Harmful hearing effects of loud music

Too loud music can severely damage our hearing. Young people who have fun in nightclubs, discos, concerts, nightclubs are exposed to noise levels for several hours.

Harmful hearing effects of loud music

Too loud music can severely damage our hearing. Young people who have fun in nightclubs, discos, concerts, nightclubs are exposed to noise levels for several hours.

The volume

Volume is measured by sound pressure level and is measured in decibels. The noises perceived by our ears are the vibration of air pressure on our eardrums, which is converted into information as it reaches our brain. Depending on the intensity of the vibrations, we hear the perceived sounds as soft or loud. If the energy of the sound is higher, we will hear them louder.

The minimum perceptible volume for the human ear is 0 decibels. We can still feel the sounds of 50 decibels, but from 100 decibels we are already uncomfortable with our ears, and the sounds of 120 decibels can be painful. We cannot rule out these noises, so we are constantly exposed to noise pollution.

Scary statistics

According to surveys, approx. 16% have a hearing loss. 50% of 12-35-year-olds are exposed to risky volume, 40% because of nightclubs. Those who visit music venues more than three times a month are more likely to suffer from hearing loss. Listening to music louder than 85 decibels a day for half an hour can already cause hearing loss. According to not very encouraging predictions, by 2060, twice as many people in the USA will be hearing worse than they are now.

Party is life!

We feel loud music all over our bodies. Above 80 decibels, blood pressure and heart rate rise, the pupil dilates, and digestion slows down. After a few hours at a disco or concert, you often experience tinnitus, dull hearing. In musical venues, the music usually rumbles at a volume of 80-100 decibels, the destruction of the hair cells in the ear reduces the sensitivity of the ear, and hearing fatigue occurs. In the case of a healthy, young body, hearing regenerates in a few hours, up to 1 day, so a single occasion is not a serious danger, but if we listen to music that rumbles very often or regularly, our hearing can be irreversibly damaged due to hair cell death.

“Disco ear”
The term disco ear is used for ear problems caused by music listened to at high volume on a regular basis. The most common symptom is tinnitus, tinnitus that is heard in the ear, or even in the head, from an external source. It can be heard permanently or occasionally. It can be like a rumble, a sound like water ripple, a ring, a beep..etc. also perceived, which usually occurs in a quiet environment. Tinnitus interferes with concentration, prevents restful sleep, and can cause headaches. Many musicians turn to the doctor with such complaints. Listening through loud music through headphones also impairs hearing.

The wonderful music

We don’t have to give up listening to music or a concert of our favorite band, but let’s take the negative effects of noise seriously! Music listened to at the right volume in an environment with optimal acoustics is good for our body and soul.

Hearing-impaired musicians

Many of the musicians, singers, and professionals around them suffer from the consequences of long-lasting, decades-long loud music, such as tinnitus, hearing loss, or even partial or total deafness.
Some hearing-impaired world stars:
1. Sting has been playing music since 1977.
2. Ozzy Osbourne- she holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Scream: Screaming at 105 decibels for 1 minute 8 seconds!
3. Eric Clapton- has been playing music since 1962.
4. Phil Collins
5. will.i.am
6. Actor William Shatner, was exposed to an intense sound effect on a film shoot that damaged his hearing.

The noisiest jobs
• Factories: loud machines
• Construction: the jackhammer is 115 decibels
• Motorized couriers: the noise generated by the airflow flowing next to the helmet can be up to 90 decibels at a speed of 100 km / h, which can be tolerated for a maximum of 2-3 hours.
• Entertainment: loud music
• Airports: the sound of a jet plane is 140 decibels.

How to prevent hearing loss?

-Don’t listen to music at high volume with headphones!
-Do not stand too close to the speakers at nightclubs and concerts!
-Wear special earplugs in noisy workplaces!
-We use soundproof panels, curtains, carpets in our workplaces and homes!
-Develop ideal acoustics for listening to music, so that disturbing reflections do not hurt our ears either!