Cheers to protecting ears (and hearing) at music festivals!
‘Tis the season.
No, not that season. The other season. The one where you stand near giant speakers at one of the many music festivals and rock out.
While celebrating the season by seeing your fave band will leave you with lifelong memories, it may also leave you with a constant buzzing or ringing in your ears – an early sign of hearing loss.
That’s why we’ve got some tips to make sure that you not only get a chance to dance like Leonardo Di Caprio at Coachella, you’ll also be able to protect your hearing at the same time.
Director and principal audiologist at Ear and Hearing Australia, Doctor Moh Dadafarin says the single most significant cause of hearing loss in Australia is exposure to loud noise like at a music festival.
“Eighty five decibels is the breaking point so you don’t want to be at that level for more than four to eight hours,” Moh says.
“For every three to five decibels over that, you have to divide your exposure time by half.
“So for instance, at a concert, where the noise level is usually around 105 to 110 decibels, the ideal exposure time drops to one hour to an hour and a half.”
As well as avoiding over exposure to high decibels, here are some other things you can do to protect your hearing at music festivals:
Wear ear plugs
This may seem counter-intuitive but wearing ear plugs allows you to hear the music as well as protect your hearing. Even Coldplay’s Chris Martin has been on board a campaign in the UK asking festival goers to wear earplugs and protect their hearing.
Word of Mouth Technology has a range of hearing protection available from Noizezz, Ems for Kids and Ems for Bubs (see http://wom.com.au/hearing-protection)
Take regular breaks from loud noise where possible
Taking regular breaks in the quieter areas of a festival is a good idea. Not only will you be helping your hearing, you’ll have a chance to critique the band’s performance with friends.
Stay well hydrated
Research shows dehydration can actually affect your hearing. The inner ear is filled with fluid which can be affected by dehydration. Fluid in the inner ear maintains your equilibrium (makes sure you keep your balance) and also transmits sound.
Turn down the volume
If you’re one of those who likes to listen to music while the band is setting up for the next set, make sure the volume of your music isn’t too loud. There’s no point protecting your hearing at a music fest if you’re going to damage your hearing by having your phone, ipod or discman (yeah, they’re still around) blasting your ears.
From The Weekly Review, http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/play/cheers-to-protecting-ears-and-hearing-at-music-festivals/