Live concerts are an incredible experience, and during the summer there are plenty of options. While you’re probably excited to see your favorite band or artist in person, there are a few precautions to take, specifically with your hearing. The world wouldn’t be the same without music, but at a live show it can get extremely loud. Now, some people will prefer that (and maybe you do to), but there are ways you can still enjoy the music while protecting your hearing.
Don’t Be Afraid To Wear Earplugs
While the norm is to go to a concert and expose yourself to the glorious sounds of music, there are always a few that can be spotted wearing earplugs. Unfortunately, there seems to be a social stigma with wearing earplugs, as if it’s “not cool” to wear them. What the casual concertgoer fails to realize is that earplugs will help you in multiple ways. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor by protecting your ears, but you’ll also be able to hear the music in its clearest form. The earplugs available today do a great job of blocking out excess noise. Many times, you’ll even see the musicians wearing them. That’s because they’re near the center of the sound, but also so they can hear themselves. The same goes for you as a fan. It’s similar to how football players wear padding, that way they can have protection against the big hits. You don’t want to leave yourself susceptible to hearing loss.
Become Familiar With The Venue
Every music venue has a different setup. For example, if you’re at the 9:30 Club, it’s close and intimate. The point is, you have to figure out the best place to stand before the show. Pro tip: we recommend not choosing the spot right in front of the large speakers on stage. Sounds that are above 85 decibels are considered to be harmful. At a loud rock concert, the amount has the ability to reach 120 decibels.
Know Your Limits
A lot of times, this characteristic occurs where we think we’re invincible, and can withstand anything (even noise). Sadly, that’s not true. If you’re at a concert and the noise has become overwhelming, don’t hesitate to step outside of the venue for a moment and relieve that stress. The last thing you want is to leave a show with a ringing sound in your ears, meaning damage was done.
Bay Area Audiology Can Help Your Hearing!
If you are concerned about hearing loss or seeking hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, or hearing aid assistance, our doctors are ready to help. We are passionate about helping all of our patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. We also believe that patient education is critical, so you won’t be lead through endless sales pitches at our office. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you hear even better, contact us at (410) 838-4327 or online. For more hearing tips and articles, follow Bay Area Audiology on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.