Hearing Loss Problems After Attending Concerts

Hearing Loss Problems After Attending Concerts

Hearing care professionals often stress how important hearing loss prevention is. We understand that many teens are big fans of music and love to listen to the loud music of their favorite artist at concerts. A recent study has shown that approx. 72% of teens who participated in the study experienced reduced hearing ability after attending a pop/rock concert.

The hearing loss that may be experienced after a pop rock concert is not generally believed to be permanent.  It is called a temporary threshold shift and usually goes away within 48 hours, after which a person’s hearing returns to previous levels. But with multiple exposures to noise over 85 decibels, the tiny hair cells may stop functioning and the hearing loss may become permanent. Teenagers need to understand that exposure to loud noise either from a concert or personal listening device can lead to hearing loss problems.

In the study, 29 teens were given FREE tickets to a rock concert.  To ensure a similar level of noise exposure for the teens, there were two blocks of seats within close range of each other.  The seats were located in front of the stage at the far end of the venue approximately 15-18 rows up from the floor.

Read more about the study at House Research Institute.

The findings of the study clearly indicate more research is necessary to determine if the guidelines for noise exposure need to be revised based on the facts of noise-induced hearing loss.  More research is also needed to determine if teenager’s ears are more sensitive to noise than adults. In order to protect your hearing, you need to take the necessary steps to protect their hearing such as wearing music ear plugs at a concert. You can learn more about teen hearing loss prevention information at www.earbud.org.

Learn more about noise-induced hearing loss.

At North County Audiology, we offer custom in-ear monitors that can protect your hearing and still let you enjoy the music. If you are going to be attending a concert in the San Diego area, stop by our hearing care clinic and check out the hearing protectors that are available. Call (858) 240-4722 for more information about our custom hearing protection services.

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Dr. Podlenski

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