It’s no secret that metal, no matter which genre you favor, is loud as fuck. If you’ve ever been to a concert and either didn’t bring hearing protection or thought you were “too badass” to wear some, you know the ringing in your ears that follows you for the next day or two. It’s annoying, it’s constant, and it could also be a sign that you’ve done some serious damage to your hearing.

That very situation is something Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has tried to avoid since his early years behind the kit. Speaking as part of a public service announcement for the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), Weinberg said the realization that he needed to protect his ears came when he began playing loud music for the first time.

Ever since, Weinberg said he’s treated hearing protection as an “absolute must” that he says any musician looking to establish any “sort of longevity and sustainability in playing music” should consider. As someone who’s lost hearing in his right ear, I can attest to how frustrating losing your hearing can be. It’s a constant problem and honestly makes me feel like a dick when I’m out and constantly asking people to speak up.

According to the World Health Organization, “over 1 billion young adults are at risk of permanent, avoidable hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.” That includes playing music, but also listening to it.