd up, and the sound guy mix everything with way too much high end, to the point where the guitars were preatty much impossible to listen to without the bass behind it

could this have lead to some long term damage to my ears?

they dont hurt and didnt during the gig its just ringing and im having trouble hearing high frequencies

any help would be great!
#4
It might pass. It might not. Mild tinnitus isn't the worst thing in the world, you learn to tune it out. But be careful from now on.
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#6
Welcome to the wonderful world of tinnitus where you can enjoy such things as:

- Sleepless nights
- Distractions during exams
- Never turning anything over 2 again without ear protection

Anndd....

NEVER hearing the sound of silence again.

Enjoy!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of tinnitus where you can enjoy such things as:

- Sleepless nights
- Distractions during exams
- Never turning anything over 2 again without ear protection

Anndd....

NEVER hearing the sound of silence again.

Enjoy!



The first 2 are only in severe cases. Definitely true about the ear protection.

Only the last one bothers me. I miss silence
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#9
Tell me about it man, shit sucks... I couldn't sleep during my first few months of tinnitus but i'm accustomed to it now. Feel like such a douche sometimes with ear protection though. I saw the theatre show Wicked last night, wore my ear plugs.
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#11
Get your ass to a doctor; the last thing you want is to have a tinnitus for the rest of your life; I'm no expert, but they might be able to fix it if you get it sorted out early.
#12
Wrap your ears in the original package they were shipped in and hopefully you'll be able to get a replacement. You'll also need a receipt.

Next time wear ear protection.. If you put earplugs in the proper way, no one can tell... unless they're the ear police.
#13
And this, children, is why the mocking you get for taking earplugs to gigs is so worth it.
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#14
Quote by N_J_B_B
Tell me about it man, shit sucks... I couldn't sleep during my first few months of tinnitus but i'm accustomed to it now. Feel like such a douche sometimes with ear protection though. I saw the theatre show Wicked last night, wore my ear plugs.



Gotta be done. I find now that I have it, I'm starting to realise that concerts are just stupidly loud, like completely unneccessarily so.

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Quote by DJ_Effrey
Get your ass to a doctor; the last thing you want is to have a tinnitus for the rest of your life; I'm no expert, but they might be able to fix it if you get it sorted out early.


This, my friend went to the doctors when he thought he had tinnitus and they gave him some drops to put in his ears every 3 hours for a couple of days and it helped apparently.
#16
Quote by jambi_mantra
Gotta be done. I find now that I have it, I'm starting to realise that concerts are just stupidly loud, like completely unneccessarily so.

Depends on where you're standing. I went to a show and was very front right, right next to a 4x15 cab.
I had tinnitus for days.

Was a bloody good show though.
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Get your ass to a doctor; the last thing you want is to have a tinnitus for the rest of your life; I'm no expert, but they might be able to fix it if you get it sorted out early.


I'm also no expert but I don't think tinnitus can be fixed no matter how early you go to a doctor... once you have it that's it until you drop dead...

I also believe that if you come out of a loud environment with ringing ears, even if that goes away, you have still damaged your hearing.... but don't quote me on that.

Ear protection FTW!.. look like a twat wearing it but at least you'll still be able have a conversation with someone when ya 40...........
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I am sorry you will have to speak up dear chap
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#21
I have tinnitus to the point where I get sleepless nights because of it and I would NOT reccomend sacrificing silence for a loud gig. For a musician, which Im guessing you are, your ears are your most important instrument. Look after them.

Also, a fun fact: loud environments aren't the only place you can develop tinnitus. Listening to most MP3 players at full volume can give you tinnitus; the European regulations were put in place for a reason.

EDIT: Ear protection is most definitely worth it, and don't wait until you already have tinnitus to start using it. They actually make the sound quality of gigs clearer anyway
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#22
Quote by Baby Joel
Depends on where you're standing. I went to a show and was very front right, right next to a 4x15 cab.
I had tinnitus for days.

Was a bloody good show though.



I saw BB King Friday just gone, I knew we were at the back and thought it wouldn't be so bad, even then it was ridiculously loud, I'm glad I brought ear plugs.
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Quote by mullet1337

EDIT: Ear protection is most definitely worth it, and don't wait until you already have tinnitus to start using it. They actually make the sound quality of gigs clearer anyway


I disagree.

Now, if you buy expensive earplugs they get closer to the real deal, to the point that there is pretty much no difference except volume, but every regular ear plug is gonna sound like crap, IMHO. Boost the bass to the point of absurdity, and everything becomes mud.

Also. Use earplugs nonetheless. I'm never gonna get my complete hearing back again, and I wish I hade thought differently before i sacrificed it.

Start using earplugs as early as possible to prevent further damage. I know people who can barely use silveware, because everytime like a fork or knife slams together, it creates a really sharp and painful sound to them.

Also, you won't just lose volume when you damage your hearing, you also lose frequencies. The sound is also gonna turn more and more muffled, if you get what I mean.
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#26
Always always always always always always use earplugs when you're playing/listening to loud music.
#27
Yes, tinnitus is most definitely no joke when you have it.

I've had it for about 3 years now (I'm just about to turn 40). Too much loud music, night after night. I can listen to metal, but orchestral music (high strings) sets it off / makes it noticeable. It's spoiled my enjoyment somewhat.

I've grown used to it a little, or it's got better - I can't tell which. But thinking about it now I can hear high-frequency whistling in both ears.

Also, I've got high-frequency drop in my hearing. My wife, who's a decade and a half younger, will say "what's that noise" when I'm playing something I've recorded, and I can't hear it - tape hiss, effects, or whatever.

I had fantastic hearing up until my mid-thirties. I'd kill to get it back, but it's irreversible.

I know there are far worse cases out there. I feel for them.
#28
Just in case anyone cares, I went to my doctor, he gave me some ear drops and 12 hours on i still have a slight ringing that i may have long term but even the sound of the wind drowns it out so sleeping isnt a problem

thanks for the advise guys, im really greatful that you gave me good advise before i did some serious damage!!

Thanks alot!!
#29
Quote by jambi_mantra
I saw BB King Friday just gone, I knew we were at the back and thought it wouldn't be so bad, even then it was ridiculously loud, I'm glad I brought ear plugs.

The problem with seeing BB King isn't that he's loud. It's that he plays for about 15 minutes then talks for an hour about Cialis. Least that's how it was when I saw him.

but yeah TS, see a doc.