Poll: Do you use hearing protection while playing?
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View poll results: Do you use hearing protection while playing?
Yes
20 33%
No
40 67%
Voters: 60.
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#1
Just wondering for curiosity's sake. Yesterday, on a whim, I put on my construction earmuffs and started playing. Maybe it's just that it sounded different from normal, but I liked the tone I was hearing a lot better, lol! What I noticed was that everything sounded much clearer and tighter -- my playing actually sounded tighter. I had my 6505+ with the post gain on "2" which is pretty damn loud. The earmuffs seemed to filter out some of the harshness and let me hear......more....for lack of a better term. It sounded more like the tone I would hear on an album. Has anyone else noticed this?
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#2
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#5
I never used to, but I've started using earplugs, more-so so that I can hear myself sing as I've started doing more backing vocals live. The protecting the hearing thing, is just an added bonus.

But if I was to gig more regularly I would definitely invest in a quality pair, as the I found the cheaper earplugs tend to lower the volume of certain frequencies more than others.
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^^Lol, why am I not surprised?

He's old and deaf, he doesn't need to.
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#7
I don't like using your run of the mill construction earplugs, I find that it just blocks out too much.

My band has been using a shure wireless in-ears setup for the past 8 months or so, and we love it. The headphones themselfs aren't exactly earplugs, but they do block out a lot of sound.

Even with my halfstack cranked up on stage right next to me, I can hear the whole mix fine; and theres no more ear ringing 2 hours after the gig
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#8
I've had some cheaper (+/- €30) earplugs in the past, but to me it seemed like I was playing underwater and I couldn't really distinguish any instruments from each other; Nowadays I play without, which is a problem... Just waiting for the moment I have enough cash to get a decent pair made.
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#10
I don't when i'm just playing, I wear protection at gigs and at band practice. So many rehearsal rooms and bars where local bands play have poor acoustics and it will surely mess up your hearing.

I have these in ear buds which cost about £30, they don't muffle the sound, I can hear everything a lot clearer. If you're gigging or just rehearsing, you should use them. You'll be thankful when you're 50.
#11
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I don't when i'm just playing, I wear protection at gigs and at band practice. So many rehearsal rooms and bars where local bands play have poor acoustics and it will surely mess up your hearing.
This. I always wear them at band practice because we have to play very loud to overcome our drummer in our room. It has what we can "shotgun acoustics" because its a long and narrow room and projects everything in one direction -- which is where we stand while we play.

At shows its hit or miss for me. They are always much quieter than band practice and even quieter for us than it is for the crowd, IMO, since we're behind the monitors projecting out to them and just have our amps, which are set pretty low because they mic them, and the stage monitors which don't need to be that loud because our amps aren't that loud.
#12
Sorry if I offended anyone (Linkerman) by making a repeat-thread. My suggestion is to simply move on and don't continue to read the thread.

The reason I tried it in the first place is I tend to set right in front of my amp with it elevated up on a bench -- so the speaker is almost directly in front of my head.

With my amp, it starts sounding good at about 1.5-2 on the post gain -- which leaves my ears ringing after not too much playing time. The earmuffs seem to allow me to get the tone I like without damaging my already-suspect hearing.
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#14
If you don't you should.

I didn't use hearing protection during a host of very loud activities when I was younger and I have permanent hearing damage to show for it.

There are some frequencies I can no longer hear, it's not worth it.
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#15
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I used to, but since my ear ****ed up it kinda hurts to wear earplugs, so i don't any more (but i don't play as loud, either).
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#16
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If you don't you should.

I didn't use hearing protection during a host of very loud activities when I was younger and I have permanent hearing damage to show for it.

There are some frequencies I can no longer hear, it's not worth it.


x2. I have a constant ringing in my ears and one distorts under load noises. I have to sleep with a fan on to kill the noise I hear constantly.

I'm only 31.

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#18
No it sounds weird with ear-plugs/protection.

Besides I was born when men were still made of good non-pussified parts.
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#19
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#20
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No it sounds weird with ear-plugs/protection.

Besides I was born when men were still made of good non-pussified parts.


Get the right ones then... I have a pair of Etymotics universal fit, and the molded ones with the changeable filters. I was very skeptical at first, but they really do sound like the room, just quieter. I can even have conversations with people while they're in, lol.

I don't practice at home with them, but definitely at practice and at gigs (depending on the gig).
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#21
I always wear hearing protection. Shooting, concerts, bar sluts; always gotta wear protection
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#24
I'm only planning to live to 60, so im not worried about long term hearing damage. I'm 23 and I already have slight tinnitus problems. I play out of a cranked tube out almost everyday.
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#25
"Do you use hearing protection while playing?"

If the question is about playing at home, then no.

But if it's about playing with my band, it depends. When we have band practices, the room is so small that everything sounds pretty loud. So in band practices I use earplugs.

I haven't played many gigs but all gigs I have played haven't been that loud so no earplugs needed.
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#27
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Bar sluts, hahahaha. I lol'd.


Which brings me to MY analogy. Wearing ear protection on stage would be like doing a bar slut with 3 condoms on at the same time. Wait a minute...that would be like...like....
necessary
I've already lost a bit of hearing from high stage volumes, but DAMN it's fun while you're playing. I don't know about you guys, but I pass hearing tests OK, but I can't understand people talking if there's ambient noise or other people talking close by. Can't disinguish individual conversations. Frustrating sometimes. Still worth it
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#28
I wear it when i'm playing with the band because i don't want to end up deaf or with tinnitus.

If i'm just playing on my own i don't really play ridiculously loud to the point my ears are ringing or anything so in that instance there is no need.

It's bad enough for the hearing to be having to play gigs where you're gonna inevitably be hearing a band soundcheck or obnoxiously loud music out of the PA in some places before you even go on, it's difficult to keep your ears protected at all times but over time all the little bits of damage will add up, and i really don't want bad tinnitus, my cousin has it and it sounds terrible.
#29
Some people are more prone to industrial deafness than others. I'm obviously not one of those people. 30 years of gigging in front of loud amps and my hearing is still fine for a man of my age.
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#30
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Some people are more prone to industrial deafness than others. I'm obviously not one of those people. 30 years of gigging in front of loud amps and my hearing is still fine for a man of my age.
I had tinitus for 2 years following a judo injury. I learned to ignore it.


Have you actually had a hearing test?
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#31
Not for a few years but I did a while ago and it came out ok and I haven't noticed any drop since then. A little down in one part of the spectrum in my left ear and that would have been from shooting high powered rifles and shotguns when I was quite young (the assymetrical nature of it is a dead giveaway). Nothing bad though.
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#32
Quote by Cathbard
Not for a few years but I did a while ago and it came out ok and I haven't noticed any drop since then. A little down in one part of the spectrum in my left ear and that would have been from shooting high powered rifles and shotguns when I was quite young (the assymetrical nature of it is a dead giveaway). Nothing bad though.


Mine is actually a significant notch for much the same reasons. I can't hear crickets anymore. Fortunately it's a high enough frequency to not ruin music for me but there are some tuning harmonics I can't hear.

Never thought I would miss that but I do.
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#33
Rifles and shotguns are pretty extreme. If somebody fired a shotgun at a Deep Purple concert you'd hear it quite clearly. There aren't many things that will **** you up quicker than a big rifle or a 12 gauge.
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#34
Quote by Cathbard
Some people are more prone to industrial deafness than others. I'm obviously not one of those people. 30 years of gigging in front of loud amps and my hearing is still fine for a man of my age.
I had tinitus for 2 years following a judo injury. I learned to ignore it.

Amps i can deal with usually, i hate the harsh treble off of cymbals though, anything up there that's loud around the 3 - 4khz piercing frequency area and it's almost painful, the feeling of that is not something i like, especially from a loud drummer when sometimes even a harsh sounding snare is similar.

Although I do know my singer has often gone for ages without earplugs in and as far as i know doesn't have tinnitus. Although he'd probably pretend he didn't if he did so it's hard to say >_>
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#35
never guitar, shotgun mufflers for drumming though.

i plan on getting some custom molded. but just haven't got around to it.
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#36
I'm a punk. Get caught wearing hearing protection playing punk and they'll take away your union card.
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#37
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#38
^^^^ yeah cymbals are a killer. i used to play the drums in school (and we had a couple of drummers) and one day i was just sitting listening beside the kit as the other guy was playing, and he hit the cymbal beside my head and i'm sure my hearing hasn't been as good since I didn't get tinnitus from it or anything, but just i swore my hearing was never quite as good afterwards.

Quote by Arby911
Mine is actually a significant notch for much the same reasons. I can't hear crickets anymore. Fortunately it's a high enough frequency to not ruin music for me but there are some tuning harmonics I can't hear.

Never thought I would miss that but I do.


just move here, i don't think we have crickets (or at least, I think we do, but they don't make that massive noise that they do in warmer places)
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#39
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x2. I have a constant ringing in my ears and one distorts under load noises. I have to sleep with a fan on to kill the noise I hear constantly.

I'm only 31.

You can't go back once the damage is done.


One of my ears distorts quite painfully under even moderate volumes, has done since long as I can remember, though I can hear as high as 26kHz in that ear. Is this normal? (21 years old)
#40
I actually play with a hearing protection because it hurts. But my ears are oversensitive to noise, just like my eyes are to light and my body to pain. Every time I step out of the door in summertime I have to keep my eyes closed for a few seconds because the light hurts. Same thing with music, I can't listen or play at high volumes without hearing protection.
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