Concerts are undoubtedly a lot of fun. They give you the opportunity to see your favourite bands and musicians up close, or they’re a place to showcase your own band. At the same time, loud music can put your hearing at risk, especially if you frequent concerts. Loud music damages the sensitive hair cells in your inner ear, which makes you vulnerable to both tinnitus and hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to sound volumes above 85 decibels can damage your ears. Most concerts are between 100 and 140 decibels. Here is how to protect your ears.
Use Custom Ear Plugs
One of the best ways to protect your ears is with ear plugs, but they should not be any kind of ear plugs. Custom ear plugs, ones that are specifically designed for musical events like concerts and ideally offered by professionally trained audiologists, will ensure that your ear plugs offer the highest level of protection possible. This is because they are made out of a high-quality material that blocks a higher level of decibels. Custom ear plugs are also preferred because they are customized for your particular ear. Custom earplugs are essential for those who go to a lot of concerts or play at them frequently.
Custom ear plugs are designed in a way that they offer high-quality sound as well. Unlike foam ear plugs that muffle sound, custom-made earplugs designed for musicians are made to provide a high-level of audio quality.
Stand Far Away From the Speakers
You put yourself at the most risk by sitting close to the speakers or right in front of the band or musician, regardless of whether or not you’re wearing ear plugs. Always sit at least 10 feet away from the speakers (or as far away from the stage as possible) to protect yourself.
Give Your Ears a Break
After a concert, give your ears a break. Stay away from loud sounds (even listening to music via your headphones) for 16 hours.
Know the Signs of Hearing Loss
Lastly, familiarize yourself with the signs of hearing damage. If you hear ringing in your ears after a concert, this means that you have experienced a degree of hearing loss (this is called tinnitus). Continued ringing can eventually lead to more hearing loss. Feeling an ache in your ears is also a sign that you have damaged your ears. If you are worried about your hearing, it is important to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
Protect your ears at your next concert with House of Hearing Clinic’s high-quality, custom-made Musician Earplugs, great for musicians and listeners alike. House of Hearing Clinic is a well-established hearing care clinic, home to professionally trained audiologists. We have successfully treated more than 7000 patients. Book your appointment today here. You can also contact us here.