Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common causes of hearing impairments. While a noisy work environment is typically the main reason, attending pop and rock concerts and listening to loud jarring music frequently is also known to affect the hearing health of many young people.
How Much Is Too Much?
Sound levels are measured in decibels. Here are a few facts to keep in mind.
- The softest sound that you can hear is 0 dB
- Normal talking is measured at 40 dB to 60 dB
- A rock concert is typically between 110 dB and 120 dB, and can be as high as 140 dB in front of the speakers
- Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85dB are a hearing health hazard
- The risk of damage depends on extent of exposure
- How loud the music is
- Your proximity to the speakers
- How often and how long you are exposed to these high levels of sound
With a few precautions, it is possible to enjoy your rock concert and reduce or prevent the extent of damage. Some hearing specialists suggest wearing some kind of protection like ear plugs. Some other ways to protect your hearing are, not to get too close to the speakers as well as take breaks by going out. Also keep a considerable gap between concerts.
Pay attention to any stress like pain or discomfort in your ears or temporary hearing loss. It may be an indication of future aural health problems.
If you believe you may be experiencing a loss of hearing, contact Bravo today and speak to our specialists.