I’ve seen this a lot:
I have tinnitus and hearing loss from my rock and roll drumming days. It’s no joke. It never goes away. I have major sleep problems but it’s not because of the tinnitus. In some ways you can learn to ignore the constant noise or hum or …sound, but the worst park is getting up in the middle of the night when all around you is quiet and the hum or hiss ruins the experience. The same for being in a quiet forest or natural setting when you want to hear the forest sounds and the hum persists. I know other people with tinnitus and one of them says that if there was one thing in their life that they could change, it would be to be tinnitus free. Two friends got it from being in the military in Vietnam because of various weapons or ordinance detonations. Many rock musicians have tinnitus and hearing loss because of loud music. I think current musicians may have better hearing protection now, but not all. With some musicians, it’s a macho thing to play it at 11. Being in a loud restaurant with friends is a drag because I can’t understand much of what they’re saying. If you’re playing loud music, going to concerts or firing weapons, use hearing protection, you’ll be glad you did later in your life. Tinnitus is a total drag. – Gary Reams
Especially when firing guns at fleeing protesters, or burning churches in the dead of night, wear hearing protection! You’ll thank me as society implodes.