Anyone here hard of hearing? Or personally know any musicians that are?

#1
I was just wondering as I have to go the doctor's tomorrow for my ears. My right ear's always been a bit shitty, it's something my dad has too so it must have passed on. Things like I can't hold the phone with my right ear, and recently it's gone pretty bad.
I was thinking I might have tinnitus or something - I keep getting a ringing in my ears especially at night, which kind of builds up and goes really loud for a split second and disorientates me.
I'll be really pissed if I get told to stop using my mp3 or something, but I think I'm gonna start using earmuffs or whatever they're called when I'm playing my guitar.

So basically, I was wondering if anyone here is hard of hearing, and if so how badly it affects you? With playing and stuff? Or like I said in the title if you know anyone else who is. I think I'd end up morbidly depressed if I went deaf, although if that happens I hope it's a long way off yet lol.


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#2
When I was little I used to have gromits to put in my ears, through surgery or something O.o and they incresed my hearing in both ears because I was a little bit deaf O.o but after about Primary 5 (Scotland) I didn't need them anymore, but I still get some ringing in my ears but not often.
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#3
I don't know them personally, but Pete Townshend, Paul Gilbert and Zakk Wylde all do. Now, Paul always wears those "extreme isolation" headphones, and Zakk can't sleep without the TV on.
#6
Cheers people, I knew Townshend has Tinnitus due to a certain Keith Moon, didn't know about Zakk or Gilbert though.

I hope I just need to get 'em syringed or something and don't have to change my habits, like I said.


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#9
I have tinnitus from playing too many shows without adequate hearing protection. As a professional musician it was very irresponsible of me looking back but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

I'd seriously recommend anyone who is regulary exposed to loud music to wear protection, your ears are your best asset as a musician and once you've damaged them you can never go back to how it was.