unfortunately on our last gig last Friday and Saturday it was too loud and my tinnitus has substantially increased. I use IEM’s to try and block out the sound but unfortunately am subject to the monitor bleed of a somewhat deaf guitarist and the singer between us. Funny thing is everything is direct: guitar, electronic drums. Well not so funny considering the result. He has been making baby steps towards using IEMs but now I will unfortunately have to give him an ultimatum that I will not play any gig with a monitor wedge since he will always pump up the volume to a level that risks further hearing damage to me and the rest of the band. It’s his band (100%). So the only option for me is to have him adopt IEM’s. At last gig the stage was pretty small with ceiling mounted monitors. I unplugged the one facing me but the other two were also in close proximity. The sound was so bad for me I couldn’t hear $hit. I tried earplugs (Vic Firth) the second night and that one song was excruciatingly painful. They are probably only 15 dB of reduction. The mains only on one side of the stage on top of the sub, and I was right behind them. I’m wondering how much of my problem was related to that. Even if we’re all IEM’s I don’t want that kind of situation again. Would a plexiglass shield behind the speakers help? I’m not looking for advice on managing band relationships. I’m looking for advice on how best to manage stage volume for me so that I don’t incur more hearing damage. Thanks y’all!