I've been more conscious about my hearing lately (my sensei's advice), so I've been giving some thought to wearing earplugs at rock shows (or at least bringing some with me and then making a game-time decision). Sensei also says that I should think about wearing a condom when I ride the bus. Sensei is so wise. They say he has the strength of a lion and the heart of a wild pony!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
That I'm even talking about this means I'm getting old
Here is a very interesting article (from Minneapolis-based music website, Perfect Porridge) about wearing earplugs to live shows, and whether the pros of earplugs (saving your hearing) outweigh the cons (being a tool). From the tone of the article, it seems that the stigma of wearing earplugs is not what it used to be, primarily for two reasons: (1) there are enough health-conscious people doing it to where seeing someone in earplugs is not such a rarity, and (2) modern, well-designed earplugs apparently can lower volume while maintaining, or even enhancing, sound quality (by not cutting out the high and low frequencies). Here is a web page of various earplug types, ranging from simple one-size-fits-all versions to those that are customized and shaped by an audiologist for an individual's ears.
Posted by BN at 3/20/2008