Did you know that listening to loud music can permanently damage your hearing?
It’s a fact that your hearing quality can be in danger when visiting such places as a music festival, night club or a shooting range. How dangerous can it be and what can help you to prevent it ? Our article will explain whether using earplugs can make a difference to your hearing health!
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has considered noise exposure to be one of the most frequent irreversible illnesses among today’s young people. Hearing loss which occurs due to loud sound exposure is known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by:
- Over-exposure to excessively loud sounds at one particular time
- Listening to sounds at excessive volume over an extended period of time.
Hearing is an integral part of our lives. It plays an enormous role in communication and world perception. Even a small hearing loss can significantly reduce quality of life and cause a huge amount of discomfort, that is why we need to take care of it.
Concert Visits May Put Your Hearing At Risk
As we know, sound volume is defined by decibels.
The volume of a conversation is usually about 50-60 decibels. According to studies by scientists, the highest volume at a safe level for hearing is 80 decibels. For comparison, the sound power at a symphony concert is about 85-90 decibels, and at a loud rock concert - up to 120!
This is why it is so important to protect your hearing with earplugs. Results of different research showed that people attending concerts without earplugs suffer from hearing impairment much more than people who used ear protection.
How does concert music cause hearing loss?
Excessive noise can damage the eardrum- a small membrane or flap of tissue separating the outer part of the ear from the inner region. It’s delicate and can't be influenced by consistent big sound energy. So it splits or tears, leaving you with extremely painful earaches, along with the inability to hear as you used to.
Except for hearing loss, other symptoms of unprotected exposure to loud sounds include tinnitus (constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, that can last for hours and days). In some cases, this continuous sound can be extremely distracting, which makes a great impact on your daily lifestyle.
Suffering from a feeling of fullness in the ear is another common part of implications after exposure to loud sounds, resulting in muffled sounds and therefore reduced hearing capacity in some cases.
The Solution: Earplugs
The simplest and best solution for protecting your hearing from exposure to loud sounds is to get earplugs.
At the moment there are many types of earplugs such as for swimming, shooting, sleeping or musician's earplugs. Usual earplugs are made from foam or gel and are designed to simply block out noise, therefore they produce poor sound quality. The custom-made earplugs are built to the shape of your ears, are comfortable, durable and discrete.It is very important to choose exactly those earplugs that will fit you perfectly, so we recommend speaking to your doctor before buying them.
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