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hi,
what do you guys do or other musicians do, to not hurt your ears?...
this is in a bar,venue,band practice etc.

i always go to sleep with an anoying zzzzzzzz....
and i still hear it the next 2 days or one :?

thanx :wink:
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Obvious solution: Lower the volume.

If not possible,

Cheap solution: Ear plugs.

$$$ solution: Ear monitors.
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i always have my earplugs in my pocket. i never go to a party or concert without em. People think it's strange but i don't give a damn :D I protect my hearing, because any damage done is irreversible, your cannot be repaired or heal!
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I also carry ear plugs with me where ever I go. In pubs, bars and clubs I always use them. I'll even put them in when I'm on a noisy train/tram/bus since hearing damage is cumulative- i.e.damaging exposure adds up!

Despite this great care I lavish on my hearing, I tested my hearing recently and found that the highest frequency I can hear was only around 16KHz! I was pretty horrified and I dread to think what the hearing of people who go to gigs etc without ear plugs is like!

At least I can save money by not buying expensive HiFi etc with freq. responses @ >20KHz!
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Big Bad Bill wrote:
Despite this great care I lavish on my hearing, I tested my hearing recently and found that the highest frequency I can hear was only around 16KHz! [color]


wow that sucks! especially as a musician! i did a test too a short while ago and i got up to 18k,
allmost 19k, i know i hear something but i can't really 'hear' it yknow :p

my mom can't even hear 14k anymore!
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Js1000 wrote:wow that sucks! especially as a musician! i did a test too a short while ago and i got up to 18k,
allmost 19k, my mom can't even hear 14k anymore!
I should qualify this and say my hearing loss is the normal, or in fact slightly less for somebody of my age! I'm probably a similar age to your Mom!
Js1000 wrote:i know i hear something but i can't really 'hear' it yknow :p
You mean you can 'perceive' it but not really 'hear' it.

So even you (as a young person) shouldn't be wasting money on CDs or good HiFi or worry about the poorer quailty of mp3's since you wouldn't be able to hear it anyway!

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not entirely true about the quality of hifi and all, i believe the presence of certain frequencies will improve the overall sound, i doubt you really miss anything because anything in the 19-20K range will not give direct changes. The subleties of the sound will be less in that range, but it will have effect over the entire range i suppose... the sound will be influenced by those high frequencies...
i think :p
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I suggest you buy personal ear plugs (I don't know what they are called in english but that's a rough translation from finnish language). They're not the regular ear plugs,they're the kind of that are made especially for your ears. You don't really have to throw them away after use,just wash them and they are ready for use again. They cost more than the cheap ear plugs (not much still),but hey,you don't have to buy more of them (unless you want other ear plugs or lose them). Besides,you hear everything more clear than with regular ear plugs.
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how can you test your ears without going to an earologist?
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Js1000 wrote:not entirely true about the quality of hifi and all, i believe the presence of certain frequencies will improve the overall sound, i doubt you really miss anything because anything in the 19-20K range will not give direct changes. The subleties of the sound will be less in that range, but it will have effect over the entire range i suppose... the sound will be influenced by those high frequencies...
i think :p
That's what HiFi shop owners tell you! The fact is that you simply learn to cope with the loss-it's like being unable to see in the ultraviolet end of the spectrum-it'd be useful and alter the way see other wavelengths but if we lose it gradually, we just don't notice!
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Cleggy2005 wrote:how can you test your ears without going to an earologist?
You need specialist kit, I'm afraid-pure tone freq generator and an amp/speaker that can respond to high freq pure tones isolation room etc. If you're worried about your hearing, ask your GP for a referral to an Audiologist.
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Hear, hear. We're being surrounded with so many high-volume sound sources, leading a normal life may well damage your hearing irreversibly long before you're "due". Many moronic club owners and similar simply believe turning up the volume as the evening progresses will somehow make their place cooler. No thought goes into the cumulative effect.

At uni we had a sax player aged 21, and a vocalist aged 22 - both were already suffering from chronic tinnitus.
Scares h**l out of me.
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Js1000 wrote:i always have my earplugs in my pocket. i never go to a party or concert without em. People think it's strange but i don't give a damn :D I protect my hearing, because any damage done is irreversible, your cannot be repaired or heal!
SONny when you are an old man technology will have moved on and that will be false^^

yes but dont we ruin our bodies in life??? The number one killer in life is life itself ''hence my favourite quote ''Life Kills ya''

Well anyway if i cant hear past 10k so what....i dont listen to crap that goes that high :D


The only things i am worried about getting deafened by are the loudst and powerfulest!!!!!!!! TRUMMPETS!!!! hell yea they are fucking loud


And also the late ''Thin Lizzy'' line-up man they play fucking loud. ;)
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that's one way of looking at it, i suppose...

but why not just jump off a bridge now then, if all life means to you is dying...
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I always use a pair of phones on my ears...

That's a cheap an practical answer to your question..

And I play the drums so I can tell ya it works great!

I wear them every day...

And my ears are still working fine!


Shred On :guitar
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