Unfortunately, permanent hearing loss can be sustained at concerts. But don’t worry! This is something adults can be proactive about preventing in as early as their mid-twenties. Especially when they are frequent concert-goers, you are going to have more hearing loss problems in the long haul. Here are some tips from Associates in Hearing Health to reduce your hearing damage and keep your ears healthy through those live performances.
Preventing Hearing Loss at Concerts
Wear Ear Protection
You can absolutely still enjoy a concert at its maximum potential while wearing earplugs. This doesn’t impact the sound quality, clarity, or the experience very much at all once you get acclimated to wearing them.
Also, you need to apply these correctly. Going into your ear with a q-tip and cleaning them out aggressively beforehand is not the answer. Seek out safe cleaning remedies for your ears to allow yourself to apply them without risk of hearing damage.
Monitor Decibel Levels Ahead of time
The dB level of your concert is going to be something you want to be aware of. Of course, it won’t deter you from attending the concert, but there are points that the dB level is a significant risk to your hearing health. Take this into account ahead of time and see if you can check the artist’s average dB level of their concerts. Some concerts will end up running far louder than others.
The speakers themselves at a concert are going to be something you want to avoid standing right next to. Being in the direct blast of a blaring speaker is going to put you at a significantly higher risk of hearing loss. Fortunately, you can space yourself out commonly, especially if it’s a pit area. Even just standing a few feet to the side of a speaker is far better than taking on the full blast.
Don’t put your ears at risk. Practice strong hearing safety behaviors, and keep your ears safe during concerts.