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jaysitar22

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Does anybody think that over time tabla can cause hearing damage, especially kinar strokes?
I have heard that in addition to volume of sound, duration of repetitive sounds can cause damage. Does anybody know the mechanics of hearing/ hearing loss, and how to avoid it?

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Don't think so. I am sure if I spent a little more time I can back it up with science. Even at rock concert level sounds it takes some 15 minutes to experience loss. Unless ur in some very loud concerts of tabla or hear it loudly on headphones I am sure you are fine. Zakir Ji has perfectly good hearing and we are no where close to his exposure to tabla.
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Tabla is nowhere near damaging decibel levels to the ear if played acoustically. If you are pumping the sound through some high powered system and have your ear up against the mains, then yes that's a different story. Remember that the Decibel is a logarithmic scale and so a small movement on the scale is magnitudes of difference.

http://www.cafemuse.com/soundgarden/perception/loudness1.htm

Happy practicing as loud as your fingers can manage!

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