Spring means more than baseball and tulip bulbs. It also means concerts. Spring and summer concert season offers a variety of venues to enjoy. Attending concerts, though, often involves high-volume music. Concert-goers may suffer from tinnitus after one of these events. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Ringing in the ears in Salinas is avoidable. Let’s go over the basics of this condition so you can enjoy this concert season tinnitus-free.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a neurological problem resulting from miscommunication between noise-damaged hair cells in the ears. The damaged cells can no longer properly transmit signals to the auditory nerve and the brain. The result is a continuous ringing in the ears as the nerves attempt to compensate for the lack of actual stimulation by making their own noise.
What are the causes of tinnitus?
Quite simply, ringing in the ears is caused by loud noise. When noise levels reach greater than the ears are equipped to handle, the sensory cells are damaged. The tiny hairs that vibrate in response to auditory stimulus die. They are displaced and no longer work. Even a single loud noise can be damaging enough to kill cells. Since we have thousands of these hairs, we typically recover from tinnitus in the hours and days after loid noise exposure. However, we can’t afford to cause repeated damage.
What are the effects of tinnitus?
The main effect of tinnitus is a ringing sound in the ears. Depending on the extent of damage, this ringing can last a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, or a lifetime. For those who have been exposed to loud noises frequently and for long periods of time, such as construction workers or musicians, tinnitus can be permanent if the proper precautions are not taken. Often, ringing in the ears makes it impossible to sleep. Persistent tinnitus and sleep difficulties can cause depression and suicidal thoughts.
How can you prevent tinnitus?
As simple as it is to get tinnitus (loud noise), it is just as easy to prevent it (block loud noise). If you will be exposed to high volumes, such as at a concert, wear earplugs. This is often an unpopular choice, due to how they look, how wearing them is perceived or how they alter the quality of the music. However, saving your hearing and preventing a lifetime of ringing in your ears is well worth it.
Various types of earplugs can be purchased to enhance your concert experience. Musician earplugs are designed to let in more sounds while adjusting for volume, so you can still enjoy the music but at a safer level. These can be purchased fairly inexpensively, or customized for the serious musician or concert-goer who is willing to spend a little more.
In addition to wearing ear plugs, concert goers can strategically place themselves to prevent tinnitus. Don’t sit by the speakers. Choose a spot farther back from the stage (the music sounds better at a bit of a distance anyway.) Another option is to give your ears a break. Put ear plugs in during songs you don’t care for, or for only the loudest sets.
Who should you call if you experience tinnitus?
Often, one loud concert will result in a few days of ringing in your ears, but it will fade. If you experience continued problems, or have any other questions about ringing in the ears in Salinas, contact the professionals at Valley Hearing Center.
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