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#1
Do I need to wear earplugs when playing a tube amp?
was just reading the manual and said that I need to when using the amp.

In this case a peavey classic 30

im mostly gona use it on low vol lvls, but if i just go a little higher will that still damage my hearing?
#2
well if your playing at like bedroom levels ... no... even slightly higher no... but a jam/gig levels you definitely need earplugs
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#3
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well if your playing at like bedroom levels ... no... even slightly higher no... but a jam/gig levels you definitely need earplugs

+1. You love music right? So protect your hearing so that you can hear it when you're 30. All my friends think its funny that I use them but I'm gonna be laughing in their faces when they're deaf and I'm not.
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#5
No, unless your get that cranked up to gig level. Even then it won't really damage them, its mostly the drums that do the damage, unless your louder than him. I wear plugs at every band practice.
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#6
Ive never worn earplugs. Practices and gigs arent all that loud if youre doing it RIGHT. And by "right" I mean not trying to overpower eachother by cranking amps, which in turn makes the drummer hit harder, which in turn makes the other guys play louder...etc. Practice moderately, just like you would play to record an album or play a show.
#7
I don't wear them, the ringing in my ears usually leaves in an hour
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#8
As said, at low volume levels (playing in your bedroom) I don't think they'd be necessary. But at gigs you should definitely use them. The ringing may never go away.
#11
I don't use earplugs for gigs and while recording. I like to be able to hear my nuances.

For jamming out and loud practicing, I always wear em.
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#12
I wear a pair every practice session and gig i play at.
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#15
i find that wearing ear plugs while jamming with my band clears everything up anyway, id definitely recommend wearing them, just remember to be considerate of those around you (family members, roomates, neighbors, maids/cooks/girlfriends) when you crank it
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#16
unless your standing in front of two stacks i wouldn't stress ear plugs
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#17
Same here!
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#19
i wear ear plugs and shooting ear "muffs" when i crank my amp ( carvin x-100b through a marshall 1960av) then again thats standing in a 12x15 room with the thing, band practices just earplugs though cuz i dont need to crank it (i leave the volume at 10 in my house though cuz i live on a farm so i can be as loud as i want)
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#20
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If i had tinnitus i'd probably go crazy or kill myself. I could barely stand when someone cracks their knuckles doubt i'll be able to handle a ringing for eternity. That's like some cruel and unusual punishment right there, reminds me of when they would take their prisoners and just drop droplets of water on them once every minute. Worst kind of suffering right there. Please kids wear your ear plugs .
#21
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It says if your uncoftrable, i usually stand away from the drums unless we get into jammin
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#22
well ive been playing out for about 5 or six years now. i just started wearing earplugs because my hearing is really starting to get bad. (Im 20)
I highly recommend them for gigs, and full band practices.
a drumset is anywhere from 100-150 decibels. if your around 120 decibels for more than one hour you start to get hearing damage. when this happens too often, if becomes permanent.

just wear them, i dont care if you think its Punk or metal or rock and roll to not wear them. just wear them.
#23
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well ive been playing out for about 5 or six years now. i just started wearing earplugs because my hearing is really starting to get bad. (Im 20)
I highly recommend them for gigs, and full band practices.
a drumset is anywhere from 100-150 decibels. if your around 120 decibels for more than one hour you start to get hearing damage. when this happens too often, if becomes permanent.

just wear them, i dont care if you think its Punk or metal or rock and roll to not wear them. just wear them.




I just started noticing how many artists actually do use them, even younger ones like Paul Gilbert. Buckethead has probably got them somewhere attached to that mask/bucket.
#25
Well i just read the thing one wiki... Whats funny is i told the doctor about the constant ringing and they were like we don't know what it is. Learn something new everyday... Now back to my constant ringing lol
#26
I never used them for jamming - i hated the way they made everything sound. Same for concerts but I probably should have. Still my hearing is still pretty good and I saw most of the really loud metal acts during the 80's. What's really bad are earbuds for Ipods and similar things. Listening to them loudly all the time is a worse that seeing AC/DC (they are insanely loud).
#27
they make musical ear plugs that reduce the volume without changing the way you hear the sound.

they cost like twice as much but they last longer too.

basically worth it
#28
i wear ear plugs whenever i play with a drummer or it starts to hurt... you should go by that lol
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#31
Iv got the tinnitus real bad; but my ears are too small for most ear plugs and when I'm wearing them they fall out when I sing so, what can yer do. lol.

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#32
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Iv got the tinnitus real bad; but my ears are too small for most ear plugs and when I'm wearing them they fall out when I sing so, what can yer do. lol.

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How can earplugs be to big? If your ears are smaller, the plugs will fit in there tighter and stay in well.
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#33
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How can earplugs be to big? If your ears are smaller, the plugs will fit in there tighter and stay in well.

i think i know what he means. sometimes when you sing with them, your ear canal opens and closes and they fall out.
also when your ear holes are real small, the plugs wont comfortable go all the way in, so after i while they pop out.
im sure there are some earplugs out there that would work though
#34
my drummer goes to an "audiologist" (is that real? i cant be arsed to look it up) and said that he got fitted earplugs so maybe try something liek that? i just use basic ear plugs though they fit fine lol
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#35
i hope not! the guitarist in my band uses a classic 30!
Get off this damn forum and play your damn guitar.
#36
Ive already been told that im developing tinnitus, now i regularly wear them at practise...but not at gigs, it kinda ruins the atmosphere by cutting out the mids.
#38
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If i had tinnitus i'd probably go crazy or kill myself. I could barely stand when someone cracks their knuckles doubt i'll be able to handle a ringing for eternity. That's like some cruel and unusual punishment right there, reminds me of when they would take their prisoners and just drop droplets of water on them once every minute. Worst kind of suffering right there. Please kids wear your ear plugs .

I have tinnitus... you get used to it.
#39
Playing low-level - of course not. Gigging / practicing with a drummer - Hell yes! Just go out and buy some damn plugs.

Pick up a USD $15 set of Hearos (they are designed to lower dB's without sacrificing tonal qualities and instrument frequencies)

Every member of my band uses them - they are GREAT!

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