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Will you get deaf on one ear after long term of playing the violin?
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Huey142
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I wanted to know will violinists be deaf on one ear because the violin is played on one side of the ear and it is really loud so please tell me.

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Never heard about becoming deaf but some people will play with cotton or ear plugs in the left ear.  This is to dampen the sound of the violin which can be harsh up close and, perhaps, it is more comfortable.

I would think that very few players could make enough noise, and loud enough, to do permanent damage(?)  (Be glad you are not one of those "rock" musicians who can suffer hearing loss AND other possible cerebral injury.)

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We don't go deaf but we have lessoned hearing at a certain frequency. But this is probably more for professionals and those who play extreme amounts of violin. Some instruments are extremely powerful whereas others are soft. Everyone is different as well. Playing the violin can't be as bad for your ears as listening to extremely loud music.

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Ouhh I see. Thanks for telling ^^

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I wear earplugs when I play, but I'm unusually averse to loud noises. I cover my ears when audiences applaud, and when trucks drive by when I'm out walking.

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lol you have really sensitive ears don't you? 🙂

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I cover my ears for trucks too. Ambulances, police cars, garbage trucks..... Cover my ears when passing by workers using drills and heavy equipment. I wear these special form fit plugs if I go to a club with loud music or the cinema.

I strongly suggest everyone here to be careful since you only get one set of ears and as much modern medicine and surgery that we have today, they still can't replace them and give us perfect hearing.

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I think this is a great question! I think I would like to get the Ceclio electric violin because it has headphone and i can control the sound. I hope that i will be able to catch on quickly being able to practice quietly at home.

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Yes it is a very good question. After many years of playing loud guitar I have some hearing issues. To me my hearing seems fine but when I get in a rehearsal studio with fellow musicians they say, "Sounds great! but can you turn it down a bit?" I say, "Why don't you turn it up a bit?" Some of my close friends in the band "Soul Asylum" are having some hearing issues now too. Time to get fitted for a nice pair or ear plugs.

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I see. Hahah I thought it was a stupid question to ask but I was really curious so I just asked anyway. 😛

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Actually, I have already since some months realized that I hear worse on my left ear, even thought I am no professional. Maybe the sound just is too strong?

(I am not bothered by it, so I just ignore it.)

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I wonder though. Compared to the loud music that many young people listen to today with their MP3 products how bad can the fiddle be?

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Fiddlerman said:

I wonder though. Compared to the loud music that many young people listen to today with their MP3 products how bad can the fiddle be?

I agree. And besides, that's why we have two ears. Take good care of your right one, just in case.amuse

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LOL. Even if I have two ears I still want them to be in good condition. And when I hear songs through MP3 I never put it loud except when someone nags at me only then I'll put it loud. 😀

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I'm guilty of listening to loud music wether it be headphones, speakers or amps. I don't think that the violin is loud enough to cause any real damage but I could be wrong. I am going to still get some ear plugs though for the movies and when I get those great seats up front for live rock concerts.drummer

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Not a bad idea MGN. I was able to get the great special form fit musicians earplugs from my past orchestra. They are expensive with several different filters but SO worth it. I actually use them more for going out to clubs or the movies than I do for playing the fiddle.dazed

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Could you get some links with those earplugs Fiddlerman?

See Huey, how a simple question can turn into a real topic for musicians? jimi-hendrix

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Huey142 said:

LOL. Even if I have two ears I still want them to be in good condition. And when I hear songs through MP3 I never put it loud except when someone nags at me only then I'll put it loud. 😀

Aww, you're no fun. Just kidding, just kidding. 

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myguitarnow said:

Could you get some links with those earplugs Fiddlerman?

See Huey, how a simple question can turn into a real topic for musicians? jimi-hendrix

LOL. I never knew. It was all out of curiosity anyway.

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GennaLea said:

Huey142 said:

LOL. Even if I have two ears I still want them to be in good condition. And when I hear songs through MP3 I never put it loud except when someone nags at me only then I'll put it loud. 😀

Aww, you're no fun. Just kidding, just kidding. 

LOL. But it is true. I don't want to have bad hearing since my sister always slur her words when she talks. It seems like only I can understand what she's talking sometimes. laugh

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