Music Industry and Hearing loss!

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The article How Loud Is Too Loud? is based on the negative effects that sound waves has on our ears. There is a limit in which human ears can hear without becoming damaged or causing future hearing loss. However, most often we tremendously exceed that amount and without knowing it are causing the tissue in our ears to disintegrate and possibly losing our hearing. Going to concerts, parties, or loud music in general takes a toll on the ears. Musicians are at higher risk because they are constantly listening to intense volumes with no ear protection and instead of taking a break from listening to music they have to keep going on tour and having concerts. Once the important cells in the ear that protects us from too much sound breaks, the body can not repair it back. Exposure to excessive loud noises results in tinnitus. Tinnitus is a continuous ringing in the ear that is caused when the brain, the  auditory nerves, and the sound cells in our ears can not communicate.

The write states, “When properly inserted, foam earplugs block out dangerous frequencies…even from cheap earplugs, which are designed to cut out only the dangerous frequencies. ” This refers to the fact that our ears can only handle a certain level of sound, once that sound wave surpasses what the ear can take we can possibly begin to lose hearing. Ear plugs were made to block out the harmful frequencies to protect the inner ear. A person can hear between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. Over time the hair cells that are suppose to pick up sound vibrations get damaged, when too many has been broken then hearing loss happens. Sound is also measured by decibels. Sounds that are louder than 85 decibels causes permanent hear loss. Average sounds we listen too may not cause hear loss at that moment but the constant sound of it will cause damage. For example even listening to our iPod’s at maximum volume over time can give us tinnitus. Each time we listen at maximum volume we are breaking our hair cells. Our vocals aren’t loud enough to cause damage, listening to someone speaking and so-forth aren’t dangerous frequencies. (

At music venues the music played between 98 decibels and 115 which is greater than 85 decibels; which is the levels a human ears can loss hearing. Going to a concert and being right in the front or close to the speaker can have a bigger effect on you than a person in the back, nonetheless the ears are still being damaged. Music is played loud because it’s a large venue and the sound has to reach all areas and the whole audience needs to be able to hear the music. If music was played quieter at a concert then not everyone would be able to hear it clearly because of the environment. Then everyone would want to be in the front so that they get the best sound. I think people may be mad because the expectation of a music show is that the music is loud so that the whole audience can sing along and enjoy it. But to go while it is playing at the volume level that our ears can handle, may be complicated for the people in the back to enjoy. With the combination of a musician talking, or a DJ screaming, the head singer of a group singing, in a crowd who is screaming loud and jumping up and down, the average sound waves wouldn’t really be successful in that environment.

If I was in the front row of a concert or any music event I would want the sounds to be lower because it does irritate the ear and you leave with a ringing sensation. But if I was in the back row I would want the volumes high so that I can hear every song.


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