One of the most memorable things about summer are those concerts on the beach or music festivals. So, of course, you want to be able to enjoy them without the possibility of permanent hearing loss. Any concert, even classical orchestra can be loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is More Common than You Think
Noise-induced hearing loss is a major cause of hearing loss across the country”, explains Dr. Courtney Voelker, MD, PhD, assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2 million adults and 5.2 million children have permanent noise-induced hearing loss. The only good news here is that noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented if you are aware of the dangers and take precautions when you know you will be exposed to loud noises.
Here are 5 steps you can take to protect your hearing and prevent noise-induced hearing loss at a concert this summer:
- Choose an Outdoor Concert when You Can. If possible, choose an outdoor concert venue because the noise is not as concentrated. Of course, outdoor concerts are still loud, so you should still bring ear protection and try to sit further away from the band and/or speakers.
- Don’t Sit in the Front or Near Speakers. Even though beings close to your favorite band sounds like fun, that can make the difference between damaging your hearing and not. If your ears are ringing between songs or you have to shout for the person next to you to hear you, then it is still too loud.
- Monitor the Decibel Levels. You can download an app for your smartphone that will tell you the Decibel or dB level. Anything over 75 – 80 dB can damage your hearing.
- Bring Hearing Protection. You can use noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs designed to protect your ears from sound. When the concert music is so loud, you will still be able to hear and enjoy the music with the headphones or earplugs in. If you have any questions about the best hearing protection for you, don’t hesitate to ask us.
- Give Your Ears a Break. Taking even a quick break from the concert noise and giving your ears a rest will help them recover and can help prevent noise-induced hearing damage.
Protecting Your Hearing
If you were at a concert and experienced a ringing in the ears afterwards, that is a clear sign of possible hearing damage. Even if your ears recovered from the ringing after a while, it could still mean that your hearing was damaged. If you were recently exposed to loud music at a concert, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment for a hearing check up.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
At Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here to help you with all your hearing needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.