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Old 2004-07-03, 03:42
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What do you do about saving your hearing?

I'm a drummer newbie and I just got my first kit today(WHOPEE YAY! ^_^ ^_^ ^_^). I practiced for 3 hours and now I'm close to vomiting now because it's so fucking LOUD! I didn't wear earplugs. I practiced on school kits before that and my teacher's kit and I never had this problem.

I spoke to a New Zealander on thursday who played drums for 4-5 years. He told me to get earmuffs because he's nearly deaf now.

My drum teacher lost a lot of his hearing, but now he uses custom made earplugs (they reduce 25 decibels(sp?)) and he wears earmuffs that remove just as much sound.

So, I'm wondering... About how careful are you with your hearing? I want to hear some gory warning stories too.
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Old 2004-07-03, 03:57
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im not a drummer, so i dont have that issuesince guitars and amps come with volume knobs, but when i wnet to see slayer 3 years ago, it was one of the first gigs i ever went to, it was FUCKING loud, and i didnt have any kind of ear protection, concequently i couldnt hear properly for a week
i ve been to gigs without earplugs since and they werent as bad
these days i always have earplugs for concerts, maybe im just paranoid, but i think my ears are already going, as when its dead silent i get ringing in my ears (and im only 19 )
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Old 2004-07-03, 04:23
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I have been playing for about 6 years, never worn earplugs and my hearing is fine, I think some people are more snesitive to the sound of drums than others but there is 2 ways to combat this, first buy ear plugs or the cheap option, learn to play soft, I cannot do 32nd ssrolls round the kit without playing loud, I envy Jazz drummers, because they can play fast as fuck, but softly, that takes great skill, something I havn't got alot of.....
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Old 2004-07-03, 06:34
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you should use earplugs, i started using them whilst drumming because my mom made me. But its important. Also with band rehearsal and gigs.
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Old 2004-07-04, 06:30
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Today a friend of mine came over with a guitar and industrial earplugs. 27 % volume reduction, just what I needed. I practiced all day today and I don't feel as sick as I did yesterday. My head still hurts very badly and I feel kinda sick. Maybe I should protect my sensitive hearing a little better.
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Old 2004-07-04, 08:51
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I use those alpine earplugs but I was born half deaf, I don't want to lose what I got left.
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Old 2004-07-04, 11:35
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Old 2004-07-04, 12:52
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I have these huge headphone like earplugs. Their used by the people who wave the planes by and shit. They work well for drummers. But i usually just use normal foam earplugs when we play loud, same for concerts, the earplugs acually help clear up the sound too... exspoecially in arena's wear the sound bounces off the wall.
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I've know a few drummers that never used hearing protection and all of them complain that their ears constantly ring with the sound of a cymbal crash.

Even small ear plugs will take the edge off loud music and that is enough to greatly reduce hearing damage. Drummers really need to use something. There are ear plugs made for musicians that make no difference to how the music sounds but greatly reduce the SPL ( sound pressure levels ) that causes hearing loss.
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Old 2004-07-04, 14:43
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Old 2004-07-04, 16:09
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it'll murder your ears if it has to
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Old 2004-07-04, 18:59
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Oooh, half assed flaming! Yeah, maybe he/she is being careless about his/her ears, but afterall, it's not your hearing that's going down the shitter.

While wearing ear plugs or ear phones the bacteria count in your ear multiplies by 700 every our. Ear infections galore.
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Old 2004-07-04, 20:27
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yeah I probably should get hearing protection, but I can't afford it, spen all my money on an Axis Longboard double kick, bloody worth it though!!!!
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Old 2004-07-04, 22:06
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The earplugs I have cost 4 AUD and they are made for light machinery operators. A friend of mine promised to get me some heavy machinery ear plugs from work.

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Noise-induced hearing loss - Hearing loss that is caused either by a one-time or repeated exposure to very loud sound(s) or sounds at various loudness levels over an extended period of time.

Acquired deafness - loss of Hearing that occurs or develops over the course of a lifetime; deafness not present at birth.


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Old 2004-07-05, 04:34
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While wearing ear plugs or ear phones the bacteria count in your ear multiplies by 700 every our. Ear infections galore.


what about cleaning your ears on a regular basis? Beats the shit out of being def when you're 30.
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Old 2004-07-05, 04:41
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Still doesn't help. I landed an ear infection. It hurts like fuck and I can't play. I scrape my ears clean every day. There should be a happy medium!
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Old 2004-07-05, 04:55
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when the infection's over buy new plugs (ofcourse), and clean your ears before and after you use em.

Or get those big headphone things BLS is talking about
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Old 2004-07-05, 09:51
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id just use proper bid headphones that fit into the input of any guitar amp. if it isnt enough fill em with tissue paper [the phones off course]

also, have you ever seen those gian pillow that are like 50cm thick and a meter by a meter long? throw them around the rome. lik 3-4, and they absorb sound easy. my cousin has a doublekick set so he needs about 5.

i normally go with headphones with the pillows. im only 14 and my ears eternally ring from my loud music, so ive toned that down and i use all the protection now.
and i think they are getting better! maybe cos im young or sumtin
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Oooh, half assed flaming! Yeah, maybe he/she is being careless about his/her ears, but afterall, it's not your hearing that's going down the shitter.

While wearing ear plugs or ear phones the bacteria count in your ear multiplies by 700 every our. Ear infections galore.


Same with headphones. If you have good hygene it wont matter.
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