Ringing Ears Concert – Not a New Band
Have you ever had ringing in ears after listening to soft music? Probably not, but if you have ever attended a loud concert, you may have experienced a condition sometimes referred to as “ringing ears concert.” Luckily, this condition is only a temporary side effect of listening to loud music for a short period of time; however, listening to loud music on a continual basis may permanently damage your ears.
Attending a concert, listening to and watching your favorite band play their hearts out can be the thrill of a lifetime. However, when the music is too loud or you when you are sitting too close to the speakers or the stage, your ears are exposed to extraordinarily loud sounds. Our ears are delicate organs and were not meant to be abused by such loud sounds.
Why Mom told you to turn the music down
Within your inner ear are thousands of tiny hairs cells. These tiny hairs vibrate when sound waves pass over them and convert the sound waves into acoustical vibrations. These vibrations are sent to the audio portion of the brain which coverts them into sound. Studies have shown that loud music damages these tiny hair cells. When these hair cells become damaged, they begin to leak continuous signals to the brain resulting in the constant ringing or other ear noise tinnitus suffers hear.
“Ringing ears concert” is not limited to listening to live bands. Listening to loud music in the car or via headphones or ear plugs can also create the same phenomenon. In addition, it is not only music that can cause ringing in the ears, other loud sounds such as gunshots or blasts from explosions can also cause the ringing. The general consensus is that a sound level of 70 dB’s or higher for an extended period of time may cause damage to your ears. As a point of reference, a vacuum emits a sound of approximately 70 dB’s while a lawn mower emits a sound of approximately 85 dB’s
Can I take two aspirin?
Yes, but it won’t help unless you have a headache. The best thing to do after leaving a loud concert is to relax as much as possible and do not subject your ears to anything loud until your ears can adjust back to normal. If the ringing is simply too much, play soft music in the background as this will help to mask the ringing sound.
If you rarely attend concerts and are not normally around loud sounds, there shouldn’t be any concern of harm being done to your ears. However, if you listen to loud music or are around loud sounds on a regular basis, over time you may develop tinnitus.
The best way to avoid ringing in your ears after a concert is not to attend concerts. We all know that is not practical and highly unlikely so the next best piece of advice is to wear ear plugs the while attending a concert and stay as far away from the speakers as possible. Taking precautions to protect your ears is the best antidote to developing tinnitus.