I just recently purchased an acoustic/electric guitar and have been playing it [unplugged] quite often....a couple of hours a day on average. Is it just a matter of playing softer or quieter to prevent my ears from hurting? Or, is there something wrong with my acoustic/electric?
An obvious answer would be to just play quieter...however, I pose the question because I previously had an acoustic/electric which I played unplugged for the same duration and at approximately the same volume level and had no such problems.
New, bright strings on a bright guitar can be ear-piercing.
But certain hearing conditions can give you abnormal loudness sensitivity:
Hyperacusis and Recruitment
Read up on them and see if it describes your condition.
Thanks. I'm guessing it's the type of strings on the acoustic...too bright like you suggested. Something is amiss...as I just went to a three and a half hour Bruce Springsteen concert two weeks ago and while it was very very loud, the noise did not bother me nearly as much as the acoustic. No joking.
If you are even the least bit concerned about changes in your hearing, like loss of hearing
or unexplained sensitivity to certain sounds and frequencies, find an audiologist with good references, especially one who understands the needs of musicians and find out where you stand.
You may be perfectly fine, but you will also then have a reference to go by if things begin to change on subsequent tests.
It could be that with all these changing temperatures that you have a mild ear infection
making your ears particularly sensitive to high frequencies.