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stoned_rat
11-01-2005, 03:41 AM
i must ask.
i just sat down on my drumkit, about to play, i put in my earplugs, and i felt that it was a bit tight in one ear, it felt like i had put it in a bit quickly, and hadn't allowed the pressure to escape, it wasnt that i had made contact with the plug, and a sensitive part of my ear, it was that i had a buld-up of presure, so anyway.
i disregarded it, and sat down and played about 4 bars( 30 seconds maybe?). until i felt the taste of blood in my mouth, so i stopped playing, and took out the plug, and saw it had blood on it.
i got a tissue, and put it in my ear, and washed the plug, and threw it out.

But i was wondering if this has happened to anyone else before?

Might i also add in some background informatrion, ive been playing for about a year, and at first i didnt use ear protection, but i have started to recently.However i do think the 6months i played without ear protection has affected my hearing, and im due in for an ear appointment in two weeks. Ive also had sore throat/ears/ and the passages connecting them, for a few days prior.

Has this happened to anyone else?
Any Advice?

BSG
11-01-2005, 03:49 AM
hey dude

ive got the same problem, partially from playing the drums, partially from using the lawn mower and whippersnipper without ear protection
can i ask, say, when ur about to go to sleep or anytime its really quiet, can u hear like a buzzing or ringing sound in ur ears?
i remeber seeing something on the news about it (they were talking about every1 who has their ipods and mp3s and listen to the music to loudly). it afects the eardrum, and causes the ringing. ive got the problem, bad enough that i need to constantly ask ppl to speak up. i havent had the blood saga, but i do know what your problem is, and i wouldnt have a clue if theres much u can do about it

Riva
11-01-2005, 05:00 AM
Tinitus (constant ringing of the ears) is a problem for lots of people, including James Hetfield. Just make sure that you get your ears checked out regularly. I've been fortunate not to get it, and I listen to loud music a lot.

And you'd be best off not using ear-plugs for a few weeks, and then make sure you place them correctly and slowly, otherwise you could have a bloody ear again.

Josh
11-01-2005, 05:25 AM
Tinitus (constant ringing of the ears) is a problem for lots of people, including James Hetfield. Just make sure that you get your ears checked out regularly. I've been fortunate not to get it, and I listen to loud music a lot.

And you'd be best off not using ear-plugs for a few weeks, and then make sure you place them correctly and slowly, otherwise you could have a bloody ear again.
i had Tinitus really badly for a year or so after a really bad ear infection, so i'm generally careful about loud noise, as i'd hate to have it badly again. i still have it mildly, but most of the time i don't notice it, you should only worry when you can't hear things which you know are normally quite loud.

i think Tinitus caused by loud noise is when the nerves that pick up certain frequencies of sound get damaged by constant exposure to high volumes, and just make you hear a hissing sound.

/geek.

EDIT: i had to use ear plug every time i showered for about a year, as i had grommetts put in my eardrums, just take your time placing them, if they're not right try again.

loathed
11-01-2005, 11:46 AM
umm...hey stoned rat, for your info. your nose, ears and throat are all connected. so if you have an ear infection, your nose and throat would probably not feel right at all. anyway, blood coming outta your ear is not a matter to joke with and let it go dude. i suggest seeing an ENT specialist. i've had several ear infections before. and yes, ringing in the ears when youre in a really quiet place also shows that theres a problem. cheers.

Kingofdudes
11-01-2005, 11:56 AM
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/erme.aspx

/stolen from someone else

Jom
11-01-2005, 11:57 AM
You should read SFK's little write-up on tinnitus:

http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251223

tinnitus
11-11-2005, 06:19 PM
yo stoner rat, i have had problems with my ears from ear plugs b4, you gotta take a break,
i kept going and got this infection that kept me home for 2 weeks, my ears swelled up and i couldn't move my jaw, the ENT specialist told me that it was from dirty ear plugs coming into contact with your ear, tinnitus only really pisses you off when you go to sleep, just chuck the fan on and she'll be right

also, you shouldn't play drums without ear protection, i play bass and my drummer annoys the **** out of me when i forget my ear plugs, peace

short term tinnitus should go away after a month of no exposure to loud noise IE drums or ipods.... long term tinnitus is unlikely as only rock stars or groupie bogans get it