Every now and then I see these “funny” 9gag pictures about how uncool it is to wear hearing protection during concerts. This stuff is usually posted on Facebook pages that relate to music. Sometimes I even meet people in real life who tell me how much of a fool I am for wearing ear plugs myself. This happened when I was using ear protection while playing drums in a band or just going to a gig myself. Like it is somehow really cool to destroy your ears. So why is it the most stupid thing, to joke about people who wear hearing protections?
Everyone has a different pain level
I was once working in a garage where me and my colleague had to knock off a truck bumper bar with a huge hammer. Knocking this bar was so damn loud that we had to stop after one hit. We where both located at the same distance to the bar. Nothing happened to me, but my colleagues ended up with a permanent ringing in his ears, which is still present today. There you see how different people can react to loud noises. Is he the joke now because he destroyed his ears and I was lucky myself? I don’t think so!
Sound engineers/DJs are already deaf themselves
I don’t know if you ever came across a DJ or Soundguy who wanted to show his awesome music taste so bad to the world, that he had to turn up the volume until maximum. The speakers scratch and the sound is terrible. This happens in clubs, small gigs and even at big concerts. I attended gigs that really lost the audio quality through a mental sound engineer who thinks: LOUD = GOOD, LOUDER = BETTER
Do you seriously think I let them kill my hearing because of their ego trip, and listening to that for 2 hours? No way! The guy who is responsible for this audio mess is the joke, not me wearing ear protection!
Band members kill your ears
I guess there is no musician out there who has never been in the following situation: You are in the rehearsal room and the guitar player turns up the volume after every song. The bass players is usually limited through his amp, and the drummer can’t keep up either. There you are, playing with an awful loud band in an undamped rehearsal room.
No one will turn the volume down, everyone cares about his own instrument, not about the sound. It is pure pain in your ears. The Volume war in a band is not always related to egos. Ironically, it really can be that your members who were always too cool for hearing protection, already are half deaf. So you either protect yourself or end up like them.
This all leads to one conclusion: Childish stupidity!
The gigging musicians or the people who go to concerts for years without wearing hearing protection are deaf before turning 40, not able to listen to music properly anymore. Nor to mix and master their own music. And permanently annoyed by the ongoing high pitch noise they hear at night trying to sleep desperately.
I feel sorry for everyone who accidentally lost his hearing by unlucky circumstances, but I do not feel pity for someone who intentionally destroyed his hearing. If you are one of them, I can only say: It is your fault and you are not cool, you never have been! Using a hearing aid at the age of 50 is not a cool thing!
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