Trumpets and potential hearing loss

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  1. kingtrumpet

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    Wow - ole KT is getting slow in his old age as I should have caught this detail sooner --- this thread about hearing loss was started by our Canadian friend ---- EH? EH? speak up I can't hear you -- Eh Eh. ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  2. tobylou8

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    What?
     
  3. MichaelMontcombroux

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    kingtrumpet; this thread about hearing loss was started by our Canadian friend ---- EH? EH

    Yes, I started this thread a few days ago because I have encountered a problem which goes beyond the usual how-do-I-get-a-good-sound-out-of-this-horn type of question. TM members have made several insightful contributions to the thread, as well as plenty of light-hearted ones, a few of which were directed at me. I take it all in good nature because they were meant in jest (I hope).

    A little back story to put things into context. Like many on this forum I have had my hearing compromised somewhat by exposure to loud noise in earlier life. In my case during military service. I later developed severe tinnitus, to the degree that I largely gave up playing music. Through a change of lifestyle I succeeded in getting rid of the said tinnitus and took up the flute. But flutes are not trumpets and I have long admired and hankered after a cornet. This summer I gave in and rented a horn, bought a method book, joined TM and set to. I believe (my wife’s opinion might vary) I was making good progress. Most of all I was having fun. And I found lots of support on TM (more than I ever did on a floot forum).

    Unfortunately, just to spoil the party, my long-absent tinnitus came back with a vengeance. Only those who have it will know how it can drive one crazy. I have not practiced in three days and have not had any tinnitus during that time. Logic would suggest: ditch the horn. Hearing is more important.

    In response to the issue of the room one plays in. I play in a large open room, and sometimes outdoors. So the surroundings are not exacerbating the problem.

    I have not made a final decision but the writing on the wall suggests it’s goodbye horn, goodbye TM
     
  4. gmonady

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    If we stick to practicing we wont be muffing music in our ears.
     
  5. gmonady

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    Tinnitus suggests other problems that is less related to volume and has more to do with inner ear etiology toward the brain side of things. A problem that would be less in Kingtrumpet's case seeing that it involves the brain.
     
  6. MichaelMontcombroux

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    I agree. The Mayo Clinic lists exposure to loud noise the number one cause, though there are many more.
    In my case:
    No horn playing = no tinnitus
    Horn playing = tinnitus appears
    Ergo ... ?
     
  7. tobylou8

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    Nautics???
     
  8. gmonady

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    Or in your case... Eargo.
     
  9. kingtrumpet

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    KT here has tinnitus (and your reasoning is not sound as you will find many other contributors to tinnitus) -- I've got 50% hearing loss (had it before my comeback to trumpet 6 yrs ago) ---- you know Michael you can quit --- but might I suggest workinv with your tuner to dial in the sound you play --- I've thoroughly enjoyed playing my trumpet even with auditory problems
     
  10. kingtrumpet

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    I will admit I have trouble with picking notes out when I play trombone -- and I have some problems in community band hearing the conductor. But all in all I think my good buddy ole GM can testify that I can get a couple of good notes out of a trumpet --- even if I don't "hear" the same quality as most of you do ------ don't be a quitter is my advice --- if you enjoy the trumpet you will find a way to keep playing
     

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