Long term exposure to loudness

said: Nov 11, 2007
 56 posts

Dear all,

will like to ask if there is any impact to the child's hearing, since the left ear is closest to the violin ? if so, what can be done about it ? thanks

Talent is not born, but created

said: Nov 11, 2007
 103 posts

This is a good question! I’ve wondered about this myself.

However, I tend to be sensitive to sound (I don’t enjoy my teen sibblings music and can’t stand it when they turn the volume up!) and I’ve found if anything that I feel like I hear better with my left ear than my right. Not that I’ve had testing or anything, but when it comes to listening closely I tend to prefer my left ear.

Any one else have thoughts?

said: Nov 12, 2007
 56 posts

Yes Freesia, thanks for bringing up the pt on the sizes of violin, and also on the fact that some violins do have a beautiful voice as well as being able to project. I do wish for the day when my kid progresses that well, that it justifies plonking a pretty sum of money to get a really good violin.

Talent is not born, but created

said: Nov 13, 2007
 19 posts

I’ve found if anything that I feel like I hear better with my left ear than my right. Not that I’ve had testing or anything, but when it comes to listening closely I tend to prefer my left ear.

Twinkle Rhythms has my experience exactly!! I’ve played violin since age 5, and I definitely prefer my left ear for listening closely (whether on the phone, listening to quiet conversation, etc.). And sounds that I like—music especially—I hear it much better with my left ear.

From personal experience, I don’t think the violin damages the ear at all; rather, I think it trains the left ear to be much more sensitive to nuances in pitch, dynamics, and other details.

Anybody else feel like this?

said: Nov 14, 2007
 19 posts

freesia

if I’m trying to read, and someone starts playing music, all my attention goes instantly to the music.

That is what happens to me, too. Even if I’m engrossed in a conversation with someone, if music starts playing in the background, I start paying attention to the music, and I literally have to FORCE myself to concentrate on what the other person is saying!

I don’t like very loud places, either… that’s why I dislike going to hear bands play (rock bands). It’s extremely uncomfortable and I never enjoy it just because it makes my ears hurt. (Don’t mean to sound whiny or anything!)

My husband (a non-musician) always jokes that I’m “deaf”… if there is music playing, I can’t hear ANYTHING else, not even him if he’s calling me or talking to me! He says the same thing about our musician friends, too—that “none of them can hear properly.” I think that we’re just tuned in to a different level. :)

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