In a recent public release made by the Hearing Health Foundation, Jay Weinberg, drummer for the band Slipknot, discussed his own experience with hearing loss (HHF).
According to the HHF’s official website, the organisation strives to “prevent, treat, and ultimately cure hearing loss, tinnitus, and other problems linked with hearing and balance disorders.” HHF is the largest non-profit sponsor of hearing and balance research in the United States.
“I’m here on behalf of the Hearing Health Foundation to talk to you a little bit about the prevention of hearing loss and the protection of hearing, because this is a critical component of what we all do,” Weinberg said in a video that was produced for the group and lasted for four minutes.
“Allow me to share with you a brief tale. When I first started trying to teach myself how to play the drums when I was around 14 years old, I would put on my noise-cancelling headphones, lock myself in my room, and try to teach myself how to play by listening to my favourite records. And while playing loud drums and cymbals helped a lot, it was also really helpful for me to have hearing protection when I was learning how to actually do it.
Stickman went on to describe how, when he first began performing live with other musicians, he was given a “very fast education” on the significance of preventing and guarding against hearing loss.
“The day we went jamming was fantastic, but when I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t hear the treble. I honestly believed that I had lost all of my hearing, and I was quite frightened about it because I didn’t know how to cope with it,” Weinberg explained further. The only thing you want to do to pass the time when you’re recovering from serious hearing loss or a similar case of hearing loss is listen to music, but you can’t even do that because it’s too painful. “And especially when you’re recovering from serious hearing loss or a similar case of hearing loss,”