If you are an avid music fan, perhaps it is time you start thinking about protecting your ears! Not doing so could increase your risk of causing irreparable damage to your ears. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to excessive noises is the primary avoidable cause of permanent lesions to our hearing. Consequently, nine out of ten young people have already experienced the first signs of hearing damage after spending a night out in bars. Although not esthetically pleasing, club enthusiasts would nevertheless benefit from adopting ear plugs, as these make it possible to protect their hearing, without restricting their appreciation of music.
The first signs of hearing damage include a slight to moderate buzzing in the ears, hypersensitivity to certain sounds, as well as dullness and flatness of sound. Experts maintain that being exposed to noises above 85 decibels damages hearing over time. The music heard in concerts, bars and clubs is typically much higher than this level, as it is often liable to reach 130 decibels. According to an audiologist, we should only be exposed to noises of this magnitude less than two hours per week. Even though the after-effects of festive and musical events usually dampen after a few days, we can cause permanent lesions to our ears if we repeatedly expose ourselves to loud music.
The majority of young people are reluctant to wear ear plugs. Yet, even though they decrease the number of decibels that reach our ears, we are still able to hear the music! In addition to adopting ear plugs, fans of musical events should also go outside to take five-minute breaks for each hour spent listening to music, in order to protect their hearing.
If you are a music lover, make sure you get to take advantage of it for a long time to come. Protect your ears!