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  • At the risk of sounding "preachy"

    Get this device!

    A "Sound Level Meter". It measures how loud the sound is. It measures how much damage you are doing to your ears at any given moment. My ears are 67 years old. Like many guitar players and other musicians, (and I don't just mean Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and other big name rockers,) I have tinnitus and hearing loss. As we age, ear damage is, basically, unavoidable. I didn't listen to music way too loud (much), nor did I go to a ton of concerts and stand by the speakers. And for the last 20 years, I've been really cautious about the abuse on my ears, e.g. wearing earplugs at gigs, concerts, when vacuuming the house, near power equipment, etc. But yeah, I have tinnitus and have measurable hearing loss according to the audiologists. Not enough for hearing aids (yet), but I notice issues in restaurants and in conversations. I probably don't need to convince any of you, but I suggest you may need to do more to protect your ears.

    You can get a meter like this Radio Shack version for anywhere from $20 up. I use it when I'm practicing or recording a piece to make sure I am not overdoing the volume. It's always nice to hear the sound loud; frankly, it's just better. But I force myself to keep it low.
    Here's a great article from Sweetwater:
    hearing_protection
    Bottom line: Rustling leaves: 25dB; Average conversation: 65dB; Hearing damage begins at 80dB; Busy traffic: 85dB (max 8 hours a day before damage); Lawn mower: 110dB (damage could start at 30 seconds); Rock concert: 120dB (damage 7 seconds).
    So I aim for 55-65 dB for my playing at my home studio. Same with the tv, and listening to music at my desk. My mother was really, really deaf before she passed away. It's a horrible impairment; especially for those of us that love music.
    Sound meter (Small).jpg
    Last edited by whispersinspace; 09-28-2017, 04:36 PM.
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    Always a useful topic. Here's a video Julian Bradley did on the subject recently.

    Graham
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    https://soundcloud.com/bassbus
    https://hearthis.at/graham-blanche-ov/

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    • #3
      there are some great apps for phones as well - very accurate. I use something something on my ipad and if i could be arsed finding my ipad i would tell you which one. But cooking dinner beckons and I've just got back from a few days in remote country (no phone reception, no internet) and I'm feeling quite tired and stuffed. But... making sure you arenot hearing above the threshold for "permanent tissue damage" is a must
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      • #4
        Hmmm... Got four gigs coming up in November... I do have a pair of those clear ear protectors shown in that video and when I gigged myself I generally did wear them. But when I go to watch other bands I never bother...

        As for the diet side of things, well, I'm knackered there too... I have never smoked but fatty food and chocolate is a problem...

        GregH Remote country? No phone or internet? Sounds like Wales! And you don't have to travel far to get there haha!
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        • #5
          BassBus: that's an awesome video, thanks... picked up a few good tips there. Didn't know about those "mild hearing protectors"; might look for a pair of those and keep them with me. Went to a (American) football game recently, first one in probably 15 years, and was shocked at how loud the PA and music and noise were. And I forgot my protection, so a lot of time with fingers in ears......
          Fender Strat; Taylor 814ce; PRS SE 277 Baritone; MXR Custom Comp Deluxe; EHX Pitch Fork; SA LA Lady; Boss FV-500H Volume; Ditto X2 Looper; TCE Flashback Triple Delay; Strymon El Cap; Strymon Dig; SA Nemesis; Neunaber Immerse; Strymon Big Sky; Boss RC-300 Looper; Fishman Loudbox Artist ; Blackstar ID 15:TVP amp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by whispersinspace View Post
            Didn't know about those "mild hearing protectors"; might look for a pair of those and keep them with me.......
            I have had a pair of them for some years now. They do cut quite a lot of top end but I find they really help to reduce ringing in the ears at a gig. They come in different sizes to fit different sized ears.
            Graham
            https://www.youtube.com/c/THEBassBus
            https://soundcloud.com/bassbus
            https://hearthis.at/graham-blanche-ov/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BassBus View Post
              Always a useful topic. Here's a video Julian Bradley did on the subject recently.

              "Ringing in the ears"
              OK, at the end of this video, there's an ad/link to a doctor's website where he claims to have a fix for ringing in the ears. I thought it was bogus, but I watched his short video and I tried it, and well, I think it might help!
              As I mentioned, I have ringing that comes and goes, mostly at a low-ish level, but after practice (which I do softly) or mixing (which I do softly), the ringing increases a bit. Never to a suicidal levels. But it's worth a try......
              Fender Strat; Taylor 814ce; PRS SE 277 Baritone; MXR Custom Comp Deluxe; EHX Pitch Fork; SA LA Lady; Boss FV-500H Volume; Ditto X2 Looper; TCE Flashback Triple Delay; Strymon El Cap; Strymon Dig; SA Nemesis; Neunaber Immerse; Strymon Big Sky; Boss RC-300 Looper; Fishman Loudbox Artist ; Blackstar ID 15:TVP amp.

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