04-18-2013 04:14 AM
04-18-2013 04:31 AM
Occasional very loud noises like rock concerts may not damage hearing - the short term hearing loss afterwards is actually your ear trying to prevent damage.
Long term exposure is still bad though so keep the earplugs in if you enjoy practicing with that Marshall stack.
I think it's pretty safe to say that the majority here do not consume loud music in an occasional way. We probably all qualify as what they call "chronic exposure"....lol.
04-18-2013 04:52 AM
04-18-2013 05:49 AM
My tinnitus is from riding motorcycles, not music. Full-face helmet and almost always stock mufflers, but the wind roar is still horrific and damaging in the long run. I didn't wear ear plugs nearly enough.
04-18-2013 09:16 AM
04-18-2013 04:47 PM
I wear earplugs at shows, but I can't wear it while performing. Just can't hear myself at all. One day, I hope to be successful enough that I can actually use things like in-ear monitors.
I'm not sure what kind of earplugs you wear, but I used to have the same problem. I eventually went to an audiologist who fitted me for custom ear plugs w/ musician attenuators. They cost less than $200 and made a huge difference -- I can hear everything as clearly as I can without earplugs, but I hear it at a much safer volume.
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