Remember when going to a concert meant standing as close to the stage – and the towers of Marshall amps – as possible. A side effect for most of us was ringing ears…sometimes for days. And those ringing ears often meant damage to our hearing.
Just as we’ve gotten smarter about personal protective equipment in the workplace, musicians and fans have gotten more savvy about hearing loss from loud concerts.“Don’t be careless and lazy at loud rock shows or cranking tunes through an old Walkman like I was 30 years ago (but boy did it all sound good),” says Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. “Wear hearing protection or you’ll end up with a 1.5k ring in both ears every night when you go to bed or worse, when you are trying to enjoy the serene quiet of an empty desert or forest, again like me.”
Pearl Jam, Ten Club and MusiCares want music fans to be able to hear the music for years to come. So, visit the Musicares table at each of Pearl Jam's U.S. shows on the 2016 Spring Tour to pick up your pair of limited edition PJ X Musicares Earplugs.
MusiCares also will offer information about hearing health. A small donation is requested and includes the limited edition earplugs and a case. Fans are encouraged to take photos with their plugs in their ears and post them on social media using the hashtag #pjcares and tag @pearljam and @musicares.