#1
I've been playing for about a year and a half, and just now I've been practicing and I had this high pitched buzzing sound (like a cat repeller) in my ears. It's gone now, but could this be signs of tinnitus? What I don't get is, my amp isn't ridiculously loud, and it doesn't hurt when I'm playing. Also, it's only started happening when I've been using my effects pedal.
My stuff:

Cort X6
JLK Iridium
Peavey Valve King 112
Behringer V-AMP 2
#2
I get that from time to time and I wouldn't worry to be honest, I think it's only natural to get a bit of ringing every now and then but for safetys sake I would monitor the levels on your amp.
#3
if its in just one ear it may be because that you are sitting in the same place every time so one ear is getting all the sound. It wont be serious unless it continues for a long time
#4
It's always serious. Don't EVER take it lightly.
I should know, I suffer from tinnitus in my left ear and it is not fun.

It wasn't something that gradually happened over time either, it was just one day, BAM... and now it's 2 and a half years later.

Either turn down or buy some decent ear protectors.
#5
make sure both ears collect similiar amounts of ...well...stuff...Idk how to call it...I've been drinking.
and...make sure your VK isn't past 3-4 in a bedroom...cause that could be the problem.
and...maybe it's just cause of air pressure...bad weather and stuff you know...
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#6
What you have IS tinnitus. Tinnitus can be permanent, or temporary. It can be the side effect of many things such as other medical conditions, medication, ear wax build up, or exposure to loud noise. If you are exposed to loud noise, in your case, a guitar amp, you may get temporary tinnitus. That in itself usually seems miniscule as it goes away in a short time, but the problem is, that it is a sign that you have suffered an amount of irreversible hearing damage.

Like many people, especially in our world of musicians, you will probably get this a lot. Unfortunately, most people don't think much of it until it is too late. It can become a permanent condition.

I would suggest wearing some kind of hearing protection, or turning your amp down, especially if you are playing in a small space. If you have ringing, buzzing, whistling, etc, in your ears after you play, it was too loud for your ears to handle, and you have done damage to your hearing.

hopefully that is the information you were looking for.
Dirty Sanchez
#7
My volume is at 1 and a half at the moment, and considering it goes to 10 that doesn't seem much. Is there specialised hearing protection for playing guitar? Or do I just need to buy ear plugs?
My stuff:

Cort X6
JLK Iridium
Peavey Valve King 112
Behringer V-AMP 2
#8
I got myself some Elacin ER20 ear plugs. Do a quick search and you'll see they are recommended for musicians.


Edit 1: Or you could just do what Paul Gilbert does and wear big headphones; he's a long time sufferer himself.


Edit 2: Hmm, I can't find the site I got mine from, coz they certainly weren't ~£15 a pair.
Last edited by ChrisN at Jul 8, 2008,
#9
OK, thank you for the help guys.
My stuff:

Cort X6
JLK Iridium
Peavey Valve King 112
Behringer V-AMP 2
#11
OK, so I've played again tonight, turned the volume on my guitar down, stood further away, chosen a less harsh effect, but I've still got the buzzing sound in my ears. Is there something wrong with my effects pedal? Because this has never happened until I started using it.
My stuff:

Cort X6
JLK Iridium
Peavey Valve King 112
Behringer V-AMP 2
#12
Unless your running a 100watt amp with your volume set at 1 in a bedroom shouldnt be a problem. When you say it comes and gos like only when your using the pedal? And tinnitus can be pretty serious. Its a cumulative thing. And there is no fix for it. I got mine from shooting machine guns, blowing things up and of course to many loud concerts. If you dont have it do everything you can to keep from getting it.
#15
maybe is your pedal making the noise
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#16
Quote by ShredGod George
what kind of pedal is it?
a whammy that gets your pitch super high or something?

It's this:
http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~gei98012/imagens/Instrumentos&Material/v-amp2_big2.jpg
I don't know what a whammy is, but I mostly play notes on the top strings. I know nothing about effects pedals so I don't know if there's anything wrong with it.
My stuff:

Cort X6
JLK Iridium
Peavey Valve King 112
Behringer V-AMP 2
#17
Quote by Cachao
Has no-one considered his pedal is broken?

Well, we assumed that he could hear it when he wasn't playing as well.

You can hear it when you're not playing, right?
#18
certain frequencies, generally treble can be more harsh than others at low volumes.
Dirty Sanchez