Friday, September 7, 2007

Protecting Your Ears!

Hear that ringing in your ears? That's a frequency of sound you'll never hear ever again, a piece of your ear dying.

Ok I don't know if that's completely true, but it does mean you are doing irreparable harm to one of your most valuable instruments. Whether you're in front of the mic, or behind it, consistent monitoring of what you hear is vital. My top bookers do everything they can to not only protect their voices, but also their hearing (no loud concerts, etc).

It's very frustrating sitting in front of my monitors, and recording newbies that cough and clear their throats into the mic, suddenly spike volume after we've checked levels, or try to adjust their copy stand and end up bashing the mic. These things might not seem like such a big deal to the actor in the booth, BUT THEY ARE ALL AMPLIFIED FOR ME! Working at the agency for almost two years now, I've lost almost a full kHz (high frequency hearing) in each ear, and most likely will never get that back.

Trying to explain that to other people is almost equally frustrating. This is how I plan to make my living, and I'm faced with people that probably crank the volume on the earbuds that came with their ipods. The responses range from ultra-cavalier to a genuine "that sucks", but get them in front of the mic again, and it's the same behavior.


Anywho, this article from Gigacrate is written from a DJ perspective, but is good reading for
anyone that depends on vocals or hearing for their work.

How many times have you left a gig with your ears ringing? Or woke up
the next day worried you may have caused some permanent damage to your
ears? My guess is quite often. It’s no secret that as DJs we are
constantly exposing ourselves to super loud noises for extended periods
of time.
With a little care and precautionary measure, you can lower your risk
of serious hearing loss. After all it’s about the music right? Make
sure when you’re 60 you can still hear it.


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