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    PSA: How to protect your ears and still hear the show

    I've seen a few reviews that say "It's the loudest show I've been to in years!" and "My ears were ringing for hours!" Most people say this as a compliment, and certainly it wouldn't be VH if it wasn't loud. But if your ears ring or you have trouble hearing immediately after the show, that means you lost a little bit of your hearing PERMANENTLY that night. This happens to most people, little by little, without them noticing it.

    The standard-issue foamy earplugs aren't cool because they cut out more highs than lows, muffling the sound so it sounds as if you're in the next room instead of right there. The foamies are meant to be worn when you're welding or shooting guns or working at an airport, not when listening to music.

    What you want are musician earplugs. These usually cost $12 to $15, are reusable forever, and look like this:
    http://www.hearos.com/earplugs/musician-ear-plugs.html

    These aren't a yuppie thing. Lots of folks on these forums probably already have these or something like them. Don't forget to bring them to the show--you can always take them out if your ears just aren't bleeding enough.

    Just a PSA for those of you who wish you could turn down the volume at the show.
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    Here's a bit of a heads-up as well...they work much better if one doesn't forget them and leaves them in the center console of the car, and winds up using cigarette filters as a result.

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    If it's too loud, you're too old!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hain23x View Post
    If it's too loud, you're too old!!!!!
    Bullshit...it just means one has exposed his or her self to YEARS more abuse than some of these "young, dumb and full of come" rock fans out there.
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    Good call, LS.

    I honestly think the '04 VH show in Greensboro brought my hearing down a notch. I can definitely tell a difference in the last three years or so.

    Nice to see you post, Synth.

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    Type louder please.

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    Yes, good call indeed. Don't try and be one of those "too cool for ear plugs at a rock show" people. You'll regret it down the road. I've worn earplugs to just about every concert I've been to, including VH in '04. The only time I've ever forgotten my earplugs was at an Alice Cooper concert last October, and boy were my ears ever ringing afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Here's a bit of a heads-up as well...they work much better if one doesn't forget them and leaves them in the center console of the car, and winds up using cigarette filters as a result.

    Trust me on this...

    Like this??
    Seriously...I think my ears are still ringing from the 80's sometimes. It does not pay to screw around with your hearing.
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    Great post, LS. If only somebody told me when I was 18 that the ringing in my ears after a show would be PERMANENT if I didn't start taking care of my ears...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Synth View Post
    I've seen a few reviews that say "It's the loudest show I've been to in years!" and "My ears were ringing for hours!" Most people say this as a compliment, and certainly it wouldn't be VH if it wasn't loud. But if your ears ring or you have trouble hearing immediately after the show, that means you lost a little bit of your hearing PERMANENTLY that night. This happens to most people, little by little, without them noticing it.

    The standard-issue foamy earplugs aren't cool because they cut out more highs than lows, muffling the sound so it sounds as if you're in the next room instead of right there. The foamies are meant to be worn when you're welding or shooting guns or working at an airport, not when listening to music.

    What you want are musician earplugs. These usually cost $12 to $15, are reusable forever, and look like this:
    http://www.hearos.com/earplugs/musician-ear-plugs.html

    These aren't a yuppie thing. Lots of folks on these forums probably already have these or something like them. Don't forget to bring them to the show--you can always take them out if your ears just aren't bleeding enough.

    Just a PSA for those of you who wish you could turn down the volume at the show.
    Thanks for the tip Lead Synth. I think I definitely lost part of my hearing about 8 years ago in Morgan, NJ at Club Bene. I sat right in front of Leslie West (merely 6 feet away) and he had a pretty big Marshall stack. That sums it all up. It also probably didn't help that I sat in the same spot right in front of Steve Morse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Synth View Post
    I've seen a few reviews that say "It's the loudest show I've been to in years!" and "My ears were ringing for hours!" Most people say this as a compliment, and certainly it wouldn't be VH if it wasn't loud. But if your ears ring or you have trouble hearing immediately after the show, that means you lost a little bit of your hearing PERMANENTLY that night. This happens to most people, little by little, without them noticing it.

    The standard-issue foamy earplugs aren't cool because they cut out more highs than lows, muffling the sound so it sounds as if you're in the next room instead of right there. The foamies are meant to be worn when you're welding or shooting guns or working at an airport, not when listening to music.

    What you want are musician earplugs. These usually cost $12 to $15, are reusable forever, and look like this:
    http://www.hearos.com/earplugs/musician-ear-plugs.html

    These aren't a yuppie thing. Lots of folks on these forums probably already have these or something like them. Don't forget to bring them to the show--you can always take them out if your ears just aren't bleeding enough.

    Just a PSA for those of you who wish you could turn down the volume at the show.
    WOW, its great to see you 'round these parts
    Thx for the info, but for myself, as a fan, i cant protect my ears in good faith...i want them to ringggggg for dayzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Hope all is well, you going to any shows? Come around more often...
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    Quote Originally Posted by perticelli View Post
    ...Thx for the info, but for myself, as a fan, i cant protect my ears in good faith...i want them to ringggggg for dayzzzzzzzzzzzz
    And you wonder why you are walking around in circles for two days after a show, stepping on the dog and knocking over ashtrays.
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    I have a pair of hearos, they are great for band practice, that's for sure. Never actually worn them to a concert, guess I should next time.
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    The orange foamy variety work better if you cut them in half.
    That way, it doesn't sound like you're underwater and feel like
    you have a head cold and they still reduce the sound pressure in
    your ears to a comfy level. If you bring plugs, you can take em
    out once in a while for a short blast of unprotected eargasms,
    but if you don't bring em, you're just fuct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    And you wonder why you are walking around in circles for two days after a show, stepping on the dog and knocking over ashtrays.
    Actually,that's normal for me..

    After these types of 'events',
    sleep is what i'm interested in

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