Dear fellow violinists,
Lately my ears have been getting irritated by the loudness of music. Basically, when I’m in a closed space such as a practice room, an orchestra pit, or even a living room, my ears start feeling sore. It’s not even louder music than normal, just the usual. It’s also not just my instrument; when others play I have the same reaction. Now I often use earplugs, and they make a huge difference (I don’t even put them in all the way, just a little so that I can prevent the loudest noises from getting in). However, I didn’t need earplugs in the past.
Why is it that I seem to be the only one using earplugs anywhere I play, and the decibel level doesn’t seem to bother anyone else? Do I just have sensitive ears, or do others’ ears automatically block excess noise, or have they already become a few notches deafer? Please tell me I’m not the only one being bothered!
Our ears are very delicate, and I seriously think that as violinists our hearing can easily become impaired in our left ear, due to its proximity to the instrument. Think of when we become really old: we’ll all need hearing aides!!
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