Listen: Why Should You Bring Ear Plugs to Music Festivals?
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For example, each weekend of Coachella runs three days with ten plus hours of Buzek every day, a, plus the widespread use of alcohol and drugs could inflict serious damage on your hearing with potentially permanent consequences. We spoke with Marshall Chason an audiologist from Toronto who specializes in hearing loss prevention for musicians. He says that there's nothing inherently bad about going to the occasional loud concert or cranking, your headphones up. Toback Salyan to listen to your favorite song, as long as you do it in moderation. That's where three day music festivals. Become a problem. There's a point at which all sounds above eighty five decibels equivalent to the dial tone. Telephone can inflict permanent hearing damage exposure, eighty five decibels of noise seems harmless enough? But if you listened to a dial tone forty hours a week for. A full year you'd suffer some level of permanent hearing loss. And if you turn up the volume to ninety four decibels, which is about halfway to full volume on an MP three player all it would take five hours a week to damage your hearing. Chason said, it's the total dose that matters much like a radiation dose, a single x Ray here. And there won't hurt you, but thirty seven x-rays in a short period could be problematic rock music at a live concert can easily reach a hundred and ten decibels at that volume. Your ears start sustained permanent damage after only two minutes of daily exposure, it's especially important to give your ears arrest. Once they've suffered some short term hearing loss that buzzing ringing or numbness in your ears after attending allowed concert. There's a recovery period of sixteen to eighteen hours during which your ears are particularly sensitive to further. Loud noises chasing said there's nothing wrong with going to a rock concert on Friday night. Just don't mow the lawn on Saturday morning in be careful about attending yet another rock concert on Saturday. If you don't let your ears rest, there are several ways that they can suffer lasting damage the inner ear smaller the tip of your pinkie finger in contains the cochlea a fluid filled. Snail shaped chamber lined with thousands of hair cells. Plumbed exposure to very loud noises. Disturb the fluid in the cochlea so violently that the hair cells bend, or break never to grow back, another source of permanent hearing damage says Chason lies deeper in the brain where nerve cells carry signals from the ear to nor on the process. Sounds growing research shows that overloading those neural pathways with loud noises can disrupt the connection creating situations where the neurons kit detect the signals coming from the ear. Luckily, the solution to noise, induced hearing loss for music festivals is simple. We're earplugs. Lots of concert goers, avoid wearing earplugs because they think it will muffle the music and ruin the experience. But that only applies to the cheap foamy disposable kind which to be fair. I've had perfectly fine experiences with however, there are excellent in obtrusive earplugs on the market. The protect the air from dangerous sound levels without distorting. The quality of the music professional musicians have been using them for decades. These are designed to evenly lower noise levels, somebody's much as twenty decibels across the hearing spectrum not just the high frequencies, you can find them for less than twenty dollars. And they're reusable. Oh forever. Weirdly drug and alcohol use at music. Festivals has also been shown to increase the risk of hearing loss. A study out of the Netherlands, tracked, fifty one participants with a mean age of twenty seven years who attended an outdoor music festival in two thousand fifteen half. We're given earplugs and half were not all were advised to refrain from drugs or alcohol so that they're hearing could be accurately tested after the four and a half hour show as to be expected, not everyone abstained. The resulting data showed the concert goers, who drank beer, or used drugs, like cannabis or MD, A, experienced, worse, short-term, hearing loss. And interestingly, so did male subjects whether on drugs or not? What's not clear from the data is whether the increased hearing loss linked to drugs, alcohol, and being male is biological or behavioral in origin Chason for one is convinced the drugs or male hormones, chemically altered, the inner ear to make it more susceptible to damage patterns of behavior are more likely at play. He said using alcohol or drugs, decreases, your ability to self monitor. So you're more likely to put your head right next to a loudspeaker your judgment is off, by the way, as far as professional musicians. Go more than half fifty two percent of all classical musicians experience hearing loss, compared with only thirty percent of rock musicians, Chason says it's a dose thing with classical musicians exposed more hours of loud issues it over their career than rockers. Today's episode was written by debut and produced by Tyler playing brain stuff is a production of iheartradio's, how stuff works for more on this, and lots of other rock and topics is at our home planet has stuff works dot com and for more podcasts, my heart radio, I heart radio app, apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. It was a writing camp at a house in the Hamptons for beyond say, she's walking around with her baby walking from room to room, just listening to what we were working on. I remember ferrall showed up at the front door. He had like a CD full beats everybody was slinging beats at her. 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