I know, I know. It may not look cool to wear ear plugs to gigs or when you are rehearsing with band mates. It may not be as immersive to you when you aren’t blaring music loudly into your ears through your headphones or amp. I’ve been there myself. I chose to ignore others advice about this. “I’ll be fine…”
But now, I have bad tinnitus. And it is awful! I have two rare medical conditions that generate significant pain, but the tinnitus bothers me more than both of those combined. It’s like Chinese water torture. Just a constant buzz that never goes away. It really is as bad as people make it out to be.
I know many of you will ignore this warning, but I just pray that you don’t suffer from this fate as well. I REALLY wish I could rewind the clock and look after my ears better. Now I’m stuck with this for the rest of my life. I feel like they need to give every music lover or musician a device that makes them simulate tinnitus for a week. Then you would understand.
So, please, please, just look after your ears. You can still enjoy bass and listening to music while doing so. Just don’t abuse your ears in the process. I just felt like I had to at least try to warn others about this. If it stops one other person from this fate then it will be worth me writing this post.