Ouch! My Ears!!!

This article is about loud music at concerts, parties, bars etc. and the adverse effects it has on the ears. Many cases of hearing loss have been recorded as result of loud music at concerts. It also makes mention of a neurological problem called tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a neurological problem that originates in the brain, involving miscommunication between noise-damaged sensory cells; the result is a continuous ringing sound in the ears. Tinnitus is permanent. Once sensitive hair cells are damaged, they can no longer transmit impulses to the auditory nerve and to the brain.

This quote by the author “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.” means that earplugs are most effective at blocking out dangerous frequencies such as 7 – 8 hertz however the earplugs cut out most of the vocal which is at the high end of the mix. Vocals are are also difficult to capture because of the distance of the person singing or talking into the mic with the added constant moving of the individual. On The up side audiologists stated that even with cheap earplugs which also designed with the same intention as the more expensive one : to cut out dangerous frequencies that vocals are not loud enough to be blocked out.

Most venues play music at 98-115dB, which is very loud, being that the maximum volume played is 20dB louder than what is required for hearing loss.

I think music playing quieter at shows would ruin it for everyone. People would go crazy and would feel like they didn’t receive their monies worth. I think probably more speakers in strategic locations would be best or smaller crowds because I think the more people at the venue then the louder the music would have to be. I personally would would want to hear and feel the music. No one wants to be bored or struggling to hear whats going on. The areas closer to the speakers could also be somewhat blocked off a certain distance too. Oh well I really don’t know. Just be careful!

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