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Ear plugs at shows?

Discussion in 'Non-Opeth Music Chat' started by BurningSky, Feb 13, 2007.

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ear plugs?

  1. Always

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  2. Usually

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  3. Sometimes

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  4. Opening bands only

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  5. Never

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  1. Koi

    Koi Member

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    i try to never forget them, although it happens too often... i have tinitus in my left ear, at nights it drives me crazy...so kids, wear protection.........
     
  2. in_absentia

    in_absentia Aurora Borealis

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    I'm half deaf. My hearing's only gonna get worse. I should wear them all the time. I don't wear them when i am doing soundchecks for bands etc. I don't feel the need to, although i should wear ear plugs or something during the gigs, but the only time i have protection is when i am wearing headphones to see what it sounds like when i am recording.
     
  3. Koi

    Koi Member

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    people are going to regret not wearing them when they loose their hearing at the age of 60, and can never hear the sweet sound of muzak again
     
  4. Kir-ir-Bannog

    Kir-ir-Bannog ...no ordinary rabbit

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    the average sound level of gigs here in the uk has dropped significantly since i was in my teens. The two opeth gigs i went to last year, you could hold a conversation with someone. Idot know ifthay have brought in laws for definate but it would seem that way.

    the loudest ive heard in the last couple of years was fear factory, actually made my ears hurt.

    I went to see motorhead 18 months ago and they were not as loud as they used to be, but when they left their guitars in front of their amps at the end, it was shocking, i actually put my hands over my ears for the entire duration of that feedback. I had actually bought ear plugs for that gig, but forgot to take them, this is the only time ive ever done it. My mates didnt cover their ears and they were much much worse in the days afterwards.

    Im convinced my hearing was affected by gigs and nightclubs in my earlier years. I can remember seeing motorhead in 1990 and was in front of lemmy's bass bin. I was partially deaf the next day at school and the ringing in my ears lasted 3 days. Definately damaged me.

    I was told that steve harris (iron maiden) is almost deaf these days.
     
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    ^ Yeah I once went to a gig in which I had a ringing in my ears for the next 7 days. I dont think Ive done any permanent damage yet but I really would like to avoid another week of constant ringing at all costs!

    Also, Ive been told many are driven insane once their ears are damaged to a point where the ringing doesnt stop, and kill themselves. Not sure how true that is, but I value my sanity, so the whole "grow a pair" mentality held by some is just stupid.
     
  6. derbeder

    derbeder in a vicious circle

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    never used earplugs.
    i went to see alec empire a couple weeks ago. it would have been good to bring ear plugs to that. but my ears didn't bleed too much afterwards. that was surprising.
     
  7. NubianGoddess

    NubianGoddess Cream Queen

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    never used them but going to get a nice custom made pair. I had such a bad experience during the Arnhem Metal Meeting. my ears didn't bleed but I had a headache for 4 days! no band is worth losing my hearing...
     
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    I have a custom pair. Had 'em molded in college. But I think the filters might be crap by now. I got them mostlyfor when my band rehearsed. The space was tight, so my right ear wasalways dangerously close to the drummers cymbals... (we practiced in a trailer). I often put them in for the opening act and take 'em outfor the headliner. Response doesn't seem so flat anymore. Good $125 spent backin 1993, though.
     
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    always. i have customs. cost 80$ aud (60usd). small price to pay to save my hearing
     
  10. AshDLS

    AshDLS Huh?

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    I just buy the $1 foam ones from the chemist, they work fine for me. I don't think they kill the sound at all - if anything I find it easier to hear what the band is playing than without them. And I'm not gonna get some special custom ones cause I'll just lose them, heh.

    The only time I've actually wanted something ear-splittingly loud was Merzbow. That was a surprisingly (relatively) quiet show. Strangely hypnotic, however.
     
  11. Phoenix5

    Phoenix5 d3v4s7a710n

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    Sometimes, mos def.
     
  12. Kir-ir-Bannog

    Kir-ir-Bannog ...no ordinary rabbit

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    yes its strange what a little by of muffling can do....i went to see nevermore and they sounded better in the toilets than in the room. I didnt hang around in there though people might have got the wrong idea.
     
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    Kir-ir-Bannog ...no ordinary rabbit

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    'tis called tinnitus my dear boy. Ive had it all my life as far as i can remember. I'm used to it. I only notice when i'm in bed and its all quiet.
     
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    NFU I like pie.

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    BurningSky rxbandits.com

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    They dont go insane and kill themselves. My dad has it. back when he was in college he went to see sabbath at some local school and when they played their first notes the speakers blew. Then they got new ones out there, they played again, and the speakers blew again. Ever since then, my dad has had rining in his ears.
     
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    Korlich So Judah fucked it up

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    I have tinnitus as well, its a bitch now since i have the flu and should be sleeping all the time.
     
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    prowlergrig AnoThoR Fan

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    i try to wear plugs as often as i can, especially if the band isn't that good.

    that's very probable :p
     
  18. in_absentia

    in_absentia Aurora Borealis

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    I also have tinnitus and i am half deaf. Oh dear :cry:
     
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    Tinnitus is no joke, folks. As people who love music, you really ought to take care of your ears. I don't go to many shows, so I'm not really worried about only wearing plugs for the openers. Hearing loss is generally a function of volume over time, and I haven't really piled up the hours.

    The other way we're all making ourselves more deaf is by wearing headphones and listening loud. This, I am guilty of, and it scares me a bit. I always try to listen as quietly as I can but still enjoy it. But I've done my share of lawn mowing with headphones on, and I have to crank the shit out of my iPod to be able to hear it over the growl of the mower. When I finish, my ears are usually ringing. I've taken to wearing over-the-ear headphones and consequently don't have to listen as loud. Best would be noise cancelling over the ear style headphones, I guess.

    I was told by the Joey Kramer's (Aerosmith) stepdaughter that he got a vacation home where the crickets masked his tinnitus (she said they were out of phase of them, so they canceled...but I doubt that was the reality of the situation in retrospect).

    Good article on tinnitus.
     
  20. fireburton

    fireburton New Metal Member

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    When I don't forget them, I wear them, since when Obituary teared my fuckin ears off!!!!
     

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