Posted May 31, 2016
Listening to your favorite music while enjoying the heat of the sun or sitting under a canopy of twinkling stars is a perfect way to celebrate summer. Outdoor concerts are popular venues as the loud music is dissipated by the open atmosphere. However, if you’re sitting too close to the speakers, you are at increased risk of damaging your hearing. Review tips for ear protection as provided by Everyday Hearing.
Hearing loss can occur in less than 2 minutes
More than 26 million Americans have noise-induced hearing loss, reports the National Institutes of Health. Normal conversations typically occur at 65 decibels. Most music concerts have noise levels between 100 and 120 decibels. Hearing loss can occur after 2 minutes of exposure to noise at 110 decibels. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they’ve damaged their hearing. Until one day they realize that common sounds, such as birds singing, are muffled and hard to hear.
Young adults at increased risk
The World Health Organization estimates over 1.1 billion teens and young adults are at risk for hearing loss, mainly from listening to music on digital devices at a high volume. Over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, described as a constant ringing or chirping sound in their ears. For about 2 million of these people, it is so bad they struggle with normal daily activities.
Best earplugs for music
Foam earplugs work well at a rifle range, but are less effective for outdoor music events. Instead, look for high-fidelity earplugs designed to lower the volume while preserving the quality of the music.
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