Summer is here, and there are may recreational activities that can put you at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). One in particular that we’d like to discuss is attending “loud” concerts. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to take in an outdoor concert or attend music festival during summer and disregard the need to protect one’s hearing. This is a big reason of why hearing loss is affecting more and more Americans every year.
It’s not surprising that hearing loss has become a rising health concern in recent years. The World Health Organization reports that 360 million people globally have disabling hearing loss. In the U.S., the prevalence of hearing loss in adolescents increased substantially. So, what can you do to protect your hearing?
Tips on How To Protect Your Hearing When Attending a Concert or Music Festival
- It is recommended that you do not sit near the speakers at a concert; you should sit in rows farther back from them.
- If you’re attending a music festival, try to get away from the music occasionally, for at least an hour or two.
- You should also monitor your time spent at the concert. It’s the long-term exposure to loud music that causes hearing loss.
- Before you make your way to the venue, invest in some custom molded earplugs which can be purchased at your local hearing healthcare provider. Wearing hearing protection provide optimal sound quality while still protecting your ears. You can also purchase protective ear muffs to wear at concerts; these are especially good for young children.
By using these tips, you can significantly reduce your chances of suffering from noise-induced hearing loss. If you still have any questions about your hearing or would like to discuss available options for hearing protection that would be best for you, feel free to contact us at Kenwood Hearing and schedule an appointment today.