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For Your Ears Only

Article by Sean Mitchell // March 06 2016
For Your Ears Only

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably well aware of the dangers we as drummers face when it comes to hearing loss. Being that the average drummer produces sound well above 85db, it only takes a layman to recognize the importance of hearing protection.

It has been reported that approximately 65% of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees suffer from some form of hearing loss. Alarming stats indeed when you consider how much we depend on our ears. Gone are the days of stuffing cotton in your ear to prevent future hearing aid use. Today's technology and understanding of hearing loss allows us to protect our most valuable asset without sacrificing a quality monitor mix.

The chart below compares the sound pressure levels (without hearing protection) of the drumkit, the stage and the Marshall stacks to everyday situations and their potential for hearing damage. If these facts and figures don't make you want to get fitted for in-ear monitors, nothing will.


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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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