#1
Does anybody here do it?

I'm asking because today, our lead guitarist's step-dad came down and said we would end up damaging our hearing practicing in such a small room at high volumes. He brought down ear plugs and head-phones. The guitartists both put in ear plugs, and apparently liked playing that way. Has anybody here practiced with ear plugs before? Would you recommend it?
#2
Yes and yes. But for comfort/convenience reasons you can use those construction earmuff things instead of earplugs.
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#3
I always take earplugs to gigs.
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#5
When we play with an acoustic drum kit, yes always. Why would you not?
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#7
I have band practice twice a week, so i wear earplugs each time. Its not worth risking hearing damage. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but its not inconvenient. I dont wear them for all of my gigs yet but I should probably start. I definitely recomend them.
#8
I didn't know it was so common; I expected a bunch of people coming here to tell me it's stupid, to be honest. Seeing as my hearings still ****ed 5 hours later, I think I'm going to start using ear plugs.
#11
I have some but I don't wear them. I actually would like to wear them but it reduces the overall quality that I hear our rehearsals at to an extent where I might not enjoy the rehearsal.
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I have some but I don't wear them. I actually would like to wear them but it reduces the overall quality that I hear our rehearsals at to an extent where I might not enjoy the rehearsal.


you just need better ones; otherwise the hearing damage will add up and you'll regret not wearing them when you have tinnitus; i know i do
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#14
Mhmm, well our drummer is very very loud, and everything else is therefore very loud to get over them, so yeah, it's painful without, i've gone a song or two in our band practice without just to see, and it's just painful, i had to put them in.
#16
They make earplugs that reduce the volume evenly over the whole frequency range. They are a bit pricey, but if you're a tone snob and cant practice without hearing things just right, they might be worth the investment.
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Mhmm, well our drummer is very very loud, and everything else is therefore very loud to get over them, so yeah, it's painful without, i've gone a song or two in our band practice without just to see, and it's just painful, i had to put them in.


It's painful? I think there is another problem if it is actually painful.


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#18
If you practice consistently at loud volumes, definitely get them. One of my old Spanish teachers was partly deaf. He said it wasn't because of playing shows, it would because he would practice without earplugs. To make things worse, he was the drummer.

Made it pretty easy to get away with speaking English in class though.
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It's painful? I think there is another problem if it is actually painful.

-_- at really high volume it is pretty painful, especially cymbals... I've got to have my amp all the way up too, as does the other guitarist just to get past the drums ._.

At least i get that nice overdriven tone by having it so loud though.
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You might not even feel the effects of using earplugs until years later. Pete Townshend has tinnitus because The Who was one of the loudest bands around.

It was more his studio work that destroyed his hearing. Shows will do it over the years but hours a day playing through headphones at ungodly levels is what really does it.
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#22
Out of all the bands that I've been in, they have all played at loud volumes consistently. However, it has never been physically painful.
Maybe I'm just conditioned to it?
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#23
Maybe you shouldn't play loud when you practice.
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