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Ear plugs at concerts

Started by word_on_a_wing, July 08, 2019, 14:00:37

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word_on_a_wing

Reeves re-tweeted this link, and I was interested to hear others thoughts:
nprmusic -ear protection

The only time I ever wore ear protection during a concert was for a dreadful band that were on before NIN at the 2009 Australian shows. I didn't have earplugs the first night and it was torture (of the worst kind). I was about to hop on a plane and see NIN at more shows (and hence anticipating repeated torture of that band before them) so I took some cheap earplugs with me. I've never worn them when the bands I want to see/hear are playing though ...but starting to re-consider, perhaps I should. What are others thoughts? Anyone invested in the better quality ones?
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SueC

Hello, @word_on_a_wing:) This to me raises the question - why can't bands limit the sound level below the pain threshold / damage threshold anyway?  I've heard bands that do, and bands that do not.  The worst offender of the latter category in my experience was U2 back in 1988.  I had to tear up paper tissues and stuff them in my ears, which rather affects sound quality, but so does turning the volume up to starting jet airliner level... it's so unnecessary.  I like bass reverberation in my thorax but this felt like it was squashing me, and the whole thing was so horrible on a physical level (ears, body) that I didn't enjoy the concert and have never been back to a U2 concert since.  It seems disrespectful to the audience, to me, to subject them to sound levels that are unenjoyable and physically damaging for them.  I wasn't happy to have spent money on that experience.

Yet I've been super happy with many other gigs I've been to, where people did not turn up the sound to that insane level. (Granted, not generally a problem with classical and folk gigs, but both of us here have also been to "modern" concerts where the sound was great and needed no earplugs!)

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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on August 10, 2019, 01:35:28I had to tear up paper tissues and stuff them in my ears, which rather affects sound quality, but so does turning the volume up to starting jet airliner level...

I've been doing the same thing since 1994 or so! Still, I have an issue with tinnitus (at least a little bit sometimes). :1f631:

When I was in Switzerland years ago, they were giving out free earplugs at a concert, I kept some of them and use them from time to time.  :cool

As to "why" they have to turn up the volume, I guess it is a difficult one to answer. Especially in a stadium gig or open air, they need to make sure that you can hear the band in all places (wind and other things might become a problem).
Of course, some bands give out the order "turn it up", which is unnecessary in most places. Rock music with its distorted guitars (mostly) and drums does have a tendency to be "loud" (but I saw some gigs where the sound was crystal clear and not too loud).
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