Anderton Posted October 24, 2002 Share Posted October 24, 2002 I got a nasty ear infection about a month ago, and got it treated with antibiotics. But it hung in there, with some major treble loss, so I went to see a specialist. I explained that my hearing is REALLY REALLY important to me, so he assumed worse case and said although I was probably just recovering from the infection, my symptons could indicate bone conduction loss. As you can imagine, I wasn't real pleased with that concept. So I got a battery of tests of my hearing. Long story short: nothing terrible, just the after effects of the infection. But in analyzing the tests, the doctor told me I had remarkably good hearing for [ahem] "someone my age." Well, I can't tell you how much better it made me feel to know that yes, what I'm hearing when I mix is really what I should be hearing, and yes, all those years I used earplugs on stage were worth it. Bottom line: you've heard it before, I know, but protect your heraing. To that I would add get your ears tested regularly. I don't know what I would have done had the doctor said "Sorry to say this, but you have serious midrange and high-frequency loss, and it will likely deteriortate at a rapid rate in the years ahead." But I hope I never hear that, and I hope you don't either. I have several musician friends who have tinnitus, are partially deaf in one ear, etc. In all cases, they could have been prevented either by using protection on stage, or catching diseases in their early stages. So do both!! Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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