Exposure to loud noise, on a regular basis or in a one-time event, is one of the main causes of hearing loss in the United States.
Hearing is one way for us to situate ourselves in our environment. On a daily basis, we are exposed to a wide range of sounds. Hearing specialists estimate that listening to an 85-decibel sound for eight hours as the potential to damage your hearing permanently. The exposure time and decibel level become more dangerous as the longer and louder they grow.
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noise. Our inner ear hair cells are responsible for translating sound waves into neural signals which are registered by our brains as sound. Over time, loud noises will damage these cells, which do not regenerate. This leads to sensorineural hearing loss.
Many people in the music industry have reported cases of hearing loss. Lead singer of The Who, Pete Townshend, has said, “I have severe hearing damage. It’s manifested itself as tinnitus, ringing in the ears at frequencies that I play guitar. It hurts, it’s painful, and it’s frustrating.”
For people whose livelihood and passion depends on hearing, it is important to secure custom ear protection. Custom hearing protection is available for musicians and others in the music industry. The in-ear monitor option gives musicians and other staff the ability to hear the sounds of the music while also protecting the ears from the damaging levels of sound.
An average live concert clocks in at 115 decibels, well over the 85-decibel threshold identified by hearing specialists. A mere 30 seconds at a live concert at 115 decibels may damage your hearing.
Musicians and people who work in the music industry are exposed on a regular basis to hazardous levels of sound on the job. Even amateur musicians who play music in their garage are exposed to dangerous decibels, by their proximity to speakers.