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Do you wear earplugs when performing on stage?

guitarman3001

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I run sound for my band so for the first set, no earplugs and I also use a wireless so I can walk around out front and make sure the mix sounds right. If it's a particularly loud gig I might put them in halfway through the set. Second and third sets, earplugs go in except I sometimes take them out for the last song of each set. Fourth set earplugs are in but I always take them out for the last song.
 

tiktok

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I don't use earplugs. I play in quiet bands in small venues for the most part. In my one "loud" band I've run a dB meter during a show where I'm standing, at it's pretty consistently at 95dB, which I'm willing to endure for one set.
 

thawn5150

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Actually depends on the venue. At practice I don't find I need them but certain places I use them, mostly for the crazy volumes DJ's play their music at( between sets) much louder than the band lol
 

Wibcs39

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I try and wear them at practice but often don't at gigs. It is very distracting and hard for me to hear myself when I use them. I am trying to get more used to them as best I can, though.
 

sleewell

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I wear earplugs at practice and at gigs for the other bands. we only play 30-45 min sets so its not like its hours and hours. its not ideal but its better than never wearing them.
 
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What? What???

Never have. I should have, because after 30 years, I have a ringing...but, I can't get used to the muffled sound, especially when singing. So I grew this long hair down over my ears to "protect" them. Hence why I never wear the ponytail on stage.

Before she went to in-ears, my GF used to wear Ear-rasers with her band...she liked 'em
 

sstweed

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I have just started wearing them mostly at practice. We have side fill monitors on the wall at our rehearsal space that are at times aligned right with my ears. Been playing out there for years and I think it's starting to knock off some of my hearing. I don't really care for ear plugs, but it's better than being deaf.
 
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amstrtatnut

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My tinnitus has gotten worse over the past few years. Ive bought earplugs and not used em. But now I think I have to. So I wear em at practice too, so I can get used to how it sounds all muffled.

My left ear seems to be more sensitive to loudness, so Im going to a full foam plug on that side with a filter on the right.

I blame the drummer in my last band.
 

michael patrick

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Like others here, I wear them at practice and while watching other bands. I just can't use them when we are playing onstage, makes it too hard to hear.
 

Rod

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What? What???

Never have. I should have, because after 30 years, I have a ringing...but, I can't get used to the muffled sound, especially when singing. So I grew this long hair down over my ears to "protect" them. Hence why I never wear the ponytail on stage.

Before she went to in-ears, my GF used to wear Ear-rasers with her band...she liked 'em
Ear-rasers.... thank you.. I'll try some...... I can't deal with the cymbals anymore!
 

Silent Sound

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Ditto. I'll wear them at practice, or at your band's gig. But I need to be able to hear everything that's going on when I'm playing, so I don't wear them for my own gigs.

Also, I often sing, and singing with ear plugs in is darn near impossible for me.
 






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