Concerts and multi-day music festivals seem to be popping up somewhere in the greater Boise area every other weekend nowadays. While they are a fun activity to do with friends and family, attending concerts and festivals poses potential risks for you and your loved ones’ ears if they are not properly protected.
A typical rock concert ranges between 120-129 dB. To put that number into perspective, a gunshot is only 140 dB. Sounds as low as 85 dB have the potential to be harmful to our ears depending on how long we are exposed to them without protection.
Problems You Could Experience
Typically, being in loud places for an extended period of time (let alone at concerts) can leave our ears “ringing” or buzzing. This condition is called Tinnitus, and can be either temporary or ongoing. However, even temporary ringing or buzzing can lead to problems later in life! There is currently no known cure for Tinnitus, but proactively protecting your ears beforehand can make sure that it doesn’t happen in the first place! To learn more about Tinnitus, take a look at our Hearing Resources page.
Most hearing problems later in life come from moderate noise exposure over a period of years rather than one night of really loud music, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do everything you can to protect your ears.
The Importance of Your Ears
Our ears are one of the most important organs in the body. Hearing is one of the most important senses we use to get a picture of and navigate the world around us. Inside the inner ear, there are tiny hair-like cells that help monitor the position of your head in relation to gravity and motion in order to keep your balance. Damage to our ears can cause more problems than just hearing loss, so protection is key!
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
We get it. Concerts are fun. We’re not telling you to avoid going to concerts and enjoying the coming summer months with your loved ones. However, thinking ahead and taking the right precautions can save you down the line!
If you want to keep on dancing through the summer nights safely, earplugs or earmolds are the way to go. United Hearing offers custom earplugs and earmolds that not only protect your ears but are actually comfortable, too! Some of these even have the option of a filtered attenuator, which allows the noise to come in while still protecting your ears so you can still hear your favorite bands playing clearly.
While it might not seem like a big problem after one night, the repeated exposure over the years to loud music can cause irreversible problems later in life, so it’s best to start protecting your hearing senses now!