I remember chewing up money and stuffing it in my ears at a Ten Years
After concert; I could feel the bones in my middle ear being pulverized.
Not fun. Great music, though. I recalled the description of loud music
from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Frank Strauss wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 9:20 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> The last really loud show I went to was Johnny Winter playing in small
>> venue in upstate NY. I was very thankful for earplugs because it allowed me
>> to get right up on the edge of the stage and watch a somewhat diminished but
>> still competent Johnny do his stuff with that funky little guitar he plays.
>> His blaring amp was right next to his chair, but the earplugs cut the blare
>> right out so I could hear his guitar work. My friend who was foolish and
>> didn't wear earplugs said his ears were still ringing a week later.
>> I'll put $.02 in as a dentist and a long term snare drummer in a bagpipe
> band. The dental thing and old age have pretty much wasted my high
> frequency response, but I have tried really hard to wear ear protection
> while playing with the band. I have used several different versions of the
> compressible foam ear plugs, to good effect. I and a lot of pipe band
> people use an ear protector from the Etymotic company called the ETY. It is
> a step above the foam ear plugs and is in the $10-15 range. I always bring
> a bag of extra foam plugs to indoor practices and performances, and push
> real hard for anyone who will (can) listen, especially the young and
> foolish, to use them. Tom-you are absolutely right-I went to a Sting
> concert many years ago, and used foam protectors. It was incredibly
> enjoyable to actually hear the words.