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Old 12-19-2010, 08:07 AM
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Yes, Take it from a guy who has been going to metal shows for 26 years. Wear ear plugs!!! It doesn't make you a pussy.

Do it now while you guys are still young. I promise that you will have noticeable hearing loss if you don't. Especially as many concerts as some of you guys go to. I have hearing loss from loud concerts. Especially in my right ear. I know by the time I'm in my 50's or 60's I'm going to need hearing aids.

The last time I forgot ear plugs was Heaven & Hell/Megadeth in '07. My right ear hurt for two weeks.

I just use the cheap orange foam ones you can buy at CVS or any drug store. They come in a pack of 12. I've had the same pack for a few years. I keep it in the glove box of my car so I always have them.

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:10 AM
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I've been to 80+ shows, never worn earplugs, rarely stand back from the stage, and I haven't noticed any ringing except after only the loudest shows, and never for more than a couple hours after the gig.


I do, however, have to ask people to speak up all the time. My story is that a lot of people are mumblers who don't enunciate, but I'm probably going deaf.
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:17 AM
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Don't be afraid to wear ear plugs at shows, it's much better than going deaf.



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Old 12-19-2010, 08:36 AM
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I usually only wear ear plugs for shitty openers, but now that I think about it, I always hear their music better with ear plugs in than the headliner's music without ear plugs. I always get ringing in my ears after shows but for some reason after the Arsis show on Thursday there was no ringing at all. I was front, center stage the whole show, too. But yeah, I'll probably start bringing ear plugs from work to shows for all my friends and I.

Speaking of Arsis, I wrote a long ass review of the show on Thursday and when I pressed the Submit button my computer fucked up and it didn't post.
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:43 AM
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Yeah, I've always laughed at the concept of wearing earplugs, too, but recently I've started wearing them, after I had a scare at the Every Time I Die show- my ears rang for 2 and a half days.
Actually, I already have tinnitus. It's not horrible, but when I'm in bed I hear a pretty loud hum in my ears. I only hear it when it's totally silent, though.
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:49 AM
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I've been to 80+ shows, never worn earplugs, rarely stand back from the stage, and I haven't noticed any ringing except after only the loudest shows, and never for more than a couple hours after the gig.
Pretty much the same here but I do wear ear plugs for any openers that I don't care about.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:00 AM
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I've worn earplugs to every one of my fiftyish or so shows I've been to and I have no side effects. The earplugs at my local Walgreens are great when used correctly and they don't muffle sound at all. I want to be able to hear my kids speak one day, so I will wear them as long as I go to concerts.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:03 AM
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I've been to over 80 shows, used to go to a lot more when I was younger. I've never worn earplugs to any of them. I played in a death/thrash band for about eight years, tried wearing earplugs but hated it. The only time my ears rang was after I saw Sepultura and was standing right in front of a speaker for the entire set. (Although come to think of it, I guess I just got used to the ringing after practices - but it was never enough to keep me up at night or anything.) My hearing isn't the greatest, my wife often has to repeat herself -- but hey, what wife doesn't? Am I right? Lol, anyways, I would actually recommend wearing earplugs. I never noticed any significant damage, but I'm sure it's been done.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:09 AM
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Can you recommend a decent pair that doesn't make the sound suck?
Doc's Pro Plugs. The ones with the vent. Been using them for five years. Not only do they prevent ear damage, they have made every show I've been to since using them sound BETTER. I got a set for my brother for the occasional show he comes to and he says the same thing.

For people who find their ears ring for a bit after a show but it doesn't last, it doesn't matter that it doesn't last. If your ears ring at all, the damage is done. Every time your ears ring that's a frequency you can no longer hear.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:16 AM
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Yes, Take it from a guy who has been going to metal shows for 26 years. Wear ear plugs!!! It doesn't make you a pussy.

Do it now while you guys are still young. I promise that you will have noticeable hearing loss if you don't.
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I just use the cheap orange foam ones you can buy at CVS or any drug store. They come in a pack of 12. I've had the same pack for a few years. I keep it in the glove box of my car so I always have them.
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...and this. Wear ear plugs, seriously.

A trick I have learned is that if you seat them really well in your ears, you'll get maximum protection but you might miss some of the high end, which makes the sound seem as if you're hearing it through a wall. This is a good thing, though - because it's mainly the highs that do the most damage (although lows are also bad if you're really close to the source, so basically you should stay the fuck away from any speakers which are bigger than you ). Sometimes, I pull the plugs out just a little, and I notice I can hear the highs a little better without getting the buzzing and the pain that accompanies hearing loss. If I find just the right happy medium, it actually makes the show sound better, as others have said. I don't get any ringing, I can hear fine after the show, and I enjoy the sound and the overall experience a whole lot more.

I'm betting that the plugs Ravenheart mentioned accomplish this same thing without having to fuck around with them, so those might be a good idea as well. I'd just hate to lose a pair of expensive ones, so I'll keep dicking around with the cheap orange foam ones, because I can get as many of those I want for free from work.
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