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Concerts and Hearing Protection
No matter who you are, live music is a fun way to get out of the house and enjoy the thrill of your favorite band playing your favorite songs for you to sing along to. However, as enjoyable as these nights are, the loud music can put your hearing at risk. Because of this, it’s important to know the benefits of hearing protection at concerts that helps you maintain your hearing health while still enabling you to enjoy the show as much as possible.
Wear hearing protection
It doesn’t matter if you’re checking out a smooth jazz band at a local venue or watching an iconic rock group that has filled out a stadium, the noise levels need to be high enough for everyone to hear them, even in the cheap seats. This, however, can expose you to potentially dangerous noise levels. But rather than just deal with it, wearing hearing protection such as earplugs will protect your hearing but still allow you to hear the music.
Choose the right spot
It’s always tempting to get as close to the band as possible, especially if they are someone you’ve always wanted to see. But getting too close to the stage can put you in dangerously close range to the speakers and amplifiers. This is why it’s important to pick your spot carefully.
You want to have the best view of the band, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of your hearing. If you’re able to choose a seat, selecting an area that enables a full view of the performers without being too close to the speaker system will ensure the best and safest experience possible.
Don’t expose young kids
If you’re someone who adores music in all of its forms, you will want to encourage your kids to fall in love with the same bands that you love. It’s tempting to bring the kids along to give them a taste for live music as early as possible. However, this can have disastrous repercussions for their hearing health.
Children’s ears are more sensitive to loud noises and exposing them to the noisiness of concerts too soon could severely damage their hearing. Keep them at home until they’re old enough to appreciate the music properly without the risk of damaging their hearing.
Check the noise levels
You can use decibel meter apps on your phone to check the noise levels to make sure the volume is not too loud. Check with your audiologist about what noise levels are safe without needing hearing protection.
Give yourself a break
The last thing you want to do at a concert is leave, especially if you’re waiting for the band to play your favorite song. However, continuous exposure to loud noises can risk hearing loss. If you’ve ever woken up after a concert with ringing in your ears, consider giving yourself a break between the songs and get some fresh air. You should also avoid going to concerts every night so you have time to recover.