Can Concerts Cause Tinnitus?

Advanced Hearing & Balance Specialists Hearing Loss

Finally seeing your favorite band in concert is the opportunity of a lifetime. But before you jump in your car and head to the venue, your St. George hearing specialist wants to make sure you understand the risks associated with attending such an event. Exposure to loud noises can cause both hearing loss and tinnitus.

How Loud is Too Loud?

Can Concerts Cause Tinnitus?
Sounds are measured in decib

  • A normal conversation is around 60 dB.
  • Heavy Cedar City traffic is around 85 dB, which can cause damage within 8 hours.
  • A chainsaw measures around 100 dB, which can cause damage within 15 minutes.
  • A rock concert is around 120 dB, which can cause damage immediately.
  • Not only can loud noises cause noise-induced hearing loss; they can also call tinnitus.

    What is Tinnitus?

    Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds that are not present.

    There are small hairs located within your inner ear. The normal procedure for hearing involves a sound wave entering the ear and causing the hair cells to move. This movement creates an electrical signal that is sent through the auditory nerve to the brain where it is interpreted as sound. If these hairs become damaged, which occurs when you are exposed to loud noises, they can randomly send impulses to the brain. This causes you to hear sounds that are not really there.

    In addition to loud noises, age related hearing loss and earwax blockage are common causes of inner ear damage.

    Can You Prevent Tinnitus?

    Now that we understand how tinnitus occurs, your St. George audiologist is here to tell you how to prevent it.

    Through the use of a very simple tool, you are able to continue to attend concerts while protecting your ears from hearing loss and tinnitus. The secret? Earplugs.

    Your local Cedar City pharmacy sells disposable, one-size-fits-all earplugs. While they can be used in a pinch, they do not provide the same level of protection as their custom-made counterparts.

    Custom-made earplugs require your St. George audiologist to take a mold of your ear. The earplug is then created from the mold, ensuring it fits your ear perfectly and provides superior protection.

    In addition to a standard earplug, there are a number of specialty molds on the market made for a variety of activities. Swim earmolds protect you from water getting into your ear and causing an infection known as swimmer’s ear. Hunter’s earmolds protect users from the dangerously loud sound of a gunshot while still letting softer sounds in to help the user keep their bearings.

    The best protection for you and your concert is musician’s earplugs. These are able to reduce sound levels evenly so music and speech sound clear. These plugs prevent dangerously loud sounds from entering the ear but still keep the integrity of the music intact.

    Don’t let the concert of a lifetime leave you with a lifelong condition. Contact your Utah hearing specialist today to learn more.