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Protect Your Ears?

This week we’re examining how ear plugs effect both our health & our singing.   

From simple pitching to complex harmony work we rely on our ears daily – often without even acknowledging it. However, when it comes to protecting them, many of us are guilty of neglect. Many of us are routinely exposed to heavily amplified sound yet choose not to wear ear plugs. Why is this? The most common complaint among singers is that it changes their perception of their voice, making it difficult to make artistic choices in the heat of the moment. But is this simply a question of getting the ‘right’ ear plugs or even becoming accustomed to the sensation of using them? This week we’d like to know.

So the question is: Do you wear ear plugs for rehearsals or live gigs? If so, how does this effect your singing?

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week I asked: What do you think are the most important attributes needed for a singer to survive in the business-side of singing?

Russell Hoke wrote…

“Understanding your market and setting realistic and attainable goals. Also, have a wide and deep network of colleagues that share the same goals. Always value yourself and know what your time and talent are worth. Find out what people like you are charging and try to stay aware of what your local scene is doing”.

Dane Chalfin commented…

“Thick skin and relentless work ethic”.

David Carmona Posted…

“Perseverance…never give up. The business side is has a steep learning curve and requires a different skill set. If you use the same courage and devotion to the business side as your music side you can be successful”.

Wes Maebe responded…

“A great and unique voice”.

Great comments this week guys, looking forward to hearing your responses to next week’s question.

C x

  • Anonymous

    I sing in a classic rock band and use musician’s type ear plugs (the kind with the middle post and concentric rubber rings) for every performance. And with our new, loud drummer, even during practice. I have to turn up my monitor (which can also create feedback with my mic), but my ears would ring after the gig if I didn’t use plugs. They take getting used to, but I wouldn’t play without them.

    One thing that may help me is that I’ve taken a few years of singing lessons and was taught to pay attention how it feels when the sound is coming out right…which means I don’t have to rely completely on hearing my voice.


  • al-andrew

    I really like Toms comment on following the feeling first ! This is one of the most important techniques to learn. Every noise we make has a correct placement and we need to rely on this feeling first.

  • al-andrew

    It is crucial to protect your ears, in practice and live, every professional or serious musician should be investing in custom hearing protection or In Ear Monitoring.
    The effect of long term neglect is devastating !