Steps To Take If Music Is Causing You Hearing Loss

Posted on: 27 April 2015

If you are in a band or work as a disc jockey, and you find yourself struggling to hear what people are saying or if sounds seem muffled most of the time, you are exhibiting signs of hearing loss. Working in areas where loud music is prevalent can have harmful effects to your hearing over time. Here is some information about the process in finding out the state of your hearing and what you can do to improve it.

Visiting An ENT Specialist

An ENT specialist (such as one from Clarity & Comfort Hearing Center) will administer a test to check your hearing. You will listen to several tones while wearing a set of headphones. Each time you hear a tone, raise your hand or click a button on a device given to you to alert the specialist that you have heard the sound. The ENT specialist will evaluate the results of the test and let you know at what decibel level you start displaying signs of hearing loss. Normal sounds are in the 40-60 decibel range. Music in a club or concert is often well over 100 decibels. 

Saving Your Hearing

If the level of hearing loss is fairly low, you can continue your regular activities while taking steps to make sure your hearing does not get worse. Some precautions that help include:

  • Wear earplugs when around loud music to keep the hearing you still have from becoming worse.
  • Move yourself away from speakers.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while playing, as can cover up loud sounds that would normal cause you to turn down your amplifier.
  • Keep your volume in check and alert others working with you not to turn the sound above a certain level.

Picking Out Hearing Aids

If the ENT specialist believes you would benefit from hearing aids, take a day to go to a hearing aid store to check our their selection. There are several models available on the market. Try on different types to see what works best regarding sound quality and comfort. Bring a friend along with you when you try different models. Have them speak to you from across the room to see if you are able to hear their voice clearly. 

Some smaller hearing aids are inserted far into the ear, making them almost invisible when people are looking at you. The choices available vary from large hearing aids with easy-to-adjust volume control to small hearing aids that work well for those that want a bit of privacy with the matter. 

When you are around loud music, adjust your hearing aids to a lower volume level before inserting them in your ears. Help protect your ears even further by wearing sound-muffling coverings over your ears.

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