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Steve Hague
2018-02-13 10:43:24 UTC
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I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
Steve
Hbunnet
2018-02-13 10:57:53 UTC
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I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
Steve
Yes, I worked long hours in a noisy environment when young. I find
controlling ear wax helps but does not cure. I'm 70+ though.
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Penny
2018-02-13 11:34:01 UTC
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Post by Steve Hague
I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
Mine comes and goes for no reason I've been able to figure out. It does
appear to be associated with nerve problems though. I saw a Bowen Therapist
around Christmas in the hope of getting some of my nerve problems sorted,
and, briefly, got tinnitus in both ears (and even more numbness and
tingling elsewhere than usual, which apparently was to be expected). It's
back to just one ear now.
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LFS
2018-02-13 12:58:33 UTC
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I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
The British Tinnitus Association may offer help: www.tinnitus.org.uk

When the thing in my head was discovered medics kept asking if I had
tinnitus and I kept saying no. It hadn't occurred to me that the gentle
sound of rushing water in my right ear was tinnitus. As my hearing has
deteriorated, it now sounds like a waterfall but hearing aids make a
difference and it doesn't bother me much. I know many people suffer very
badly so I'm grateful for that.
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2018-02-13 13:23:58 UTC
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Post by Steve Hague
I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
I've generally heard that nothing cures it, but it's worse when there's
silence, so white noise helps - really any noise, but white noise might
be easier to sleep with. But I don't want to be just another "outsider
looking in", so please ignore me.
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The British Tinnitus Association may offer help: www.tinnitus.org.uk
When the thing in my head was discovered medics kept asking if I had
tinnitus and I kept saying no. It hadn't occurred to me that the gentle
sound of rushing water in my right ear was tinnitus. As my hearing has
deteriorated, it now sounds like a waterfall but hearing aids make a
difference and it doesn't bother me much. I know many people suffer
very badly so I'm grateful for that.
That's the first time I've ever heard that it can be broad-spectrum.
I've always imagined it was a single tone nerve malfunctioning, thus
seemed like a pure tone that comes and goes (or doesn't go in the worst
cases). [I tend to think of it in electronic terms, as that's my
background.]
Thinking about it in electronic terms, I would imagine that it _might_
be possible to "ground" the misfiring nerve - but I can see that most
medical people would be very reluctant to do that sort of operation,
which would I imagine be of similar complexity to doing a cochlear
implant, on an ear that is otherwise working OK, as any such I presume
always carries the possibility of doing damage. (And the "misfiring"
might not be at the source anyway, but anywhere along the path from the
cilia to the brain.)
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Nick Odell
2018-02-14 04:10:53 UTC
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Post by Steve Hague
I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
Steve
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a 38 special applied to
the offending ear will provide a complete, immediate and absolute
removal of the problem. Unfortunately nothing else will.

My sympathies (seriously) I've had it for years but, in the main it's
very high pitched like the old 625 line TV whistle and doesn't get in
the way of speech and music frequencies. I had a bit of a worry a couple
of years ago when, during a bout of 'flu, I started another whistle at a
much more disturbing lower frequency but that seems to have gone away
now. (Oh, nugger. Now I've said that, let me edit to say, no it hasn't )
I find distractions away from the noise help. I pay it less attention
and it seems to grow less intense. On the other hand I once found it
quite scary how concentrating on the sound seemed to create a positive
feedback loop and the whistle grew louder and louder: I won't do that again!

I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand watts
of loudspeakers right behind my back.

Nick
Vicky
2018-02-14 07:26:35 UTC
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I'd be amazed if no otherat has this condition. I've learned to live
with it, but a young colleague has just developed it and is horrified.
Has anyone found a treatment that works? I've tried many that don't. I
don't want him to go down the same route.
Steve
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a 38 special applied to
the offending ear will provide a complete, immediate and absolute
removal of the problem.
BTN
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Unfortunately nothing else will.
My sympathies (seriously) I've had it for years but, in the main it's
very high pitched like the old 625 line TV whistle and doesn't get in
the way of speech and music frequencies. I had a bit of a worry a couple
of years ago when, during a bout of 'flu, I started another whistle at a
much more disturbing lower frequency but that seems to have gone away
now. (Oh, nugger. Now I've said that, let me edit to say, no it hasn't )
I find distractions away from the noise help. I pay it less attention
and it seems to grow less intense. On the other hand I once found it
quite scary how concentrating on the sound seemed to create a positive
feedback loop and the whistle grew louder and louder: I won't do that again!
I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand watts
of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
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2018-02-14 16:26:38 UTC
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand watts
of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
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Nick Odell
2018-02-15 16:59:20 UTC
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick - who nowadays has had
almost as many hits as the Wesley Brothers - was a singer/songwriter in
those days and today is probably the best known of the acts we supported
- translation: I've forgotten most of the other names and would have to
go and look them up.

I guess the whole PA amounted to a couple of thousand watts though my
guitar amp, right behind my ears, was actually only 200w. I've just
Googled those venues whose names I can still remember and yes, 2K is a
reasonable estimate: the smallest just scrapes over the line with a
seating capacity of 2009.

Nick
Chris McMillan
2018-02-15 17:37:15 UTC
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.

Sincerely Chris
Kate B
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
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Mike
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
‘Hadden Hall’ for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
‘character’!
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
‘Hadden Hall’ for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
‘character’!
Indeed! He was my Sir Despard, with the now-rather-famous Hilary Summers
as Mad Margaret. A magnificent pair!
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Kate B
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
‘Hadden Hall’ for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
‘character’!
Forgot Haddon Hall.

Sincerely Chris
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
‘Hadden Hall’ for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
‘character’!
I'm a bit late to the party but that would have been in 1992 and it
was the first production of Haddon Hall I'd ever had a chance to see.
Well worth the journey from South London. Nigel was a Vice President
of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and there were quite a few members
of the Society there that evening.

More details here.

http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/hhread.htm

I hope it's of interest.
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
‘Hadden Hall’ for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
‘character’!
I'm a bit late to the party but that would have been in 1992 and it
was the first production of Haddon Hall I'd ever had a chance to see.
Well worth the journey from South London. Nigel was a Vice President
of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and there were quite a few members
of the Society there that evening.
More details here.
http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/hhread.htm
I hope it's of interest.
I was only asked by Nigel very much last minute if I could make the
recording for him and no time to incorporate mics in appropriate positions
- no rehearsal or opportunity to make a sound check; mic position was
dictated by many restraints placed upon me by the set and location of the
musicians - I did what I could but was not proud of the results I’m afraid,
;-(
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2018-02-21 11:28:15 UTC
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
?Hadden Hall? for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
?character?!
I'm a bit late to the party but that would have been in 1992 and it
was the first production of Haddon Hall I'd ever had a chance to see.
Well worth the journey from South London. Nigel was a Vice President
of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and there were quite a few members
of the Society there that evening.
More details here.
http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/hhread.htm
I hope it's of interest.
I was only asked by Nigel very much last minute if I could make the
recording for him and no time to incorporate mics in appropriate positions
- no rehearsal or opportunity to make a sound check; mic position was
dictated by many restraints placed upon me by the set and location of the
musicians - I did what I could but was not proud of the results I’m afraid,
;-(
Sorry Mike, I only included the link by way of interest, certainly not
as a comment on the quality of the recording. Never managed to get my
hands on a copy, so after 25 years I can remember very little about
the actual performance, sadly:-(
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
Did you ever come across Nigel Burton who was an authority on G&S? He
worked for the UofR Music dept. and I had the experience of recording
?Hadden Hall? for him in the Gert Hall once.N.B. was quite a (cough-cough)
?character?!
I'm a bit late to the party but that would have been in 1992 and it
was the first production of Haddon Hall I'd ever had a chance to see.
Well worth the journey from South London. Nigel was a Vice President
of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and there were quite a few members
of the Society there that evening.
More details here.
http://gasdisc.oakapplepress.com/hhread.htm
I hope it's of interest.
I was only asked by Nigel very much last minute if I could make the
recording for him and no time to incorporate mics in appropriate positions
- no rehearsal or opportunity to make a sound check; mic position was
dictated by many restraints placed upon me by the set and location of the
musicians - I did what I could but was not proud of the results I’m afraid,
;-(
Sorry Mike, I only included the link by way of interest, certainly not
as a comment on the quality of the recording. Never managed to get my
hands on a copy, so after 25 years I can remember very little about
the actual performance, sadly:-(
That’s fine Pete, it wasn’t seen as a comment from you poisonally at all,
at all. I saw a review at the time and put the experience down to not being
assertive enough of my needs for mic placement etc. Last minute requests
rarely allow for planning, placement and so forth; I suppose I should have
declined the job really - oh well, many bridges have passed water since
then.
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I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick -
And if you came across a singer, Linda Mitchell and her very multi talented
singer, multi talented instrumentalist Chris Mitchell who performed with
Graham for many years, they are close friends of mine, Chris being a
music tutor on campus where McT was lawfully employed but I met them at
church originally before hey married and long before they met Graham. They
are one of the reasons I chose the original church I went to.
Sincerely Chris
Small world... The very first opera I ever directed was Ruddigore, for
the Reading University Opera Society. We performed in the Great Hall and
the conductor was none other than Chris Mitchell! He was splendid and I
have very fond memories of that show (and sad ones too, but that's
another story).
And chances are one of the performers may have been Jeff Trim, neighbour,
and fellow church goer. He loves G and S (and opera of all types).

Sincerely Chris
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Post by Nick Odell
I blame it on standing on stage in my yoof with an electric guitar, a
couple of thousand people in front of me and a couple of thousand
watts of loudspeakers right behind my back.
Nick
Those sound quite significant numbers, both audience and wattage: care
to tell us the name of the group (or your stage name if it was solo)?
I was just in the "house band" in a 60s package tour that went around
(most of) the UK. The hymnwriter Graham Kendrick - who nowadays has had
almost as many hits as the Wesley Brothers - was a singer/songwriter in
those days and today is probably the best known of the acts we supported
- translation: I've forgotten most of the other names and would have to
go and look them up.
I guess the whole PA amounted to a couple of thousand watts though my
guitar amp, right behind my ears, was actually only 200w. I've just
Googled those venues whose names I can still remember and yes, 2K is a
reasonable estimate: the smallest just scrapes over the line with a
seating capacity of 2009.
My dead ear hisses and beeps away very quietly to itself, but I'm used
to it and it doesn't bother me. I get occasional tinnitus in my
remaining ear, but it's nothing to do with loud music - I've had it
since I was a young child in about 15-minute spells which just fade away
again. So far.

However, there is a bit of a dip in my hearing sensitivity in a smallish
frequency range, which my audiologist looked at and said "loud music".
I blame Dr Feelgood, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Stones and a
few others. I didn't go to all that many rock gigs in my youth, but
those I did attend were boodly loud! I am *very* careful with the
headphone volume these days. Nothing like losing one ear to make you
value the other one...
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