I checked and the last thread about this was almost 3 years ago, so I decided to create a new one.
It's ridiculous how loud clubs are. I went to one yesterday which is rare for me, and it was painful just to be inside, even in the back. You have to scream at your friend's ears just to have a conversation. I realized I had payed quite a lot just to have cumulative ear damage. The thing is it takes away any enjoyment of listening to music. If you ever listened to something really badly mastered, like a dynamic range 2 album, you'll know what it's like. Music sounds like a car horn that changes pitch on these volumes. Even if you enjoy the type of music, it's hard to focus on it. I had to come outside every 30 minutes.
Why do they do this? I mean I wasn't blessed with supernatural hearing, so everyone else must be hearing it too. Why do people pay good money to be inside a crowded smoky place with overpriced drinks listening to eardrum-blasting music? Has any of you damaged your hearing from going to clubs?
Also, I've heard that there are special earplugs made to reduce the sound pressure level that reaches your ears equally across the frequencies we can hear, so instead of the regular earplug that blocks out some better than others, this tones down everything equally. Have you tried it? I have no problems with looking like an alien as long as I can reach old age with better hearing than everyone else in the old folks home.