Tinnitus, who’s got it?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by cowmoo, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Wear your earplugs, kids!
    There's no cure, so all you have is prevention.
    Avoid earphones (and especially earbuds) whenever possible. Piccolo snares and crash cymbals aren't your friends, either.
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  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I have it. I can usually tune it out as long a it’s not quiet and I don’t think about it. But mine mostly came from working on the flight line with after burners taking off, and also working at huge power plants with generators. Despite wearing heating protection, it can still develop.

    Sorry to hear Setzer’s is so bad, and for the cancelled shows. Hopefully he can manage it and put out a new rockabilly albums some point.
  3. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Yep, my barracks were at the end of the runway. RF4B's and FA18 C130 taking off 24/7. The RF4b's were the loudest. Love that sound.
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  4. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Yep, in my right ear.
    The lead guitar player in my old band had a silver face Twin Reverb always pointed at me.
    I’ll hate those amps forever.

    Now will someone
    PLEASE answer that phone?!
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  5. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    probably too late but i got a pair of hearos from gc this summer and they are very comfortable and seem to not compress like foam.
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Anything you can do to cut the SPL is a help. Even using a cigarette filter can save your ears.
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  7. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    I have a minor case, but do also have some hearing loss. The tinnitus is mostly not there, but on occasion for a few days or so, it will act up. Been in the Construction industry since I was 16, work a lot of power plants now. Have had times when double hearing protection was not enough and the ears still rang for days afterwards. Also have always loved the music L.O.U.D.

    I hope Brian is able to manage his, really feel for a professional full time musician (especially a star with a large following) having to deal with it.

    I thought I remembered Pete saying he got it partially from cranked up headphones with his guitar at home. Could be mistaken. Whatever, seems he is managing it, for awhile when they toured he was in a plastic enclosure to deal with the sound. He no longer is, though their shows are not as loud as in the past, still a rock concert.
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I know I've got a touch of it too thanks to those '70s Koss headphones .
    Just looked , Nov 20th show in Englewood N.J. is cancelled :(
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  9. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I now use the DT880 semiopen headphones they do not seal out outside noise nor do they seal in the speakers they breath and they make a huge difference as long as I don't crank them up.
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  10. MrAstro

    MrAstro Gretschie

    Mar 5, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    I can hear it all the time and I don't even practice loudly. I do practice for a long time each day though. I don't know what I'm going to do about it... I can hear the ringing over the level the TV if I think about it. Disturbing...
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  11. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Yep I fell on my head when I was 19 and broke my back in 3 places. The ringing is so bad it wakes me up sometimes. It always sounds like a whistling tea kettle
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  12. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    I developed tinnitus about a year ago.. I should probably be grateful it took that long to show up. 43 years with air going past the window at several hundred knots; with an earbud type headphone/mic combination plugged into that ear for a good portion of that. Last place I worked claimed "scientific studies" proved that noise cancelling full headsets were not required, so they wouldn't supply them (and they had to be approved for aircraft use, so approx $1000 plus) Most bought their own anyway, but a little late for me. With impeccable timing my symptoms didn't show up til after I retired.

    "Too soon old, too late smart"
  13. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    I have had it for years. I think playing in rehearsal studios for years
    caused it. I have learned how to ignore it. It's most prevalent in the morning when I wake up. Since there's hardly any noise in the house. Once I get busy, I can ignore it.
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  14. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    I have tinnitus 24/7. Years of not wearing ear protection and playing in bands.

    Funny, I remember hearing about tinnitus when I was a teenager and being horrified by the idea of a constant ringing in my ears. Certainly that would drive anyone into madness. But it really hasn't . Honestly, I only notice it when I think about it (like when I read the thread title--thanks). But as soon as my mind is occupied by something else I won't really notice. Even at night--when all is quiet--I'm generally able to tune it out.
  15. dr. love

    dr. love Electromatic

    Jun 2, 2008
    HUH? WHAT?!

    Yes, I have a soft constant white noise whistling in both ears that I can block out most of the time, but the worst part is people sound like Charlie Brown's teacher if there's background noise like a crowded restaurant. I now carry earplugs in a case on my keychain so they are always with me.
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  16. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    Yeah, maybe I’m going ear blind too as in crowds i can hear what sound like a million turkeys louder than someone two foot away.
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    @dr. love and @cowmoo

    I think you have Tinnitus and hearing loss, same as me. Not a fun combination.
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I have to admit I have a bit of tinnitus as well as some hearing loss. 55+ years of guitars, amps and industrial PA gear, power tools, machinery, jet aircraft and firearms as well as ICOM earphones and it all adds up---even with earplugs. Whenever possible, I use hearing protection. Always have, always will. It's due to wear and tear, like arthritis, from decades of hard use.

    All that, and I'm 70. It happens.
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  19. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I have had trouble following conversations(even interesting ones) for years, and have a constant loud high pitched whine in my ear which affects my sleep and drives me nuts.
    The specialist said I had a slight deterioration of trebles to be expected at my age(?!) and the lack of sleep plus my overal physical state would exacerbate the whine. Fantastic.
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