Going to a concert to see one of your favorite musical acts or bands perform live is a great experience for all. It can be a great date night, a way to hang out with friends, or even an outing for the family. But the one thing that many concertgoers experience quite often without thinking too much about it is that ringing sensation that you get once the show is over. For an hour or two after, it feels like there is a buzzing in your head, and all the world's noises are slightly dampened by an ongoing hum. This, quite frankly, is not a good thing – it shows the degree to which your hearing has been impacted by the loud noise of the concert you attended. The music was so loud, or you were standing so close to the speaker, that your eardrums are continuing to literally vibrate and try to protect themselves from future loud noises. This is a situation that you want to avoid. You do not want to become one of those older people with severe hearing loss, unable to have a coherent conversation with his or loved ones, let alone enjoy fine music. You must protect your hearing now.
So how do you go about ensuring that you are safeguarding your sensitive eardrums while continuing to frequent the concerts that you so enjoy? There are a few basic tips of how to prevent hearing loss at a concert that you should follow.
1. If you are going to a rock show, wear earplugs.
You probably do not want to hear it, because very few people think that ear plugs are cool. But who is going to be the cool one in 20 years when some people are forced to invest in hearing aids? Basic foam earplugs cost only a few spare dollars, and if you are at a bigger concert hall or venue you might even be able to find them there. Otherwise head to your local pharmacy and buy them there. If you get to the concert without them and need a quick substitution, head to the bathroom and get some toilet paper, wad it up, and stuff it in your ears.
2. Do not stand next to the speaker.
This is just asking for trouble, even if you are at a low-key event like a jazz show. If there is an unexpected loud part of a song, or some kind of glitch, all of the sudden your right eardrum has been turned into cream of wheat, and you have done long-term damage. Find a spot in the center, or move a bit further back. Having to strain to see the performer for one night is better than having to strain to hear.
3. If your ears are starting to hurt, take a break.
This is not one kind of pain you want to persevere. If you are starting to get a headache, or a ringing sensation, simply take a break and walk outside. When you come back in, try to find a spot as far away from the speakers as you can.