How to Protect Your Ears at Concerts: The Go-To Guide
As the world opens back up again, concerts and music festivals are beginning to make a return. Perhaps you’ve been waiting anxiously to experience live music again after the two-year-long absence, or you’re simply ready to do something other than sitting at home. No matter the situation, you should practice hearing safety in order to protect your ears from any potential damage.
At Mission Hearing Aid Center, we take your hearing seriously. Whether you use our products or you’re simply perusing our site, we want to provide you with the best tips to protect your ears, no matter how loud the music gets.
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But First, Why Does Hearing Protection Matter?
Concerts are loud; it’s a simple fact of life. While some concertgoers may boast their ability to endure the highest decibels possible, we recommend you practice hearing safety whenever possible.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, prolonged exposure to sounds at or above 85 dBA (dBA stands for A-weighted decibels) can result in noise-induced hearing loss.
The average concert can reach decibels of anywhere from 94-110 dBA so damage can easily occur. Exposure to loud noises can rupture eardrums, damage the bones in the middle ear, or cause tinnitus.
No matter your age, it’s crucial to keep your ears safe. In fact, it’s highly recommended for younger people to begin the habit of protecting their ears whenever possible to avoid these potential outcomes from occurring.
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Keep the following tips in mind next time you go to a concert.
Always Wear Earplugs
It may sound counterintuitive, but with concert noise reaching upwards of 100 dBA, you’ll still be able to hear the music while protecting your ears!
You can buy affordable earplugs at any store or you could look into musician-grade earplugs (yes, the musicians on stage are wearing earplugs themselves!). These earplugs are specially designed to lessen the intensity of sound while maintaining the quality intact so you won’t miss out on the experience.
Keep Distance from the Speakers
Being front and center at a concert can be one of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy your favorite bands. It can also cause hearing damage. If you absolutely need to be at the very front, make sure to wear earplugs.
Also, check your hearing between songs. If you experience ringing, hearing loss, or pain, you should move further away from the stage to protect your ears.
General admission venues provide you with the freedom to change spots throughout a set. There’s no shame in moving further back if you want to avoid that dreaded ringing in your ears after the concert comes to an end.
Quick Tip: Communicating with Friends at Loud Venues
If you’re going to a concert with a group of friends and you need to communicate with them while a song is playing loudly, don’t scream into their ears to get whatever you need to say across. While it may seem beneficial to do this for your companion to hear what you need to say, it can also cause damage to their ears. You’re basically shouting into their ears, after all.
To satiate this issue, simply tell your friends to push the targus (the tongue-like projection of the outer ear) inward. Once they do this, you can speak as you normally would (don’t shout) into their ears and they’ll hear what you have to say, no matter how loud the band is.
Prioritize Outdoor Venues
This might be self-explanatory but outdoor venues do not contain sound as much as indoor venues might. Outdoor venues also provide more freedom when it comes to moving around so you can take breaks during the set.
Most music festivals take place in outdoor venues and locations so this is a perfect time to practice hearing protection. After all, you want to be able to enjoy hearings many bands as possible, right?
Of course, this is only applicable if there are many outdoor venues in your city. If the opportunity isn’t available to you, you should still go to the concert even if it’s indoors. Just keep your hearing in mind!
If You’re Experiencing Ear Pain, Visit Mission Hearing Aid Center
Our ears are wonderful, but they are also fragile. If you’re experiencing any post-concert ear pain or muffled hearing, you need to visit an audiologist. At Mission Hearing Aid Center, we provide hearing tests and evaluations so you can reach out to us and we’ll take a look at the state of your ears. If anything is amiss, we will provide you with the proper recommendations.
Next time you go to a concert, keep these tips in mind to protect your hearing! As always, you can give us a call if you have any questions regarding hearing damage — (915) 303-9200