Cymbals and guitar amps cause hearing damage. Loud snare drums too. Get yourself a good IEM setup and guess what? The cymbals go right into the vocal mics and that sound gets amplified right into your ears. If you take protecting your ears seriously and want to use EIM’s to do it (highly recommended) take these precautions: Be very careful making the transition to IEM’s. You need to gain awareness of exactly what is being pumped into your ears and that can take some learning. For beginners, I highly recommend having your own small mixer where you can control the EQ, balance, and volume of what goes in your ears. Consider lowering the highs on your monitor feed. Consider a separate line in for your personal sound (instrument and or mic) that can be eq’d separate than the other vocal mic’s. Remember, your ears go ‘numb’ with loud music so you’ll be tempted to turn up. Get in the habit of turning down a notch now and then. Start out by treating your IEM’s as earplugs and slowly add volume over time. Remember, you will feel bass from the room, don’t try and replicate the entire low end spectrum with your IEM’s - roll off some low end. IEM’s are absolutely a necessity for life long musicians who want to avoid permanent and instense ear ringing. Spend the money to get a high quality setup. And, be very careful to avoid hearing damage in your first couple of attempts by keeping your IEM’s levels low until you gain experience with the process. Remember, hearing damage is often caused by a single event - you can NOT count on any warnings. If your ears ring from a loud show for more than 12 hours you may have damaged your hearing nerves. You have 2 days to let the ringing stop or it could become permanent. So avoid loud exposures at all costs until it stops. If your ears are ringing after 72 hours than it’s likely permanent and will gradually subside over the next 3 years (but not go away) Rock on!