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    Default What is a safe dB level to play at?

    What is a safe decibel level to play at? What db earplugs block out enough sound to prevent damage, but still allow you to hear?

    I use 24 db earplugs, but don't know if thats enough...


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    Between 85 and 90 shouldn't cause much damage on most people.
    110+ is starting to get really dangerous.

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    i doubt you'd ever go over a sustained 100 or even 90. You'll be fine
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    24 db earplugs are fine, they shound be just fine and you should not have to worry about any ear damage. just make sure you put them in right and keep them clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepassenger48
    Between 85 and 90 shouldn't cause much damage on most people.
    110+ is starting to get really dangerous.
    OK How many DB is drumming? After i know that i can subtract the earplug db to find the level


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    Quote Originally Posted by lpdrummer8
    OK How many DB is drumming? After i know that i can subtract the earplug db to find the level
    I am not sure how well this analogy will work for you but a subway pulling into a station is about 90 db. I'd say unless you are playing REALLY loud you won't hit more than 100 easily. You could get higher but fact of the matter is it'd be instantaneous. A rim shot or a clave for instance.
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    whats DB?
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    DB is dB, which is deciBels... a Bel is a logarithmic measurement of sound pressure, which equates to sound volume reasonably well.

    if you're going to be playing drums hard for more than an hour, more than a couple times a week, you need 24 dB earplugs for sure. Sound works as an accumulation over time. 85dB (a lawnmower) will cause hearing loss after an hour.

    Even with 30dB industrial earplugs and earmuffs over the top, you will still suffer hearing loss over a 12 hour festival if you stand near the speakers. Make no mistake, you do not want to take risks with your hearing, and if you THINK its vaguely loud, it is.

    Most drumming would occur around 100 dB, with peaks reaching 120 for really hardhitters on the snare and 20" heavy crashes. Drumming is extremely loud!
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    That's some good info, thanks for that man
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    Well i guess this would be a good place to ask this question since we are talking about sound levels.

    It seems to me that when i'm sitting in the middle of my double tiered Gibraltar cage playing away that the sound level of what i hear(not just volume but tone as well) is not the same as what you hear standing outside?

    Does any one else have problems with this or is it just my imagination?

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    no your correct there, the sound is different from where you stand. i dont know what causes this but it is diffrent
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    In our practice room, we used a db meter to check our volume and, as a band, we were around 90-110 db. The drums by themselves were almost the same, with sharper spikes.

    I use in-ear monitors so that i can still hear the vocals, guitars, etc and protect my hearing at the same time.

    My ears used to ring after practice, but not since I switched to the in-ear setup.

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