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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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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.
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.
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.
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