Okay, so I am going to start writing audio editorials and will cover the areas I deem important. If you have questions to be answered in this forum, please send an e-mail or go to the Facebook page and ask there. I love audio and have done it for over 25 years and as this forum goes, I will share my advice, as well as experiences.
On my first column here, I want to discuss about hearing safety and how important it is to you and me. Loud volumes can ruin your ears, and you don’t want to get older and have problems that will interfere with your music. I will say it several times, YOUR HEARING CANNOT BE REPAIRED ONCE IT IS DAMAGED. Pay attention to your ears, they are what allows to play music. Wear fucking earplugs.
No matter what instrument you play, earplugs are very important. Drummers tend to lose hearing in the 1k area up to 8k from cymbals. Drummers tend to have more hearing damage than most musicians. The snare and cymbals are very abrasive especially for genres like metal; with the mix of a loud kit along with a loud monitor next to you, your hearing can be ruined for life. Wear earplugs.
Many drummers now buy headphones and get an in ear mix from house or mix their own. Singers also are at great risk of loss of hearing, and hurting their voice. As singers go, the longer they sing with a monitor, the more they will strain and hurt their voice. Earplugs help singers, and in-ear monitors make a world of difference as you hear yourself clearly and at a volume you can deal with. I strongly advise all singers to use in ears.
Guitar players tend to get damage between 600 to 6k. Loud guitar can seriously fuck your hearing up. Maybe because the amp is behind you? TRY PUTTING YOUR AMP ON THE SIDE OF YOU. I will discuss stage volume in another forum but yes you too. Wear some fucking earplugs.
Go to your phone’s app store and find an SPL meter. Don’t guess how loud you are, KNOW how loud it is, and either fix your stage volume or protect your hearing. Once it is damaged, it cannot be fixed. Don’t wait like a dumbass until you notice signs of damage, because by then you will be screwed. If you are involved in music, then your ears are the most important part of your body.
SPL METER: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keuwl.splmeter&hl=en
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR VOLUME LEVELS AND LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING CHART TO SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR YOUR HEARING TO START TAKING DAMAGE.
I would like to add one more thing: headphone volume can be equally as bad as the speakers are an inch from your ears. Any non-musicians attending a concert should always bring earplugs.
Hopefully this will raise awareness for you and for anyone you share this with.
– Jeff Fischer, an audio engineer
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