Whether you’re a mathematician or not, you don’t need to fully grasp the logarithmic function of the decibel to know when you’re in the presence if really loud noise.
In fact, the two fears baby’s come out of the womb with instinctually are a fear of falling and a fear of loud noises.
But dismal repetition in a job, a disdain for inconvenient safety habits, or a passion for music can have life altering longterm effects that you never think about when you’re young.
Shoot, who doesn’t love feeling the music? There’s nothing quite like low end pumped through 20″ speakers a few feet from your gut. Or how about that electric guitar blowing you off your feet? (Need I bring up Back to the Future?).
After yesterday’s review on my Alien Ears, I got a great note direct from Andre Belloise, head of AE. Aside from his (and Yolanda’s) kindness, he mentioned some things I felt were worth passing along.
With his permission, I’ve pasted them below:
“Musicians must be made to realize how important it is to protect their hearing.
“This is my mission in life now. I have severe hearing damage (higher end freq) and really, really loud tinnitus
“It sad that I am supposed to be wearing hearing aids now at the ripe old age of 47! Drumming and singing in loud nightclubs did it to me, especially banging cymbals around.
“If you get a chance, tell all your musician friends to get into some sort of hearing protection!”
Notice he didn’t say “buy my IEMs!”
Just get hearing protection.
I grew up playing 4 hours of drums everyday; but my dad made me wear big shotgun earmuffs. Today, I make Judah wear the same things. But after 20 years recording and touring – while I’m sure I have some damage – I’m in much better shape due to my father’s firm belief in hearing protection, which became my belief.
Gang, if you’re habitually around or listening to loud music, watch your listening volume (there are even free SPL measuring apps for the iPhone and Droid that are pretty accurate). And for goodness’ sake, use some ear plugs, or better yet, visit alienears.com ch: