I can't remember seeing a similar thread so I thought I'd start one anyway. I'm curious to know if anyone else suffers with their hearing. I've had a problem with my right ear for quite a few years. It is gradually getting worse and I do worry about the thought of finally losing my hearing in that ear. It hasn't got to the point where I need hearing aids, but it may well come to that fairly soon. I know that many of you have mentioned that you suffer from Tinnitus. This is something that has driven me mad, especially after going to or playing at a loud gig, and as I'm doing that most week ends nowadays I thought it was about time I invested in some protection. I thought I'd test out a fairly cheap and cheerful type first, so I bought a set of Alpines. They are a generic fit, in other words one size should fit all, and they come with three clever little filters. The filters are colour coded and depend on the amount of noise that you are being subjected to. I tried the Silver filter first, and although it did protect my ears quite a lot, I soon upgraded to the gold ones. You must remember that I don't play with a pub band, these guys are serious stuff and we use an 8000 watt PA system...Now that's loud! I SAID THATS LOUD)) So after I changed the filter to the Gold one what was it like? Well I was quite amazed. I thought that I would have a problem hearing myself play but the sound of the sax drifted effortlessly through the filter and was a pleasure to listen to. I could hear the vocals, the harmonies, in fact I could hear everything very clearly, just at a very comfortable level. And when the gig was over? No bells, no whistles, and no screeching howls in my ears....AH...Bliss. What I want to know is does any one else use any form of protection (OOOH Er Mrs..... (just for you Jules) whilst they are on stage, and here's a picture of the ones I use. I got a fair amount of chainge from £20 for these, so I was well pleased.
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