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Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg wants musicians to take care of their hearing


If any musician should know the potential dangers of listening to loud music, it’s Jay Weinberg: he’s the drummer for Slipknot, one of the world’s most devastating bands.

That’s why Weinberg, who has been drumming for metal icons since 2014, is launching a new campaign to remind musicians and music fans to protect their hearing (in line with sound louder).

In the Hearing Health Foundation’s public service announcement video, Weinberg reveals that he almost suffered permanent hearing damage when he was just a teenager.

“I got a really quick lesson on the real importance of hearing loss prevention and hearing protection,” he says in the clip. “When I was 14, I walked into a jam room with two school friends who started learning to play guitar. And we’re in a room and we jam, but I can’t really hear them because their amps are taken away from me.

“So I have a brilliant idea and I’m like, ‘Well, I can’t really hear your guitars. Why don’t you turn it up to 10 and turn both of your guitar amps towards me so I can hear your guitars? »

He continues: “It wasn’t the smartest decision. We had a great day jamming, but the next morning I had no high end frequencies in my hearing. Honestly, I thought I had completely lost my hearing and was really scared because I didn’t know how to handle it.

As a result of this incident, wearing proper hearing protection is now of vital importance to the Slipknot drummer. “Since that day, I’ve never sat in front of a kit and played like I play without hearing protection, not once,” he says.

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“It’s not an option. These are dangerous tools that we have and we must use them carefully and not deprive ourselves of the experience of playing music and always play very loud and always play very loud, but it must be done intelligently.

“So I strongly encourage you, wear earplugs, do it the right way, do it smart. You can still have fun, you can still play the way you want, and you can play for the rest of your life,” he concludes.

If you want to learn more about the “Keep Listening” campaign, go to Hearinghealthfoundation.org.

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