Turns out Dave’s hearing might be the reason behind all this - as someone who spent a bit too much time at desert raves and warehouses in my youth and now wears hearing aids - PLEASE - for those of you who do not suffer from tinnitus or wear hearing aids - TAKE. CARE. OF. YOUR. EARS.
Not much else to say besides that. Hearing loss sucks. I wouldn’t trade my memories for anything but if there was one thing I could change, it would hands down be taking risks to hearing loss seriously. I dont care if its headphones or 50,000 watt sound systems, once its gone its gone folks and it will be a pain in the ass for the rest of your years.
taking a break was a right move. i’d say try to put yourself in a place where you’re not dependent on headphones. if you’re unable to do that just be aware of what you may or may not be doing to your senses and take the proper care accordingly.
Yes, studio mixing/mastering vs listening, playing at venues are two different animals. For mixing another reason to be aware of or adopt the K-System, the listening levels are safe and comfortable for long periods as well as good practice for mix levels and headroom.
It does require the right setup and environment properly calibrated though.
Yeah I wondered if this was part of it. I do also find it’s more tempting to crank headphones than speakers (partially I guess because you aren’t disturbing anyone with the noise level).
Yeah I only use my headphones every now and then, and my days of clubbing etc. are over more or less, but it’s always good to be reminded to take care of your ears. I do have a tiny bit of tinnitus but I don’t notice it unless I think about it, but I know people who have had a miserable time with it from DJing etc, so feel quite fortunate to have dodged that.
Is it simply the irritating sound, or did your ear (s) become sensitive to sound/noise?
About 3 months ago, I started hearing a very loud sound in my right ear, but it also became sensitive.
If I completely avoid music, and wear a earplug in right ear, it becomes much softer after a couple of days, but the first time I listen to even the television it is back. I do know the sound of what I always presumed tinnitus would sound like, because I have heard it for a very long time when it is quiet, but only very softly, so it never really bothered me. That sound (in both ears), is like a sine wave. The thing I’ve been suffering from recently, is much louder (I hear it quite loudly, even if television/music is at a decent level). Also, the sound has a more ‘sparkly’ aspect, like some slight saturation/distortion. It is also slightly different pitch - when it’s quiet, I can hear both the ‘sine wave’ in both ears, and this new sound only in my right ear.
Does this sound like a bad case of tinnitus, or maybe something else? My right ear is pretty sensitive now, and I rather do not use headphones at all, because it is not enjoyable at all.