Do you socialize or produce music?
Have you ever been in a bar, club or crazy loud restaurant and had a hunch your hearing is being damaged?
Well, that hunch is probably right! Some people may think a little ringing of the ears is normal but in reality, its a music producers worst nightmare and here’s why!
Listen to that ringing after you are in a loud environment… These frequencies of what you use to hear perfectly are now, unfortunately, damaged. To a possible extent of not being able to hear that frequency again.
But I still hear fine afterward right?
The bad news is no… Hearing damage gradually increases and is hard to notice the difference at all.
Below I will discuss 3 important reasons why I brought hearing protection.
1. Being social with hearing damage
Usually the first cases of being able to notice hearing damage is when you are in groups of 3+ people. All these fine frequencies that you have been gradually damaging over time pick up subtle interesting things to help determine who is speaking and what atmosphere you are in. This happens by our ears doing millions of calculations of the sound that is received from reflections of your friend’s voices bouncing off the wall table and chairs into your ear. In turn, you are able to easily tell what is being said and who said it. Unfortunately for those who accumulated hearing damage will start to struggle and eventually get worse and worse and… yes, worse.
For me, being social is extremely important. I can make new friends, learn new things and I think life would be pretty dull, to say the least, if you couldn’t socialize.
So I am going to do all I can to prevent any suffering, how about you?
2. Making Music without hearing protection
Are you a music producer?
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Awesome, as a music producer what do you do all day? Listen to music, tweak some knobs, record some sexy lady on the mic?
Dope… What do you do when you have finished a tune?
That’s right, you need to mix and master. As you may already know, this involves adjusting volume levels, eq, compress and touch up that delicate reverb.
This is one my most favorite processes and yet frustrating ones. It takes time, energy and a lot of comparisons and different versions to get it right.
But how will hearing damage effect me?
Well actually, it will probably affect others more. What sounds good to you may sound horrible to someone else.
Why do you ask?
Think of this for a second…
Let’s say you have some typical high-frequency loss hearing damage from going out to the club too much unprotected.
If you then go back to your studio and are fine-tuning an element or mix of tune. You will very likely adjust/ boost the high frequencies according to what you have lost.
This, in turn, will make your mix sounding tinny with boosted high frequencies. And your friends and fans won’t know what’s going, other than it sounds a bit off. But to you, it sounds perfect.
3. Music, Long Term Listening and Getting Old
I love Music! Music has always been a massive part of my life and to have that decay away slowly via hearing damage is something I really don’t want to think about.
But at least its possible to prevent the speed it happens. Minimizing “exposure” too loud environments, that volume knob on your phone audio isn’t past your recommended high level and not sticking things in your delicate ears. WIll all help. But what else can I do to help?
Wearing music friendly earplugs when you do need to go to loud environments will definitely help and bring down the volume to a safe level.
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