I was very interested in Hammertime's earlier query in this forum about what kind of ear protection might have been useful in his jazz camp experience. This got me thinking about how much sound is too much and whether there is any way of knowing the difference between merely annoying and hazardous.
I'm an amateur, and play mainly concert/community band music, but between concerts and rehearsals I play on the average 3X week. My bands are brass heavy and I am positioned in one group in front of the baritone horns, most of whom have front-facing bells. One player in particular plays loudly and directly to the back of my head. In another band I typically sit in front of a French horn player similarly inclined to play every piece, even a tender ballad, as though it were a call to arms. Changing my seat is not an option and in the interest of not making waves, I'm disinclined to say anything. The director has tried in vain to quiet things, but these are amateur community bands, all-volunteer, open to all......you get the picture.
So, am I putting my hearing at risk, or merely my sanity, which is pretty well shot as it is?
All input, serious and otherwise, welcome!