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Ringing In My Ears...

Hey Ya’ll…

I thought there was like a health and safty section or something like that here, but I guess not.

Anyway… I play drums in a band on the weekends, have been playing drums pretty much as long as I can remember and have played in bands and stuff here and there. Well Saturday night I played and I think I hurt my ears. They haven’t stopped ringing since then… Anyone ever have this or know what the deal is? How long should I wait before calling the Doc? Can’t say this have ever happened to me before… Friggin’ sound guy!!!

I think that is called Tinnitus, and it’s a sign that you are possibly damaging your ears.

You should probably wear some serious ear plugs while you play (some are better than others).

The alternative may be to slowly lose your hearing… not a good plan.

Yeah, normally it’s not that loud beleive it or not. When you have a setup right, the monitors are just loud enough to hear whatever one else is doing. This place I played at this weekend was sick. They had a seperate PA just for the monitoring system and the first set it hurt my ears… You can imagine how loud drums are, plus they were miced and all I could hear is a little vocals and a lot of lead guitar. It was ridiculous… I had him turn everything way down for the rest of the night, but I think it was too late…

Anyone know how to get my ears to stop ringing? Should I go see my Doc you think???

Vroom’s right: you’re in the early stages of tinnitus. Right now (I’m guessing), you can only hear the ringing when it’s quiet, like when you’re going to bed. If you do nothing about this, it will get worse and worse to the point where the ringing will muffle everything, especially in the middle register of sound (where the human voice is pitched.)

I had the same thing when I used to play bass in bands and stand three feet from my masive old school Acoustic 360 ampifier. It’s gone away in the years since then, but since it seems like you have no intention of quitting the drums, ear plugs are your best bet.

Spend a couple bucks and get a pair (i don’t know the brand) that filter all registers evenly. That way, you’ll still be able to hear everything, just softer–not muffled. trust me on this one: earplugs are not for pussies. Wear them from now on, or get used to that song playing in your head. You know the song: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

[quote]ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?[/quote]

Fucktard.

It’s Tinnitus bro. All ringing is Tinnitus. Comes from damage to the fibers in your ear canal. I’ve had it since I was about 20…I’m 30 now. I’m also a drummer and I’ve played since I was 10. I started playing in bands when I was 16 or so…Unfortunately most damage to hearing is irreversable. Especially Tinnitus.

I would get some ear plugs STAT. I know what it’s like in music and people may give you shit for it, (using plugs) but there’s nothing worth losing your hearing over. My bands been on hiatus for over a year now…I just recently when to a specialist and had the hearing test, found out I have a 45 decible loss in my right ear, the one closest to my guitar player, that shitter. :slight_smile:

[quote]ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?[/quote]

Uh Yeah… No… I’ll stop playing drums if you stop lifting weights!!!

Yeah, ear plugs are a must. I use them when I ride my Harley, so I’ll have to get some for playing too… Anyone know of a good ear plug that filters everything so it won’t be as loud? Like mentioned above???

I’m not worried about the rest of the guys in the band giving me crap about ear plugs. I’m way bigger then all of them… Thanks to my other hobby… You know, lifting and stuff… Not to mention I’m always armed with sticks!!! And like my Mama told me… Sticks and stones will break your bones but names and making fun of my ear plugs will never hurt me…

[quote]harris447 wrote:
Vroom’s right: you’re in the early stages of tinnitus. Right now (I’m guessing), you can only hear the ringing when it’s quiet, like when you’re going to bed. If you do nothing about this, it will get worse and worse to the point where the ringing will muffle everything, especially in the middle register of sound (where the human voice is pitched.)

I had the same thing when I used to play bass in bands and stand three feet from my masive old school Acoustic 360 ampifier. It’s gone away in the years since then, but since it seems like you have no intention of quitting the drums, ear plugs are your best bet.

Spend a couple bucks and get a pair (i don’t know the brand) that filter all registers evenly. That way, you’ll still be able to hear everything, just softer–not muffled. trust me on this one: earplugs are not for pussies. Wear them from now on, or get used to that song playing in your head. You know the song: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.[/quote]

Yeah Man… I know the EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE song all to well at this point… I want it to stop… I’d rather go on “It’s a small world” ride at Disney and you know what that does for you…

[quote]harris447 wrote:
ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

Fucktard.[/quote]

Now you probably wouldn’t say that to my face would you? No, anonymous Internet cowards usually won’t.

[quote]LJ4174 wrote:
Anyone know of a good ear plug that filters everything so it won’t be as loud? Like mentioned above???
[/quote]

I’ve heard good things about musician’s earplugs from a company called Etymotic research. They’re supposed to quiet everything down without introducing distortion. I haven’t used them myself though, just passing on what I’ve heard.

Good luck.

[quote]ZEB wrote:
harris447 wrote:
ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

Fucktard.

Now you probably wouldn’t say that to my face would you? No, anonymous Internet cowards usually won’t.[/quote]

Said the pot to the kettle:)


I damaged my hearing shooting .357 magnum outside without protection (stupid I know). The dammage is probably permanent. The ringing will be less and less as time goes by. I have to concentrate to notice it now (12 years after the injury). High frequency
hearing isn’t what it should be in my right ear.

Good Luck

[quote]ZEB wrote:
harris447 wrote:
ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

Fucktard.

Now you probably wouldn’t say that to my face would you? No, anonymous Internet cowards usually won’t.[/quote]

you don’t think you were being a “fucktard”?

i kind of thought you were being a fucktard.

to then reply with “say it to my face!” makes you even more “fucktardish”.

i thought that was a pretty stupid response…heck…as far back as 3rd grade.

“say it to my face!” “you’re a coward!” “don’t call me fucktard, 'cause, it matters to me!”

[quote]FridgeRaider wrote:
LJ4174 wrote:
Anyone know of a good ear plug that filters everything so it won’t be as loud? Like mentioned above???

I’ve heard good things about musician’s earplugs from a company called Etymotic research. They’re supposed to quiet everything down without introducing distortion. I haven’t used them myself though, just passing on what I’ve heard.

Good luck.[/quote]

another great idea is to get wireless ear-plug monitors.

if you have been playing for a while, and will be playing for a while, they are WELL worth the investment…for a lifetime musician, they are, anyway.

each member of the band can get a pair, and he can set his OWN mix of the music through them just like a stage monitor.

but he has full access to the stage for stage-movement (which wouldn’t matter to you as a drummer) and he doesn’t lose his ability to hear his monitor.

as a drummer, you can add a click track to your mix if you like.

you’ll protect your hearing and improve your playing… and you won’t be at the mercy of anymore half-deaf soundmen for your monitor-mix.

it’s a good investment.

[quote]Ironlung wrote:
I damaged my hearing shooting .357 magnum outside without protection (stupid I know). [/quote]

DUDE. i NEVER wear a condom when shooting my handguns.

i seriously hope i haven’t damaged my hearing.

they should have some kind of warning included with firearms that tells people about that.

that is seriously screwed up.

[quote]horny yoda wrote:
Ironlung wrote:
I damaged my hearing shooting .357 magnum outside without protection (stupid I know).

DUDE. i NEVER wear a condom when shooting my handguns.

i seriously hope i haven’t damaged my hearing.

they should have some kind of warning included with firearms that tells people about that.

that is seriously screwed up.[/quote]

Now that’s funny… I don’t wear a condom when I play the drums either… Damn!!!

ER-20’s can be found easily online, and they’re good in-ear plugs if you’re worried about aesthetics. Honestly, though, as a drummer, you should get hearing protection like the guys on the runway at the airport or the guys at the firing range. No pro musician will give you a hard time for using them, pretty much everybody does. Use em when you shed, too, cuz it’s the prolonged exposure to the intense high frequencies (i.e., cymbals/snare) that really screws you.

To try and make it go down, give your ears a break for a while: turn down the volume and treble on all your stereos and TV. Chances are, if you’re starting to hear the tinitus, you’ve lost enough sensitivity to the high frequencies that you’re jackin up the treble on everything, which only makes it worse. Also, don’t let your volume dial creep up on you after hours of listening. Pick a good level at the outset and stick to it. Use your hearing protection!!! Good luck.

[quote]horny yoda wrote:
ZEB wrote:
harris447 wrote:
ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

Fucktard.

Now you probably wouldn’t say that to my face would you? No, anonymous Internet cowards usually won’t.

you don’t think you were being a “fucktard”?

i kind of thought you were being a fucktard.

to then reply with “say it to my face!” makes you even more “fucktardish”.

i thought that was a pretty stupid response…heck…as far back as 3rd grade.

“say it to my face!” “you’re a coward!” “don’t call me fucktard, 'cause, it matters to me!”[/quote]

That means you missed the point entirely. That does happen on occasion. Point being that people are far more likely to use terms like “fucktard” when they have the Internet to hide behind. If we had a disagreement in a personal conversation it would probably not be stated like that. That is if the person was over 19 or 20 years old.

[quote]ZEB wrote:
horny yoda wrote:
ZEB wrote:
harris447 wrote:
ZEB wrote:
You had to know at some point that pounding a drum would not be good for your ears. My suggestion is to stop playing the drums and avoid loud music.

You probably won’t do that huh?

Fucktard.

Now you probably wouldn’t say that to my face would you? No, anonymous Internet cowards usually won’t.

you don’t think you were being a “fucktard”?

i kind of thought you were being a fucktard.

to then reply with “say it to my face!” makes you even more “fucktardish”.

i thought that was a pretty stupid response…heck…as far back as 3rd grade.

“say it to my face!” “you’re a coward!” “don’t call me fucktard, 'cause, it matters to me!”

That means you missed the point entirely. That does happen on occasion. Point being that people are far more likely to use terms like “fucktard” when they have the Internet to hide behind. If we had a disagreement in a personal conversation it would probably not be stated like that. That is if the person was over 19 or 20 years old.

[/quote]
People are also far less likely to say fucktardish things. Such as telling a drummer to stop playing the drums.

Res Ipsa Loquitor: the fucktard speaks for itself.

Hearing damage is permanent and it does not go away. The ringing can come and go yes, but that’s only at the very early stages. A person may think the ringing goes away with time, but that’s usually them getting used to it. The damage to my hearing has caused me to need a radio or some white noise at night so I don’t concentrate on the hearing. I’ve since stopped playing…for other reasons mainly but the hearing thing definitely had a bit to do with it.