Protect Your Hearing During the Summer Concert Season

June 15, 2016 1:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It seems as if summers have been associated with concerts since the beginning of rock and roll. If you’re an avid music fan, you’re probably going to at least one outdoor show this season to catch your favorite band or bands. Whether you’re going to a local park to see a concert, or heading to a huge music festival like Lollapalooza this summer, you need to be prepared to protect your hearing in Salinas.

Just like staring at the sun damages your vision, loud noises can damage your hearing. Experts say prolonged exposure to noises as low as 85 decibels—about as loud as city traffic while you’re sitting in a car—can have a lasting negative impact on your hearing. A normal rock concert can be anywhere from 110 to 120 decibels and near the amps the music can get as loud as 140 decibels. Ouch!

There are a few things you can do to try to avoid damaging your hearing in Salinas while at a concert this summer.

Stand back from the amps

The easiest way to protect your hearing at a concert is by avoiding standing near the amps, but where’s the fun in that? Being next to the stage is the best part of any show! Having the chance to reach out and touch the hand of your favorite singer is every music fan’s dream. While touching your favorite artist’s hand is pretty cool, so is being able to hear the music, which is hard to do if you’ve gone deaf. Play it safe and stand towards the back of the crowd.

Wear ear plugs

If you’re really trying to play it safe, pick up a pair of ear plugs on your way to the show. If you think ear plugs are going to lessen your ability to hear the music—think again. Ear plugs can actually block out some background noise (and fans’ screaming) which will make the music sound clearer. Custom fitted ear plugs can set you back a few hundred dollars, but there are models on the market that work almost as well for just a couple of bucks.

Attend outdoor concerts

Few people would disagree with the statement that one of the best places to enjoy a concert is outside. Fortunately, outdoor concerts can be safer for your hearing too. There’s more room for the noise to travel at an outdoor venue so it’s quieter, which reduces the risk of damaging your hearing. On top of that, you get to enjoy some fresh air. A word to the wise: sit way back in the lawn section if that’s an option. You’ll save some money (cheaper seats) and there’s a lesser chance of permanently damaging your hearing.

Next time you’re rocking out at a concert, be sure to play it safe and don’t stand next to the amps. Bring a pair of ear plugs to protect yourself against damaging loud noises and go to an outdoor show if you can.

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