What do you hear when it's silent?

JUZZI

Well-known member
*No, I'm not asking that in some introspective way nor wanting this to turn into some deep conversation. And no, this doesn't have anything to do with a quarantine or anything like that because it's been going on for years*

I literally mean: what do you hear when it's silent?

I've noticed this for a long time now (been playing drums for almost 20 years and playing music/instruments for about 22+ years in general) and was reminded of it this morning while sitting in my drum room that was completely silent at the time.

When it is silent I hear what could only be described as static in both ears. Like a radio that has no station but very quiet. In addition, I hear a soft high pitched tone.. almost like a bell but a continuous note with no ringing, a 'syntone' I believe is what it could be most closely described as. The longer I sit in silence the louder that 'tone' gets to the point that it will start to cause discomfort in my temples and almost feel like the insides of my ears are being gently squeezed. If my allergies are active that day it will quickly spread into my sinus cavities and nasal passage. I literally keep a talk radio station on 24/7 at home whenever I'm not watching TV or playing drums because it really starts to bother me.

Am I going deaf? Am I going crazy? Am I just a drummer with the beginnings of ear damage after two decades on the throne?

So, what do you hear when it's silent?
That totally sounds like early signs of ear problems to me.

In silence I hear nothing but drum grooves going round my head! in terms of ringing - NOPE nothing as I always try my best to look after my ears and when I do feel any slight after effects of loud music I take the necessary steps to prevent future damage.

If I was you I'd immediately take a break, invest in really really good earplugs and defenders. Even wear plugs round the house and day to day to help recover. Also wear them when you go out to clubs/gigs/nights out. Completely avoid listening to general music or drum tracks through headphones for the time being too - If you use headphones on an electric kit then swap to an amp for a short while as I sometimes do this when I can tell i've blasted too much but still need to practice. If you have done all this already then go to see a specialist and get advice on tinnitus.
 
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roncadillac

Member
That totally sounds like early signs of ear problems to me.

In silence I hear nothing but drum grooves going round my head! in terms of ringing - NOPE nothing as I always try my best to look after my ears and when I feel any slight after effects of loud music I take the necessary steps to prevent future damage.

If I was you I'd immediately take a break, invest in really really good earplugs and defenders. Even wear plugs round the house and day to day to help recover. Also wear them when you go out to clubs/gigs/nights. Completely avoid listening to general music or drum tracks through headphones for the time being too - If you use headphones on an electric kit then swap to an amp for a short while as I sometimes do this when I can tell i've blasted too much but still need to practice. If you have done all this already then go see a specialist and get advice on tinnitus.
I may have to look into something, I always hated earplugs because they worked too well. I never tried good expensive ones that allow you to hear but block out extreme highs and lows.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I ruined my hearing before age 6.

I get so much pleasure from my sense of hearing that when I was under 3 feet tall, I used to ask my friends to hum low pitched sounds into my ear, with cupped hands. I enjoyed it. It totally ruined my hearing. I can remember being like 6 years old and thinking to myself...I can hear radio waves lol. That tells me I had tinnitus from a very young age.
 

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
*No, I'm not asking that in some introspective way nor wanting this to turn into some deep conversation. And no, this doesn't have anything to do with a quarantine or anything like that because it's been going on for years*

I literally mean: what do you hear when it's silent?

I've noticed this for a long time now (been playing drums for almost 20 years and playing music/instruments for about 22+ years in general) and was reminded of it this morning while sitting in my drum room that was completely silent at the time.

When it is silent I hear what could only be described as static in both ears. Like a radio that has no station but very quiet. In addition, I hear a soft high pitched tone.. almost like a bell but a continuous note with no ringing, a 'syntone' I believe is what it could be most closely described as. The longer I sit in silence the louder that 'tone' gets to the point that it will start to cause discomfort in my temples and almost feel like the insides of my ears are being gently squeezed. If my allergies are active that day it will quickly spread into my sinus cavities and nasal passage. I literally keep a talk radio station on 24/7 at home whenever I'm not watching TV or playing drums because it really starts to bother me.

Am I going deaf? Am I going crazy? Am I just a drummer with the beginnings of ear damage after two decades on the throne?

So, what do you hear when it's silent?
I can hear my heart beat if I'm turned just right and I hear my digestive track a lot - it's noisy and it has a larger - than - it - should - be sound chamber to echo in.

No static or hissing.
 

Frosticles

Silver Member
I am 80% deaf from music. If it is completely silent then I hear a kind of phased high pitched, constant tone focussed mainly to my right. It's not loud though & doesn't affect my sleep etc. I am just aware that it is always there.

Look after your hearing. Because when it's gone.......... it's gone :( I wish I had when I was younger. I now wear hearing aides & am useless without them :(
 

beyondbetrayal

Platinum Member
I dont like silence, I like the sound of a fan or tv most of the time, but in total silence i do hear a ring or a high pitched hum. The quieter it is the louder i hear it. all those years of jamming in punk bands in small bedrooms with everything cranked to 11 as a young teen did not treat my ears good. I am happy as I got older, and we all ended up with better gear, louder gear, PA systems I started using professional hearing protection, but that stuff doesn't come back. the damage is done.
 

moodman

Well-known member
I've had it since age nine when some fool put a firecracker next to my ear as I slept. 59 years of playing unprotected hasn't helped. I don't hear it most of the time, only when, like now, the subject comes up or I am in a really quiet place. You can learn to forget about it, to me it is just the way the world has sounded since 1955.
I'm old and gig less now so it seems better than when I gigged every week.
 

Weave2112

Active member
For about 30 years now, I have been sleeping with the fan on every night. I even bring one with me when I travel, if possible. That constant noise is the only way I can ever get to sleep. Otherwise, it sounds like a fire alarm in my head. The tinnitus struggle is very real, unfortunately.
 
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