At Naarly, we are most concerned with the potential health issues that face our friends and families every day. As we head towards the spring and summer months, people begin to anticipate getting out and having fun after being cooped up for so long in their homes (especially those that live in the Northeast USA like us). The best part of the summer just may be the endless selection of great concerts!
One thing that young people need to learn is that if you are constantly exposing yourself to extremely loud sound, the damage to your ears could be devastating and life long. Some kids have no problem getting as close to the stage as possible to enjoy the music and revel in the dancing and fun. But at the same time, you are exposing your eardrums to some real punishment, some of which could be completely irreversible!
Ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, is potentially one of the worst health issues to deal with especially when trying to sleep. Since there are few treatments available to reverse the damage, many people are stuck with it for life. Imagine never being able to “hear” silence! A constant sound in the ears can be a psychological hell and has caused an immense amount of stress to those who unfortunately did not take the time to protect their hearing with ear plugs.
There are a few things to consider if you are going to buy earplugs for concerts. You don’t have to get the super heavy duty construction type that block out everything! Musicians earplugs exist that allow for a better range of sound which is especially helpful for listening to loud music. In fact, you can sometimes hear better because you are not overwhelmed by high frequency sounds or the sheer power of a loud rock show.
You also do not have to go out and spend a ton of money – there are cheaper and affordable models that range between $5-$15 that can easily get the job done. Don’t listen to your friends who try to tell you that it’s “not cool” to wear earplugs. They will pay for their foolishness later in life. This is a health concern, not a “coolness” issue. Take the time to prepare for a big time rock concert by buying yourself ear protection so that you don’t regret it later.
For more resources on how to protect your hearing during a concert, please visit http://concertear.com.