Okay, here's the deal. My band is loud - and I do some singing.
I can play bass with ear plugs in. I can not sing. I've tried. I just can't sing with ear plugs in.
Iíve come to realize that Iíve done damage. Iím getting to a point where I almost cannot stand the ringing in my ear when I go to bed at night. I know Iíve caused damage, and I know I need to stop doing damage.
As far as I know, there are only two solutions to my problem.
1)Get the whole band to turn down.
2) Stop playing with the band.
After failing numerous attempts at number 1, Iíve been forced to go ahead with number 2.
Iím very sad about this, as they are all great people and the best players Iíve ever played with. This was a very hard decision for me.
I suppose that the 3rd option would be to refuse to sing any leads or backups so that I could use ear plugs 100% of the time. For some reason Iíd feel really bad about that Ė Iíve always thought that having backing vocals adds a lot to the band, and our lead singer has always voiced that he wants somebody else to sing leads on a few so that he doesnít have to do all of the singing all of the time. Iíd feel pretty weird about refusing to sing.
Iíll also feel pretty weird about going deaf. Iíve already given notice to the band (stating that I have personal and family reasons, and that I need to spend my time at home Ė I didnít want to bitch about anything else once I knew what I had to do)
Is there ANYTHING else I could do? Any magic way to sing with ear plugs in, or some type of magic ear plug that wouldÖ I donít, let through the lower decibel levels unaltered and only cut off the high decibel stuff? Has anybody had any success singing with ear protection? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.