Photo: Courtesy of ACS Custom USA
Listen Up: 3 Tips For Protecting Your Hearing
The electricity, the lights and, of course, the sounds at a concert can be exhilarating. But it can also get pretty loud.
Just how loud?
The typical concert averages 125 decibels, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For context, a whisper is around 10dB while normal conversation is 60dB. Add in that most concerts can run for hours — even more so with festivals — and you get the idea.
Are you a music lover who goes to a lot of concerts but is not sure about how to go about protecting your hearing?
Adam Rhodes of ACS Custom USA, one of MusiCares' partners, has three simple tips music fans should take to protect their hearing so they can keep the music playing for a long time.
Adam Rhodes (right) speaks with an attendee at a MusiCares hearing screening in Houston
First and foremost, always wear hearing protection while attending loud concerts or events. And when possible, take breaks from noisy environments to prevent ear fatigue. ACS Custom has a variety of hearing protection options available via their online store.
Refer to the OSHA to learn about the recommended exposure time-decibel ratios. Noise-induced hearing loss is damage to delicate hair cells inside the ear caused by a combination of volume and time. 85dB is a safe zone for eight hours, but as the amplitude increases, the exposure time decreases. The OSHA offers plenty more information on hearing health.
Get A Test Regularly
People should get a hearing test at least once a year. If they attend a lot of shows they may not notice the decline in their hearing until it's too late. Regular visits to the audiologist are essential for concertgoers and music industry professionals.