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Gumdrop Girl
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I think I'm losing my hearing. It hasn't been very good in the past few years anyway, as I've been tested twice and done moderately poorly.

I have trouble hearing over background noise. Sometimes my ears ring. It's sad because I value my hearing greatly. I love music, and i'd hate to every lose that.

But I suspect it's my love of music that's led to all this. I go to concerts several times a month, and while I always have my trusty earplugs handy, sometimes, it's not enough. And sometimes i forget. Can't say i've worn earplugs 100% of the time.

I liken earplugs to wearing condoms. It can be very slightly uncomfortable and block some sensation, but it's sure better than picking up and STD or going deaf.

My point is, value your hearing, folks. Ask for ahearing test next time you're at the doctor. Wear earplugs at concerts (three days of fuzzy noises and tinnitus is not "part of the Ozzfest experience"). Turn down your Walkman, your TV. Be good to your ears.

Otherwise, you'll be like me, saying "hey, speak up, I can't hear you."

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Miss Thang
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I am also losing my hearing!! Actually, I may not be losing it, but I have really bad sinuses, and when my sinuses get clogged (which is almost every day), I can't hear as well. It's so hard to talk on the phone, because I can't read lips on the phone, and I depend on reading lips a lot. Do you think that you could have a sinus problem that's contributing to your loss of hearing? I haven't tried this yet- but my doctor told me to try something to get my sinuses unclogged when they get really bad: Well first, take a Sudafed. And maybe use some Afrin. (I hate Sudafed and Afrin- they completely dry me out- but I'd do it anyways)- and then boil some water and put the water in a mixing bowl. And then put your face over the steaming water and cover your head with a towel (like you're giving yourself a facial). And your sinuses should start to drip (which is really gross, but hey) and you just let them drip until you feel a little less clogged. And also use a humidifier in your room. Maybe sinuses aren't even your problem, and if that's the case, then I just went off on a really long tangent for no reason. Sorry!!! Good luck!!!
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Tel'kella
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Music stores (not record stores... I mean stores that sell sheet music and instruments) sell special musicians' earplugs. These work well for concerts, since they reduce the sound level without muffling the music. They're not all that expensive, either
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Bobolink
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Having worked in the music business in the distant past, I know that sound pressure levels at rock concerts are often at a level that would be illegal in an industrial setting without ear protection being supplied to the workers. I have seen recording engineers lose hearing because of the sound pressure given off by studio monitor speakers.

Deafness is also an occupational hazard of rock musicians. It's a circular condition that feeds upon itself. As their ears get less sensitive, they boost the volume, which leads to more insensitivity so the volume is boosted again, which leads to......

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Ashy
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Scary...how does one know what's a dangerous sound level? I never go to concerts, but I crank up the volume with my headphones sometimes.

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Tel'kella
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Generally they say if you're in a quiet room and another person can hear your headphones, it's too loud. On my Discman, that's any higher than the second or third setting, from what I recall from the days when it worked.
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Bobolink
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For those of you that are interested in sound pressure levels and hearing loss, this is a good site that answers most questions. You will learn that you don't need a decibel meter. there are various non-technical ways ways to check for dangerous loud sounds.

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