Occasionally listening to live music probably won’t have much of an effect on hearing. But people who frequently go to concerts should make an effort to protect their ears because persistent exposure to loud music can cause hearing loss. Here are some helpful tips for enjoying concerts while protecting the ears.
Proximity to Speakers
Though people show up at concerts hours before they start to get spots right in front of the stage, that’s also where the most intense volume impact occurs. The speakers have to be loud enough for everyone in the venue to easily hear the music, and the noise levels by the stage can reach up to 120 decibels. At a volume of 100 decibels, just 15 minutes of exposure can cause permanent hearing loss, which is why many professional musicians wear some form of ear protection whenever they perform.
Noise-canceling headphones and earplugs provide excellent protection for people who want to be as close to the stage as possible. The music at most concerts is so loud that wearing these devices won’t completely block out the music. Some earplugs are better than others. High-quality hearing protection lets users control the volume of the sound that enters their ears rather than simply muffling the music.
Alcohol increases blood flow to the inner ear and can raise blood pressure. Both of these factors are linked to ringing in the ears and tinnitus. It’s not uncommon to briefly experience ringing in the ears after a concert, but if the symptoms persist, that may indicate a more severe problem.
If you’re concerned about potential hearing loss, our staff at Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs offers extensive audiology services, including hearing tests. Since 1981, we’ve provided personalized care to patients in the Colorado Springs area. To schedule an appointment at our office, call 719-633-1494 or contact us online.