Re: What the ear specialist told me...
Karl, no need to panic or fear. Deafness and a little loss of hearing are two different things.
I suffer from partial hearing loss. and I can only advise all that ear-protection is not a option.. its a must.
My damage is from years of being around my drums and loud amps.. these volumes, on average are much higher dbs than the human ear can stand or be exposed to for any lengh of time.
Whoever is reading this thread, please start right now, if you havent already.