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show of hands. me
Yep, me. I'm actually going for a hearing test next week, be interested to find out the extent of the damage.
you're going for a leering breast next week? alright you let me know the extent of the ramage
Early teens at punk and metal shows in the Underworld. Mid to late teens sandwiched between bass bins at hardcore raves... My ears never stood a chance.
yep, its pretty bad too. couldn't hear a thing anyone was saying in the pub last night. people must think I'm being rude not talking to them, but I really just cant hear what they're saying.
played drums when I was a teenager + going to lots of gigs. started wearing earplugs now though.
really loud band and really loud gigs for like 13 years now. proper dodged a bullet
it's not too severe but it's there. i bought earplugs after seeing lightning bolt without them and i couldn't hear anything at all for a day afterwards, which was terrifying. i can't believe i went to prurient and a bunch of other noise shows without earplugs in 2005/6. so, so stupid.
and that's just the wife [/circuit comedy]
Having tests myself on New Years Eve of all dates. Not joking about the whine. I have to lean into conversations to hear things. Petrified about losing my hearing.
but I can only hear it if its quiet, or I deliberately try and listen to it.
i cant go to sleep without some other exterior noise. It used to drive me crazy but i dont think about it too much now.
in shitty concrete rooms and not taking care of myself. I wear semi decent earplugs now at gigs and at practices and in general it's okay, if anything I can hear a band more clearly when wearing them
what earplugs do you use?
I like these http://www.proplugs.com/
I've been wearing earplugs to gigs since 2003, after I thought I'd damaged them at Cambridge Junction seeing the Bosstones and Snuff.
I'm amazed at the number of people who don't. Got ER-20s; they really help take the edge off, clear up the sound (most of the time). Although, Hell is for Heroes last week was dreadful sound quality, seriously fucking shit. My mates kept saying to take my earplugs out, but it sounded even worse.
goodnight everybody! *waves to studio audience, exits through the gift shop, roll credits*
never mind, bacon and eggs soon
I sort of stopped worrying about it for a few weeks and realised that I didn't notice it at all.
I do always make sure that I've got my er20's when I'm at gigs and band practice, etc, though.
cocktail sticks stuck into your ears.
Small price to pay though, I suppose.
Been playing drums in various groups for a good 3 years never using any sort of ear protection, and regularly going to gigs that leave 'em ringing for days on end.
I'd go mad if I started to lose my hearing, probably have a breakdown or something.
They're uncomfortable and I don't like how they stick out. So I invested in some docs pro plugs recently. Much more discreet and comfortable
I've found that over time they kind of mould to the shape of your ear. I definitely have a right and left ear plug. In the correct ears they're really comfy. The sound you get through then isn't the best, but they're terrific value.
Spending my late teens down the front of gigs & dancing next to speakers didn't help, and working in a call centre was a really stupid idea too.... Have been wearing earplugs to gigs for years now so it doesn't bother me too much, I think not listening to anything on in-ear earphones has really helped too - those wankers blasting their ipod at the back of the bus are going to suffer in future, believe me.
than them going in your ear.
if you get decent ones it makes the world of difference.
I find that with well made (sealing) earphones I can listen to things at a much lower volume than I used to, as they block background noise so well
Might just spend the rest of my life going to pure wet acoustic gigs to save my ears from further damage.
and struggle slightly to separate sounds when there's a lot of noise, but not too bad. I do forget to take my ER-20s to gigs quite often though :(
I think I have mild tinnitus but according to this I do not suffer from hearing loss.
I don't really notice it anymore though unless I go see a band, which is pretty rare these days
but I can't hear that really high pitched "sound grenade" app, my friends mock me for this.