What are the Best Earplugs for Concerts?
Regular exposure to loud noises can be damaging to your ears. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 1.1 billion young people are at risk of developing hearing loss, while more than half of these cases are preventable. That’s a lot of people whose hearing could have been saved if they’d done more to protect their ears from the effects of loud noises.
Going to gigs and concerts is a great way to spend your time, helping you create some wonderful memories as you hear your favorite musicians play live. But if you fail to protect your ears, it won’t be long before you begin to feel the effects.
Help keep your eats protected with some advice on choosing the best earplugs for concerts.
Why you should wear earplugs to concerts
While wearing earplugs at a concert can feel like it defeats the point of going, in reality, it’s the opposite. Wearing earplugs will still allow you to enjoy the music, but it also means you’ll be able to continue to do so.
Have you ever walked out of a gig (or even a nightclub or a party) and experienced ringing in your ears? It’s not an unfamiliar feeling, but if you repeated this behavior too often, you could end up developing tinnitus – a more permanent ringing in the ear.
To put the noise from a concert in perspective, you should look at the decibels reached during other activities. A typical conversation, for example, would generally be no more than 65dB. However, a concert can reach levels that are much higher. The current Guinness World Record is held by Kiss, whose 2009 concert hit 136dB. Recognizing the impact this volume can have on people’s hearing, Guinness no longer ‘awards’ this honor – although it’s likely been broken by others in more recent years. As damage to hearing can occur around 85dB, this is not a level you want to expose your ears too.
Wearing ear protection at concerts is a simple way to protect your hearing, especially if you’re a regular concert-goer.
Types of earplugs
There are a variety of earplugs available to protect your hearing, whether you’re listening to music or playing an instrument yourself!
Foam earplugs are typically the free types of earplugs you might be given at a concert, as well as construction sites and other loud environments. And while these types of earplugs are ideal if you have nothing else, you could find that they tend to fall out easily and aren’t always the correct fit for your ear.
High-fidelity earplugs are typically worn by musicians and performers. They provide protection to the ears by reducing the amount of noise transferred, but without affecting the quality of the sound. As a way to protect your ears without compromising your experience, they could be ideal for your next gig.
Silicone earplugs are a great alternative to foam earplugs. Not only are they more durable than foam varieties, but some silicone earplugs can be cleaned and reused again and again. They are shaped to cover the ear opening, which can make them less likely to push earwax deeper into the ear canal.
While ear defenders aren’t earplugs, they are another alternative to protecting your ears at a concert. They’re particularly useful for small children who might be in attendance but might not necessarily need to be listening to what’s going on. They can also be effective for people working at concerts or for musicians.
Other tips for protecting your hearing at gigs and concerts
Wearing earplugs is one of the most effective things you can do to protect your hearing at a concert. But there are other steps you can take too, including:
- Don’t stand directly near the speakers. Get yourself further back to protect your hearing and help you enjoy the concert much more.
- Don’t attend too many concerts close together – space them out to give your ears a chance to recover.
- Take some breaks from the noise to head outside or go to the bathroom.
- Choose outdoor concerts over indoor ones.
With so much hearing loss being preventable, it’s important that you do what you can to protect yours. Protecting your hearing at concerts and other outings will make sure you get to enjoy them for many years to come. At Advanced Audiology Services LLC, we provide a range of services to help you protect your hearing, with a great selection of earplugs for you to buy.
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