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#1
Hey Ugers,

today I was speaking to my friend who was thinking about going to see Rush and I was like yeah we should go.

I've never been to a big concert in my life, even though we are not going, if i ever go to see a big rock gig I don't want to damage my hearing and i was thinking of that if i ever do go I would wear ear plugs but you never see anyone else wearing them.

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#2
No, it's safe.

Put it this way, do you wanna go to more gigs in the future? Wear ear plugs.
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#3
I'd take mine, I've somehow managed to escape tinnitus and I'd like it to stay that way.
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#5
It's safer but if it's a big venue it's not that bad. I like the loudness to an extent but my hearing has already been affected.
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#6
Rush doesn't damage your hearing, it fixes it. Soak it all up!

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#7
earplugs make it worse for me. it just creates more air pressure, builds up ear wax and makes the music sound worse. that's just me though, you could possibly just need a new fog machine.
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#8
depends on how often you plan on concerting


if i was going once a month id wear plugs, but usually im lucky to get in a concert or two a year so i dont normally worry about it.


Metallica was ****ing mindblowingly loud though, ears were sore but fvck was it a show and a half
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#10
i would bring them a long just in case and if you don't need them you can just stick them in your pockets.
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depends on how often you plan on concerting


if i was going once a month id wear plugs, but usually im lucky to get in a concert or two a year so i dont normally worry about it.


Metallica was ****ing mindblowingly loud though, ears were sore but fvck was it a show and a half

See, Metallica was loud but concert have affected me more. They played in an arena so the sound had a lot of space to spread. When I saw Bullet For My Valentine, I was in a smaller venue so it seemed way louder. Same way with Trivium, they were in a big place too. It was loud but not painfully loud.
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#12
Wear earplugs. Chances are, loads of other people will be as well.
I wasn't wearing earplugs at a concert (a very loud one), and I've had mild tinnitus since (two years). Nothing serious or major, and it won't happen all the time, but I wish I'd worn earplugs. :/
#13
Last concert I went to was QOTSA. It was a small venue, and even being the furthest away from the band as possible I could feel the loudness of the bass penetrating my soul. It was physically painful to stand up closer (which is much cooler since you can actually see the band). Next gig I go to I am definitely using ear plugs, even with them it will still be very loud, just not deaf in 5 years loud.
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See, Metallica was loud but concert have affected me more. They played in an arena so the sound had a lot of space to spread. When I saw Bullet For My Valentine, I was in a smaller venue so it seemed way louder. Same way with Trivium, they were in a big place too. It was loud but not painfully loud.


I was in an arena too and it was the loudest ive been to by far, the acoustics of the arena are likely a big factor

(scotiabank place in ottawa is where i saw them)
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#15
Most people don't but you do see a few people wearing them. If you're nervous then play it safe and stick them in your pocket in case you need them. A gig should be enjoyed, not endured.

I don't wear plugs but I was at a hardcore gig last week and I can still hear (or rather not hear) the after effects. It didn't seem overly loud when I was there but I've been to loads of gigs and never had this problem before so I might take them next time just in case.

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#16
I wear earplugs to every gig I go to. I go to a local gig about 3-4 times a month though, so it's kind of important.

Seriously, earplugs are cheap and they will they save your hearing in the end.
#17
Always bring some with you. If at the gig you think it's bloody loud. You should stick them in.
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#19
Eh, I prefer having it super loud. I know a guy who followed Motorhead on a big tour and so ended up screwing up his ears but i've never really noticed a problem. I wore them at band practice in my old band but I just didn't think it was worth it when going to a gig, plus they fall out way too easily.
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#20
I always wear ear plugs to gigs. As well as preserving my hearing, I find it actually makes the music sound much clearer.
#23
I never go to a show without them. The one time I did, my ears were ringing for a week.
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#24
I always go with. Good earplugs that is

They lower the sound volume, and makes it easier to hear the nuances in the music, instead of just noise... Or that's just me!
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I was in an arena too and it was the loudest ive been to by far, the acoustics of the arena are likely a big factor

(scotiabank place in ottawa is where i saw them)

Amazing concert, extremely happy I had my earplugs.
#26
I haven't gone to many gigs recently but there was a stretch where I did one about every other month a year or two ago, the times I didn't wear earplugs my hearing was much worse for much longer afterwords. Plus, i felt like they helped get rid of some of the bass boominess, making the band as a whole sound clearer.
#28
The danger of Tinnitus should be reckoned as it can be anything from a slight menace that will bother you untill you get used to it, to the bane of one's existance. My tinnitus is a result of ignorance and the lack of information on the danger -- though the guitarist used way too much volume that also made the vocalist barely audible.

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#30
You never really know how loud it's going to be. I always take them with me, I don't always use them though.

edit: Quite a few people wear them and nobody's ever said anything to me about them, so don't worry about that.
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#31
No, It's smart. I'd rather be "made fun of" at a show than have hearing damage at 18 years old.
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#32
I didn't for a good while, then when I saw Iron Maiden last summer, my hearing was fvcked for about 2 days after. I forgot to bring them with me to Porcupine Tree last October, and while it wasn't that loud, even though it was in my students union, my ears were messed up for a couple of hours after. I'm bringing them to Maiden this year though
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earplugs make it worse for me. it just creates more air pressure, builds up ear wax and makes the music sound worse. that's just me though, you could possibly just need a new fog machine.


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#34
outdoors, Ive never thought it was even louder than my car stereo.

but shit, at tiny indoor venues like the unicorn, you better believe ive got earplugs. you can hear the unicorn like 2 blocks away, its like irresponsibly loud.
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#35
You should wear them all the time.. Imo, the sound get better and you don't get tinnitus, which is quite a pain sometimes.

EDIT: And pretty much anyone is wearing them.. At least to the concert I have been too.
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#36
I've had a temporary tinnitus, and needless to say, I'll consider earplugs next time I attend a concert.
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#37
That takes away part of the experience... what's a rock concert without having that nice, numb-ear feeling for the two days after, where you can still hear the band playing in your head? Kind of like as a kid, when you played Nintendo for hours straight, and that night when you closed your eyes to go to sleep, you could see the sprites and hear the music.
#39
i go to concerts about once a month if not more, usually at really small venues, and ive never worn ear plugs to any of them, my hearing is fine.

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#40
On the third day of a week long metal festival my ears were ringing pretty badly in the morning. I went along with scrunched up tissues for the end of the week :P
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