Myself being the ‘too cool to wear earplugs’ while being the teenage to twenty-something rock star in a band, can fully appreciate how debilitating hearing conditions such as these can be. I have partial hearing and phantom pains in my right ear from not wearing any hearing protecting during practice/shows. If you’re young and think that it’s cool, and that ringing in your ears goes away after each show. I’m here to tell you that you’re dead wrong, like I was. You’ll be looking at a life full of, ‘can you please repeat that?’ and lip reading like I do. Protect your hearing. Once it’s gone, it doesn’t come back.