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Bzzzzz… Bzzzzz… Bzzzzz…
– Hey! Do you hear the bees?
– The bees! Can you hear them?
– What bees? There are no bees here!
– Well, what’s this buzzing in my head?
Like you, I’ve been to over a thousand concerts. And I still continue to go to them. I’ve seen good ones, very good ones, and bad ones, too. However, I won’t mention any groups, because tastes are subjective and I don’t want to make anyone angry. Furthermore, that’s not the theme of this article.
On the other hand, one thing is certain. And it’s that I’ve often left the rooms where the show had taken place, drunk obviously (but that’s also another story) but also with buzzing ears. And it still happens to me. Sometimes it lasts several hours and I wake up the next day wondering if I’m not trapped in a bee hive!
You too, right? And I’m sure you’ve also had that little introductory ‘bee’ dialogue at some time or another!!!
Also, having been a singer, I went to rehearsal studios with my band mates, and there again, I often came out with bees in my head. And drunk too? Yes, drunk too!!! But not only…… the musicians who read this will understand well what I’m talking about.
Today we’re going to look at this terrible affliction:
And yes. At our advanced age, and given our rock ’n’ roll musical way of life, it’s often that we suffer from this temporary pathology (and for the most unlucky, permanent).
We all remember those Sunday ‘mornings’; the nose in a coffee or in a beer, the hangover, the pasty mouth with the bonus of these fucking noises in our head!
Tinnitus can arrive after repeated exposure to high volume. We all know it. However, how many times have I stuck to the speaker to hear better and enjoy the music that escaped from them. Besides, I wasn’t the only one, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you, reader friends, were standing right next to me!
Therefore, this affliction is a logical consequence of my silly, thoughtless, irresponsible behaviour. Or quite simply my love for live music.
No, I have no regrets. I like to listen to loud, very loud music. Although I think sometimes I could have avoided being so close to the speakers.
However, this situation happened to me a short time ago at a concert of our Russian FPG buddies.
The room was quite small but crowded. There were about two hundred people and I was behind several large frames. I wasn’t really happy with my place. I wanted to be closer, not necessarily to the speakers, but to the stage.
The more the concert went on, the more people in front of me left their places. “Cool”, I said to myself, finding myself in the front row. All the while wondering why they were moving away. Because the show was really good.
But in fact, I realized fairly quickly that they had set sail because the speaker was right in front of them, and the sound it was spitting out was at a volume that was difficult to bear.
Never mind! I was finally in the coveted place, and it was certainly not the very loud sound that was going to make me give up my advanced position.
So I stayed there alongside Cheryl, who also likes to listen to very loud music. However Cheryl was slightly offset, so that for her, the sound was more bearable. And I enjoyed the show until the last chords before joining our friends backstage.
The buzzing sound that followed didn’t bother me. On the contrary, it extended the concert which had been excellent, and the evening, which would last a long time and end with vodka, was really great.
Prevention and solutions
Obviously, there are different ways to fight tinnitus.
1. First, preventively:
– A / Earplugs: this is THE easiest and cheapest solution not to be a victim of this phenomenon. But for me it distorts the sound and I never wear them.
– B / Noise cancelling headphones: it’s the same as the ear plugs but much more expensive and not at all practical for dancing the pogo!
– C / Stay away from the speakers: good solution, but there, impossible to vibrate to the sound of the music.
– D / Buy a VIP ticket: then the disadvantages add up because it’s impossible to vibrate to the sound of the music, impossible to dance the pogo and of course, it costs more!
– E / Put your fingers in your ears: uh …… yeah, free, efficient and always in our possession, but with the guarantee of really looking like an idiot!
2. The remedies:
– A / Eat raw garlic and rosemary: some tinnitus may be due to too high blood pressure. It can be lowered by eating raw garlic and rosemary, which are known to have a positive effect on blood circulation. Be careful, however, not to have a date in the process. The breath that we get from eating garlic can cause a very bad result in a romantic situation.
– B / Essential oils: the preparation may discourage you but the effectiveness of these essential oils is well known.
Recipe: put in an empty bottle:
– 60 drops of Italian Helichrysum essential oil
– 40 drops of Basil essential oil
– 60 drops of Petit Grain Bigarade essential oil
– 60 drops of Patchouli essential oil
Stopper the bottle and shake until you get a homogenized mixture, then apply 2 to 3 drops of the mixture around the ear, being careful not to touch the ear canal. Do this 2-3 times a day for a week.
– C / Traditional Chinese medicine: the exercise called the “celestial drum”: plug your ear at the level of the tragus (orifice of the ear) with the middle finger placed, not pressed! Tap 36 times on the middle finger with one finger of the other hand: a slight hammer or drum sound will be heard. Repeat the operation on the other ear. The relief is almost guaranteed.
– D / Acupuncture: this can also help to reduce tinnitus. But it’s expensive and can take weeks to get an appointment.
– E / Hypnosis: several trials carried out on patients in clinics have given positive results. But more about improving the quality of life for patients than reducing tinnitus.
As I said before, I’ve attended a lot of concerts over the decades, and quite often I’ve been near the stage and the speakers. But I must admit that I’m doing well, because I don’t have tinnitus. Or let’s say that like hangovers, it disappears the next day. So I’ll continue to enjoy loud concerts.
Thanks to those of you who’ve read this. Feel free to tell us in the comments if you suffer from this terrible affliction and what you do to relieve it. (Cheryl has recently started suffering from this, so she can sympathise with you!)Follow us: