This articles talks about the causes and effects of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a medical condition in the brain which causes a permanent effect of ringing to happen in the ears of a person. This is caused by a person listening to very loud music. The loud music causes damage to the person’s hair cells, making them no longer to transmit impulses as it did before.
If you go to a concert, you know the music is going to be loud and that alone can cause tinnitus. However, sometimes, it is not too strong that it can some minor damage, but not fully. Another thing that contribute to tinnitus is large and loud explosions. Even some people who have been involved in war can get tinnitus from the bombings that occur.
“When properly inserted, foam earplugs block out dangerous frequencies . . . Most agree that if earplugs are going to “cut out” any important sounds, it’ll be vocals, which sit on the high end of the mix and are hardest to capture because of the artist’s distance from the mic and the fact that they are constantly moving. Audiologists, however, agree that vocals aren’t loud enough to be blocked out even from cheap earplugs, which are designed to cut out only the dangerous frequencies.”
This quote states that foam earplugs can help in preventing damage from happening by blocking out the dangerous frequencies. This statement is true because the sounds will be blocked and make sure that sound will not be too loud for you to handle. However, it can also block out the vocals of the singer(s). You won’t be able understand what the singer(s) is actually saying. As said in the quote, there is already difficulty understanding the words because of the movement of their dancing and the distance between them and the microphone. So, using the earplugs might cause more difficulty with hearing.
Listening to a sound of 20,000 hertz or more will cause your ears real damage as that is the limit to what an average human can hear. Venues play music loud based on the amount of people. Also, they can not change the range of the sound too much or often because of the difficulty it is.
I have mixed feelings about if a venue lowered the music. I feel that it would be a good idea because it can help in lowering the chances that people can be affected by tinnitus. Also, it depends on the venue because sometimes, having the music loud is necessary for people to be able to hear the words properly and clearly.
Other people might feel differently about the music being at a lower volume than usual. They might want it to be very loud so that they can feel the music and enjoy dancing to it. Also, the beat of the bass helped in making the show more enjoyable. It really depends on the size of the room and the crowd that in attending the show.