We have been very busy over here and it has been a while since we’ve updated on here. It wasn’t in vain, and here is a bit of proff to show for it.
I’ve been interviewing several musicians about their listening/performing practices, and they’ve given me some great quotes to use to help spread Wear Today Hear Tomorrow’s message.
Like music? Like Candlebox, Rusted Root, Miss May I, Cake, Reel Big Fish, and/or Suburban Legends? Here are a few suggestions from professional touring musicians about the importance of protecting your ears.
Question: Do you wear hearing protection when you perform?
“I made this mistake years ago of not using proper ear gear. I have the worst wax buildup, and I sometimes don’t hear things very clearly. If you’re playing live, wear your plugs!”
Justyn Brodsky – The Groundbreaking Ceremony
“Bring foam earplugs to every concert you attend. They are easy to have in your pocket. The ability to control your own mix will make you a lot happier. It’s easier to find the groove if the booming P.A. isn’t messing with your head. Take them out if the soundman and the band are not oblivious to the general laws of nature.”
Vincent DiFlore – Cake
“I have really bad hearing now just from touring. I wish I would’ve started with In Ears. It is so important to have.”
Levi Benton – Miss May I
“I keep earplugs on my person at all times.”
Brian Klemm – Suburban Legends
“I’m susceptible to hearing damage and it runs in my family. If I didn’t wear earplugs, I would be deaf.”
Johnny Christmas – Reel Big Fish
Save Your Ears, folks!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and was able to spend time with their family and friends, too much food, and just enough cold beverages!
A good article was passed my way by a former classmate of mine, discussing several different types of portable headphone/earbud systems currently available on the market. While not exhaustive, the article HERE can give you some good tips and ideas of things to look for when making a purchase.
The author also makes some very good points about the negative effects of personalized listening devices and that damage they can cause.
Give the article a read if you are in the market, and make sure your purchase gives you the quality you desire, and the ability to block out the external sound so you are not inclined to turn up the volume to a level dangerous to your ears!
More to come. Again,make 2012 count.
Save Your Ears!
I just want to say that I appreciate your support and input very much. Wear Today Hear Tomorrow strongly believes in the importance of educating consumers about the dangers associated with Music and Noise Induced Hearing Loss, especially since it is so easy to prevent.
As you enter 2012, please make every effort to be more conscious and aware of your surroundings. If you know you are going to be entering a loud environment, have earplugs with you to prevent hearing loss and that very uncomfortable ringing in your ears the next day. If you listen to music in your car or on a portable headset, be aware of the volume level and keep it reasonable.
Sure, we all like to lose ourselves in the music experience… This is half the fun! But it isn’t worth sacrificing one of your most valuable senses for a brief moment of delight. Besides, you can have just as much fun and go just as crazy at a concert with a small, discreet plug in your ears.
I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and happy New Years Eve celebration. Make 2012 count, and keep yourself safe from hearing loss. It’s $10 earplugs now, or $4000 hearing aids and a constant alarm clock in your head later. Choose wisely!
Save Your Ears!
Nice little article on concert volumes and the obvious today over at LA Weekly.
Concerts are loud. They have always been that way.
It makes sense to show our idols in the grandiose light they often times wish to be seen in. This gives them the appeal, earned or otherwise, that both star and spectator strive for, and allows the listener/viewer to completely lose themselves in the performance.
But at what cost? Do patrons and fans really need to lose sensory function to prove their loyalty to an act? How long after the event does one have to suffer to show they were in attendance?
Is the 2 hours you spend in front of your favorite band without protecting your hearing really worth the lifetime of ringing in your ears?
Earplugs are inexpensive and widely available. Have them around, folks.
Save Your Ears!
This should not have happened. Read this:
I attended Judas Priest concert the other day in Rochester, NY. As I walked around the venue, I encountered a young boy, probably 8 or 9 years old, standing next to his mother with his hands over his ears. I mean, this poor kid was in PAIN because of the volume in the room that night. Thankfully, I had extra sets of earplugs on me and was able to give him a pair, with much thanks from the boy and his mother.
To think that this kid’s own mother wasn’t smart enough to make a quick stop at the store to get her young child some hearing protection is beyond me, and people who don’t wear earplugs at shows boggle my mind.
That leads me to the story posted above. Did Brixton not have earplugs available for sale? Could Robert not afford a set once inside the venue? Did Them Crooked Vultures play too loud that night?
Why did this happen?
Who is to blame here… Brixton Academy? Them Crooked Vultures? Mr. McIndoe himself?
I’m at a loss for words. A wife without her husband and 2 children left without a father. What was supposed to be a memorable evening filled with music is now a complete tragedy.
Still think tinnitus from going to concerts is a “Badge of Honor?” Is it “girly” to be seen wearing earplugs at a show?
You think people with STD’s see it as a badge of honor because it is proof they got laid!?
Anyone who judges you for wearing earplugs at a concert is a complete moron, and probably shouldn’t be trusted to sit the right way on a toilet seat or be given a library card.
Venues need to take the necessary precautions to have ear protection available for their patrons. They should also BE REQUIRED to post signage indicating that sound pressure (decibels) within their structure can reach dangerously high levels.
Bands should be more concerned with the HEALTH AND WELL BEING of their FANS and promote the idea of safe listening while enjoying their products and services.
And everyone should be held accountable for their own actions. It is not difficult to find and purchase hearing protection… Why is it so difficult to remember that you will need it at the show?
Please… please. If you enjoy going to concerts and shows, go to the store, your doctor, or email me so we can get you hearing protection. Encourage your friends and family to to do the same.
Sad, sad news. RIP Robert.