In the field of Audio Engineering, knowing how to use the tools at your disposal is the name of the game. However, people often overlook one of the most important tools available to them – their ears. No matter how much equipment a sound engineer has, if their ears aren’t in tip top shape, it will be quite hard to do their job to the best of their ability.
While it is fun to listen to loud music and go to concerts, without proper protection it can be very easy to damage your ears permanently. A number of things can lead to hearing loss, such as aging, being around loud noises like firing guns at a shooting range, head injuries and sometimes side effects of medications. Even driving around with your car windows down can cause irreparable damage to your hearing. And unfortunately, even with all the advances in technology and medical science, restoring one’s hearing is still decades out from being a reality.