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Wearing Earplugs at Concerts: Does it Make a Difference?

Wearing Earplugs at Concerts

Did you know that listening to loud music over an extended period can damage your hearing? 

Noise-induced hearing loss is becoming more common in the younger generation due to listening to loud music through earphones/headphones and attending live music concerts. 

Today, we will be discussing what noise-induced hearing loss is and whether earplugs worn at concerts make a difference to your hearing health.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss 

Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by:

  • Over-exposure to loud sounds at one particular time
  • Listening to sounds at an excessive volume over an extended period 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices worldwide.

Are Concerts Putting Your Hearing at Risk

Are Concerts Putting Your Hearing at Risk?

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Regular conversations reach around 60-65dB, while sounds at 85dB can damage your ears. During most live music concerts, you are exposed to music at 100-120dB, which can permanently damage your hearing. 

While at concerts, standing next to the speakers can result in noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears. Unlike workplace noise exposure, there are no regulations for the noise you’re exposed to at concerts and festivals. It’s up to you to take preventative measures to protect your hearing. 

Some preventative measures include:

How does concert music cause hearing loss?

  • Ruptured eardrums 

Excessive noise can damage your eardrum and the delicate hair cells located in the cochlea. 

  • Damaged hair cells

A secondary effect of exposure to loud sounds is the damage to the arteries supplying blood to the cochlea. Once damaged, the cochlea hair cells cannot be regenerated, resulting in a loss of speech clarity and hearing in the presence of background noise. 

  • Tinnitus

As well as hearing loss, loud music from a concert can also cause tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears. For some people, the ringing can last for days, making it hard to focus on everyday tasks, leading to physical and mental fatigue. 

  • Muffled hearing

Another common symptom resulting from loud noise exposure at concerts is muffled hearing. Fullness in the ear can make you hear muffled sounds, leading to reduced hearing.

What’s the Solution

What’s the Solution? 

Wearing earplugs at shows can protect your hearing. Earplugs are used to stop loud sounds from reaching the cochlea, protecting the hair cells from being damaged. 

While earplugs are great for protecting your hearing, not all earplugs are ideal for concerts. 

There are a range of different earplugs, including:

  • Earplugs for sleeping
  • Earplugs for swimming
  • Earplugs that cancel noise
  • Earplugs for musicians 

Traditional earplugs are made up of foam or gel, designed to block out noise. Custom-made earplugs are moulded to your ears’ shape and are comfortable and durable.  

What to do Next?

Noise-induced hearing loss from concerts can be prevented using custom earplugs. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing early signs of hearing loss, such as constant ringing sounds or having trouble hearing someone, book a hearing test with a qualified Audiologist at your nearest Attune clinic. 

We offer comprehensive hearing tests as well as custom-earplugs. Protect your hearing by getting in touch with our friendly team today. 

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