Topic: HEARING Protection

Do you use any hearing protection for an electric guitar or if you play in a band? It seems like more and more are having the same hearing loss to some degree from loader sounds. I have noticed some who play in a band  seam to talk louder and louder in order to hear them self or who they are talking with at any time. 

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Re: HEARING Protection

Terrific idea to ask this question, CG, and it's something performing musicians need to think about seriously.

I don't play in a band and usually don't play very loud at home. However I do wear hearing protection when running power tools, since woodworking is one of my favorite past times. I find these ones (below) work best, and I'll just have them around my neck until I turn on the saw, planer, jointer, etc. They reduce the sound by around 25 db, which hopefully keep me from going deaf in older age.

http://lomerasolutions.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Earplug-HLeight-QB2-Headband.jpg     

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Re: HEARING Protection

Clapton !!!!
He is deaf now !

My hearing is impeded - patrly an inherited thing as most of family has the same thing - but I certainly should have worn ear protection around all the power machinery I used in my shop over the years ( I do now - but it's a bit late! sad  )     

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Re: HEARING Protection

Clapton !!!!
He is deaf now !

My hearing is impeded - patrly an inherited thing as most of family has the same thing - but I certainly should have worn ear protection around all the power machinery I used in my shop over the years ( I do now - but it's a bit late! sad  )

I would appreciate it if my fellow chordians would  type a little louder in the future !  smile 

Jim     

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Make your life count, and the world will be a better place because you tried.

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Re: HEARING Protection

When I hit 30 I started taking ear protection seriously. I have a custom set of plugs from my audiologist that doesn't impact sound quality. I take them to concerts that I attend, concerts I play, and other loud places such as Chordiestock after 11pm. smile     

Re: HEARING Protection

Tenement Funster wrote:

Terrific idea to ask this question, CG, and it's something performing musicians need to think about seriously.

I don't play in a band and usually don't play very loud at home. However I do wear hearing protection when running power tools, since woodworking is one of my favorite past times. I find these ones (below) work best, and I'll just have them around my neck until I turn on the saw, planer, jointer, etc. They reduce the sound by around 25 db, which hopefully keep me from going deaf in older age.

http://lomerasolutions.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Earplug-HLeight-QB2-Headband.jpg

I have the same type.

I started working in the tree care industry in 1982. Lots of noise from chainsaws, wood chippers, etc. I never gave a thought to hearing protection until someone gave me the banded ear plugs. They are so convenient hanging around your neck when you need them. I never used them at concerts but I'm never without them when I'm running equipment. I'm sure they've added years to my hearing ability.     

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In my teens I attended lots of very loud concerts and walking home my ears would be ringing like the bells of a thousand churches! The ringing would be gone by the morning but at 67 the ringing is there constantly. I don't think I have any significant hearing loss for my age. I do get asked to repeat what I've said, I think that's due to Ann's hearing deteriorating, don't tell her I said that!

I've played many loud gigs but never been stupid enough to get too close to the speakers. I play a lot quieter now.     

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Re: HEARING Protection

I am glad so many have and still use protection. I recently got tested and I am lucky to have  very good hearing that the doctor who checked me said I had better than normal  hearing.  I have been to many concerts and even then I wore ear plugs and at the time I think I was the only one there who wore the plugs .     

Music is what feelings sound like.
Music is life, that why our hearts have beats.