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ElHombre
post Dec 16 2014, 05:39 PM
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Hey guys

I just picked up tinnitus. Atleast that is what I think.
I have had it for a month now.
It does not bother my everyday life, only when its completley quiet and there is no background noise.
Like when Im going to sleep

Unfortunatley it got a bit worse now and using headphones can be a bit annoying.
Especially since im using a very low volume right now.

Something important I found out and would like to share.
you will get used to certain sound levels if they are consistent

I have lowered the volume now on every single aspect in my life. And I for example still enjoy music
even though its very low. Now its the new "normal" for my ears.

I just for a second put on the previous volume I used. And oh my gosh, it was loud!
cant belive I have been listening to music that loud for such a long period.
I was used to it so It did not notice how high it was at the time

So my suggestion to the rest of you, check the volume you are listening too. and the level of your amp/musical interface
Have a friend listening to your noise level and see if they think its loud.

lower the volume some percentages!
might save your ears smile.gif


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Darius Wave
post Dec 17 2014, 11:04 AM
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Great topic man! Aside from being unhealthy, it kills the details. When You play way too loud you even seem to mismatch the frequency ranges - it's like You feel it high and but it's actually a high midrange where You try to place the kick attack etc. But the ear has blocked some of th treble end and You feel it's somewhere else smile.gif


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post Dec 17 2014, 02:44 PM
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It's pretty easy to control the volume of recreational music listening, but many of us have large tube amps that have to be cranked to 11 to get those wonderful tones from the power tubes. One way I am looking into to resolve this issue, at least at home, is to get an attenuation device of some type. I'm not experienced with live situations, so I'm wondering what precautions can be taken there without sacrificing tone or the ability to hear yourself in the mix?
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post Dec 17 2014, 03:09 PM
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You can use smaller wattage amps on stage as well. Lately it's very popular to use amp not exceding 30 Watts. For example H&K Tubemeister 36, Cornford RH30, Vox AC30, Orange AD30


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post Dec 18 2014, 06:19 AM
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I have had this for 10 years in my left ear. I just pretty much ignore it. It comes and goes In my case the cause was probably not self inflicted, just something that happened on its own. I just wanted you to know that in time you may be able to ignore it as I do, I can go a week or two without even noticing it sometimes.

A 30 watt amp is plenty loud cranked, half as loud as 300 watts. High Fidelity ear plugs cost $20-$30 on Amazon, some get great reviews. I think that exercise tends to reduce it. Not immediately, rather it seems to lessen when I have been good about doing my daily exercise bike routine.

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post Dec 20 2014, 09:55 AM
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Using in-ear monitoring can save your hearing a lot. You are completely isolated from the ruckus on the stage and your mix can have a decent volume. If you can invest in a pair of high end monitors, you will also have a great mix quality. I for one feel a lot better when I use them onstage, simply because the atmosphere matches the one at home - much more silence and control wink.gif


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