TOO LOUD

This article is about hearing loss suffered by musicians and fans alike, due to over exposure to extremely loud music this. One of the most common effects of hearing loss in the music industry is a syndrome called tinnitus, this effects a person over periods of time and is as a result of listening to excessive loud noise over a period of time. I damages the blood cells and nerves used specifically for hearing, and has said to produce a ringing sensation in the ear, this ring  can prevent one from normal day activities, and is normally coupled with permanent hearing loss.

The  solution some have found was to simply wear ear plugs this is not always the most popular, for a few reasons one specifically was mentioned in the following 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.” The issue with this quote is that the earplugs reduce the amount of noise that travel to the ear making  hard for certain noises to be heard, this especially becomes a evident in the vocals as artist move around while performing, and keep distance from a mike, Audiologist however feel that this is not true and that even with the cheapest earplugs you can find will not cut out vocals completely. As a person who is a Dj, and his been actively around sound systems for years, personally it is the low bass frequency that does the damage, physically you can feel the vibrations running through the floors and the walls and , I have personally loss my hearing temporarily after standing in front of one of those speakers for hours. The normal club plays music between 90 and 120 decibels from my understanding, way above what humans perceive as normal and in most cases as the night goes on the music only gets louder. This is so because louder music excerpts higher energy levels among patrons the feel of the environment and the music blasting gives people the sense of a party.

In a personal sense I believe that making venues turn down the volume is a bad thing, I don’t think it will be so well received by people but it is better for the long run, and as far as I am concerned anything that benefits people in the long run I am for it. The truth is  good music is good music I personally I enjoy loud music, but if the music if it boils down to hearing the songs  as loud as I want and being deaf, I would rather turn it down. It is hard to listen to your favorite song when you can’t hear it.

 

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