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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / What did you say????

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Jan 6th, 2019 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have had my hearing tested (as the request of the missus, who is tired of repeating herself). Found, as expected, loss in the vocal range frequencies.

Now that I'm back in bands, it has gotten worse, with constant hissing sound that occasionally gets very loud. So I've tried earplugs while playing. While they claim to reduce volume without altering the sound, I find that is not true. The high end seems totally gone. The sound of my guitar/amp that I love is so muffled with the plugs that I'm not enjoying it.

I have to decide if I will continue to play without hearing protection and risk more loss, or to use the earplugs and not hear the tones I'm producing.

It may sound stupid, but I'm going to forego the plugs and fully enjoy my music, accepting the risks. I'm 70, so I'm sure I won't be doing the band thing for too much longer so hopefully by the time I do quit I'll have some hearing left, even if I need hearing aids.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jan 6th, 2019 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe more acoustic stuff. I’ve backed off of a lot on the heavy loud music. Orr rehersal volumes are OK, but the guitar guy suffers bad volume creep, I gotta have my tone man.

I guess it’s a bit different for bass players, my best tones/sound are not dépendant of volume. For much of my life I couldn’t even hear the bass. Those old Fender bass amps were better for guitar and harmonica than bass.

Starting in the 80s I used earplugs when the band played.

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Jan 6th, 2019 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have audiologist fitted ear plugs and just changed the music filters recently. The new filters sound better, but it's still not like hearing with no protection (there's still a loss in the high end).

Considering my hearing is already substantially impaired, I'm using the ear plugs.

I'm starting to have real problems hearing conversations in certain settings. WHAT? indeed!

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Jan 7th, 2019 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I thought that high end ear plugs attenuated all frequencies equally.
It's disappointing to learn that it's not true.
"Now that I'm back in bands, it has gotten worse, with constant hissing sound that occasionally gets very loud."
Pretty much describes my situation except that when it briefly gets pretty loud it sounds to me like it's around 1K not the constant 10K that I don't find too invasive.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jan 7th, 2019 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is that feedback or tinnitus I'm hearing? ;)


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Jan 7th, 2019 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been wearing hearing aids for about 10 years due to a 50% high end loss. everything else is fine.My hearing aids automatically reduce volume as needed.They are ETC, in the canal and darn near invisible. I have no tinnitus.

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Jan 7th, 2019 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Spot on.

Modern hearing aids can be programmed to do a lot of things. For instance, maximum volume can be capped via compression and adjusted to your liking. Also, if you suffer loss of hearing in a specific range, say 10kHZ to 11kHz, that range can be boosted to the level you hear all other ranges. Likewise, ranges can be tweaked downward.

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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Jan 9th, 2019 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

The one thing I thank my younger self for was buying and wearing earplugs at band practices and gigs. We were practicing twice a week. I was 23 or so. Been wearing them pretty much ever since. And yes, as a bass player, I didn't need to hear those "piercing notes, way up high, on the tiny strings" exactly as they occurred onstage, but in my new band, I'm a guitar player, so I put them in once I got my sound dialed in.

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