Hearing Protection

Hearing Protection for Music Fans

Hearing Protection for Music Fans

Are you a music fan? Many of us are. Going out to a great concert can be the highlight of one’s week or month. However, concerts also frequently feature high music volumes that can damage one’s hearing after repeated exposure.
One study found that 26 million Americans suffer from hearing loss that could have been prevented with appropriate hearing protection.
Concerts are (Surprisingly!) Loud
Concerts can frequently reach 120db of loudness, nearly twice that of normal daily conversation. Even just 2 minutes at 110dB can cause hearing damage—imagine what a 2 hour concert at that volume can do to your hearing.
Now imagine you’re going to one or two concerts a month at those levels. It would be no surprise if you began to develop noticeable hearing loss or tinnitus after a couple of years of these habits.
Getting with the Times
We’re happy to see that music fans these days seem to have more awareness about hearing loss, and that hearing protection is becoming increasingly “acceptable” to see at concerts (since a big part of being at concerts is about looking cool, after all).
But music fans don’t have to settle for the standard foam earplugs that make everything sound muffled. Indeed, experience with these common ear plugs may account for the skepticism some music fans have toward hearing protection.
Hearing Protection That Provides a Better Hearing Experience
New hearing protection designed specifically for music lovers features discreet earplugs with tuned filters. This results in dramatic volume reduction but enables the sound to stay true to the original, giving balanced highs, mids, and lows and allowing the fullest enjoyment for music fans.
For touring musicians, custom in-ear monitors that are made with silicone provide the best isolation and comfort. Using superb sound quality, this hearing protection gives musicians the opportunity to have a comfortable and safe environment without hindering their performance. This occurs with the help of an experienced audiologist.
If you’re a music fan or a musician looking for hearing protection, get in touch with us! We’ll help you find the hearing protection that fits you best and doesn’t inhibit the music listening experience you love.

Dr. Marie Vetter-Toalson Au.D.

About Dr. Marie Vetter-Toalson Au.D.

Dr. Marie Vetter-Toalson Au.D. is the owner of Chicago Hearing Services and a Doctor of Audiology dedicated to empowering her patients and the public with greater knowledge and education around hearing health.