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I Need a Pep Talk

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Oct 27, 2013.


  1. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

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    I went to an awesome concert this weekend, but I've come to realize I need to get some solid ear protection. I realize this is the smart and mature thing to do, but I still hear my immature self saying that earplugs are for dorks.

    I mean I'm only 20, but I have 15 years of concert damage already. And I can get them in a flesh tone, and with my hair down no one will notice them. And I'll be able to enjoy music for the rest of my live which should be 50-70 more years. And with good hearing I can go hang out in France more.

    Anymore pros I'm not thinking of?
     
  2. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

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    Just buy them. Anybody who would mock you for wearing ear protection is a moron.

    Trust me, tinnitus is no fun. Deafness is worse.
     
  3. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life. Supporting Member

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    +1
    Function over fashion.
    The day the ringing doesn't stop is a nightmare.
     
  4. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Speaking as someone who suffers with tinnitus, just get the damn things and screw anyone with an opinion on how it perceives you to look.
     
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  6. DanAleks

    DanAleks Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult Supporting Member

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    I used to tell people "I'm a musician. My hands and my ears are my tools. I take care of both because I need them."
    turning your back on them adds punctuation...
     
  7. russpurdy

    russpurdy

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    I've worn earplugs since I was 16. Bright orange and everyone can see em. Most concerts I go to are blisteringly loud and the band has the treble cranked. Earplugs help attenuate that. I wear them onstage often when playing as well. Every once in awhile you get lucky and see a band that is so dialed in you don't need earplugs. The Sword was one of these bands. I pulled my earplugs out just to see how they were sounding and I didn't need to put them back in. Just grab a pack of disposable foam plugs and call er good!
     
  8. Lo-E

    Lo-E

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    Custom earplugs = best music investment I ever made.
     
  9. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm 54 years old, I've been gigging for 38 years. I started wearing hearing protection at age 40 when I realized that I'd developed some hearing loss. My hearing has remained about the same for the past 14 years. I really regret that I didn't figure it out at an earlier age.

    You have it figured out already, just do it.
     
  10. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    My biggest complaint is singing with ear plugs. I'm having a hard time getting use to that. I have custom plugs with a 9 db filter.
     
  11. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life. Supporting Member

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    9 db cut isn't much at all...
     
  12. Bassic Playing

    Bassic Playing

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    I have a pair of custom molded ones. They are comfy enough that I don't feel them when they are in, and extremely. I played with a band for 3 months without them noticing recently.
     
  13. Rocker949

    Rocker949

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    So true.
     
  14. ProgRocker

    ProgRocker

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    I have custom plugs too. Yeah, people notice them. Think they're hearing aids. People ask if I have a hearing problem, I tell them they're ear plugs and I wear them so I won't have hearing problems.

    When asked what they cost and I tell them $120 (I've had over 15 years now), I'm told that's expensive for ear plugs. To which I respond " How much is your hearing worth?" Or: That's a lot cheaper than hearing aids (which don't help with damage from high decibel exposure an audiologist told me).
     

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