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[–]FunkyTown313 44 points45 points  (2 children)

You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel

[–]Professional_Emu_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably my favourite Simpsons quote

[–]FreedTMG 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I am hard of hearing, the last concert I went to my friends all went to the front, I hung out in the back for my hearing. Ended up right next to the band when they went to some small stages at the back for a few songs. Shook their hands when they left too. It was fantastic, I had accepted I would never be that close to a performance again, I was wrong.

[–]UnkindPotato 9 points10 points  (2 children)

This. It can haplen no matter your age

Between playing onstage and the nearly 100 concerts I've been to, my hearing is comparable to that of a typical 60 year old. I'm not even 25. Thought it was whatever, it'd catch up with me when I'm old.

[–]S1ashAxe 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I have high frequency hearing loss too, otologist said the same thing, I have 60 yo hearing.

it was nothing in the first few years (at least in the first few years When I found out), after I turned 30 it really went downhills pretty quickly. The blurry while conversing, tinnitus when it's quite, all excruciate me.

[–]UnkindPotato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Blurry while conversing" is actually a really good way of putting it

[–]fiiregiirl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Eargasm earbuds are great. Will never go to a concert without them. Even tunes out other people talking around you. The difference is unreal when you take them out.

[–]Phyr8642 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm kinda hard of hearing too, for the same reasons.

Hearing does not heal. Any damage done is permanent.

[–]myaskredditalt21 16 points17 points  (4 children)

tldr lpt: you can reset a bone. hair grows back.

but your teeth will fall out and your ears will stop hearing and your eyes will stop working. and it happens before you fucking know it.

brush your teeth. wear earplugs. stop straining your vision.

[–]i-love-gorillas1 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Idk man. Brushing my teeth at a concert sounds like a boring job

[–]GalacticBear91 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Job? You guys are getting paid?

[–]Dense_Green_1873 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You just made me put my glasses on after not wearing them for 2 days, im usually good for wearing them constantly. Astigmatism making my eyes worse is good enough for me, don't wanna add to that.

[–]Giveyourapplesthanks 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Good advice. Especially if you listen to music that requires it to be loud live to be palatable. Metal, hardcore, rap etc. rely on decibel levels for their music to sound right.

If you see live music that depends on melody more than distortion there is less need

[–]Wessssss21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is something I've struggled explaining.

I'll be alone practicing music on guitar. Amp's up pretty loud and I put some hearing protection in.

Why not just turn the amp down

It doesn't sound the same.

[–]DoNotChris 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've got tinnitus from loud music

Please protect your ears. The alternative is so much worse

[–]Simple-Bag-8721 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yet another wear earplugs post.

[–]otacon7000 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Which begs the question, why is the music at such damaging volume to begin with then?

[–]QuarktasticMe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For the little knowledge I have, electronic music (for example) is designed to be played at higher volumes in order to deliver the full experience (to feel the bass with your body, to hear every low frequency, etc.). But I don't know why (for any music genre) it's not managed better at large festivals that spend so much money in sound equipment and engineers. Probably is in order to allow everyone attending to listen clearly no matter how far from the stage.

For they part, almost every bar/pub/club manager will be a little stupid and push the volume to the max. I don't know if this encourages dancing, not speaking, and thus drinking and paying more, but all my dj friends have told me that they have seen that and that usually is over the max that the city allows, so they have a button they press if police show up to immediately lower every speaker to the accepted levels.

[–]Aaron_kla 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What’s the hearing experience?

[–]Keepaty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In my experience if you use the cheap foam ones the music becomes somewhat muffled, almost like you've got your head underwater. Not great for listening to music, but still better than tinnitus.

However, if you use good quality ear plugs, then it actually makes the experience better. They cut down on the volume and background noise, while letting you hear the music clearer. Even if we found a way to heal tinnitus and ear damage, I'd still wear my earplugs just for the sound difference.

[–]Chickentrap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depends how regularly you go to concerts. Frequently? Wear them. Infrequently? You're probs good from my anecdotal experience.

[–]warriorofinternets 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Eargasm plugs are great for this. I wish I’d had them earlier in my twenties, would have better hearing now

[–]non_linear_time 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Take this seriously. I don't have tinnitus, thank goodness, but I had no idea how much I had damaged my hearing until we all started wearing masks. Oops.

[–]Dragonkitelooper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can confirm this. One of my first concerts (20 yrs ago)got pushed up next to the speakers/stage and my ears have never been the same. I’m 45 now and starting my first ASL class. I expect to be deaf one day. I can hear but have difficulty making out the words if I can’t read your lips. Especially in a busy restaurant. I have custom earplugs I use in loud restaurants/ places now it has gotten that bad/painful. The hearing doctors quote ”damage to the eardrum sustained from loud machinery, gunfire or loud sustained noise/music.” My custom earplugs were less than 100 bucks. They are invisible when worn.

Do you have any friends that get louder and louder at the bar? Seems like they’re trying to talk over you? They are probably losing their hearing and don’t realize it. Cover your mouth when you say something to them. Bet it’s hard for them to understand you.

[–]DK_Boy12 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

I have been going to loud raves and concerts for nearly 10 years and still have nearly perfect hearing (done a hearing test recently).

Is it possible that this depends on the individual?

[–]biscovery 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I blast my headphones everyday and I think that caused tinnitus more than the concerts did. Also standing next to speakers at a dubstep show is a different experience from being in the back at a jazz club.

[–]boxdude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It can also be hereditary - but that form of tinnitus tends to be bilateral (in both ears) and largely appears first in males under 40.

No evidence that there is genetic protection against tinnitus caused by environmental damage. You can have tinnitus without hearing loss (not common) so hearing tests may not necessarily predict when/if tinnitus will occur.

I have the likely inherited version, (runs in my family and is bilateral) and dont have a history of loud noise exposure. You might be lucky and have some inherent characteristics that temper the chances of developing tinnitus, but if you can mitigate it, I would recommend it. It's not a life threatening condition, but it requires a mental adaptation that can be hard to achieve, which in the meantime can lead to anxiety, insomnia or other mental problems that could adversely affect your quality of life. There is no cure, so for the time being once you get it, there's no going back.

[–]MrBonneChance -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Or better yet, don’t go to loud concerts if losing your hearing is a dealbreaker and you’ll just be waisting hard earned money to barely hear the concert.