PROTECT YOUR EARS
As a drummer you must read this and take it to heart. The advice here will save your musical life.
EAR DAMAGE IS CUMULATIVE
What you do to your ears today will BE ADDED to the damage tomorrow. When you are young you think
nothing of this but the damage is accruing.
EAR DAMAGE IS PERMANENT
There is no cure. So take it very seriously.
My dad has had tinnitus in his right ear for twenty years. In the beginning tinnitus always goes
away after a day and so we are fooled into thinking this is going to be the case forever; that our ears ‘heal’
like a skin sore. This is not so. If you get tinnitus then you are in trouble and need to take immediate and drastic action!
The very next time the buzz may be permanent!
EAR DAMAGE DOES NOT ALWAYS HURT
Sometimes there is pain and we leave the noisy area but often there is no pain. The damage is
just as bad either way.
EVERYONE’S EARS ARE AT RISK.
Every now and then you meet a person who thinks they are a super human. They say: ‘loud
sounds don’t affect me.’ You wait, in twenty years time they will be saying: ‘what? Sorry? Could you please
Earphones are just as damaging. Decibels are measured where they are heard not made. So if it
is loud in your ear then it is loud, regardless of whether the speaker is an 18-inch cone or a 3mm earphone diaphragm.
FOR US DRUMMERS.
The solution is obviously earplugs. But they are a bother. They cut out vital frequencies and
they diminish our ability to hear our volume levels accurately and so control our dynamics. They get dirty or lost easily
I have many pairs in various locations. I don't wear them during the set at a gig (as often as
I should) but I shove them in as soon as we finish and any other time there is loud music. I also wear them during rehearsals
and I avoid ridiculously loud nightclubs. I force myself to play my car and room studio at reasonable levels and, where possible
I practice drums on a pad or electric kit rather than an acoustic kit.
It is true. Take the earplugs out and its shocking how loud things are. Ears actually protect
themselves by shutting down the loudness but that doesn't stop the damage.
It’s the boiling frog syndrome. Put a frog in a pot of hot water and it will immediately
jump out. Put a frog in cool water and then slowly heat it up and the frog will stay and boil to death.