> I just read part one of a long interview with Mission of Burma in The
> Big Takeover. Roger Miller wears headphones (like the ones airport
> workers wear) over some other layer over top of earplugs. Three
> layers of hearing protection. He basically can't hear a thing on
> stage and plays by instinct. Yeesh.
And, I bet, by vibrations from that band's volume. Miller's said his
tinnitus began before Burma while he was composing experimental electronic
music and the band just aggravated a pre-existing condition. Aside from
wearing plugs at loud shows, an excellent way to preserve one's hearing is
to NOT blast music into your ears with headphones cranked at a high volume.
Those concentrated doses can do a number on your ears.