Originally posted by The Old Man:
Originally posted by billhike:
Iron Maiden last night at the United Center. Mostly great; a few sound issues. Amazing the energy they can still project. I really enjoyed the set list. Ears are still ringing...
It was after a concert in the 70s that my ears started ringing. It was a few months later I discovered I had tinnitus. All people, especially the young, should take precautions at loud concerts.
This is no joke - good post, TOM.
I probably average less then 2 indoor concerts a year these days. But a few years ago when starting to work out again I brought my iPod with ear buds to the gym, and played it quite loud. I also tend to listen to music in my car pretty loud, when driving alone. I like to actually feel it, and most of my music preferences are towards the heavier side. About a year ago I started noticing a constant ringing in my ears, in the evening at home where it's usually quiet. I'm very certain that this was more due to the earbuds and cranking the car stereo than occasional concerts. I'll blame this for my "hiatus" from working out.
I've now kept the volumes in the car much lower.
I really love music, particularly live from the energy you get when a band is performing well and getting into it. I won't avoid going to any shows I want to attend out of fear for my hearing, but I'm definitely more careful about it these days. Other than the ringing, I don't believe I've suffered any "loss" of hearing, although I've not had it checked out by a professional.