Hearing loss and loud environments go hand in hand. If you attend raves, festivals, or local club nights frequently, it's important to know the consequences of repeated and prolonged exposure to loud noises from speakers. Sadly, the places that can harm our hearing the most are the places we go escape to enjoy our favorite music and DJs.
This is exactly why we want to share with you these five facts about hearing loss that every raver should know.
Besides providing earplugs that retain crystal clear sound quality, Untz Untz Earplugs is a company which is founded on the purpose of bringing awareness to the electronic dance music community and the world about Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
Don't be one of the many ravers who realize hearing damage is a real thing only when it happens to them, and when it's too late. We want you to avoid the pain, anxiety, heartache, and even the psychological consequences of hearing loss.
Read these five facts and share them with friends, fellow ravers, and family. It might just save their hearing or yours. Get informed, stay safe, and spread the word.
1. There Is No Cure to Treat or Reverse Hearing Loss
One of the worst things about hearing loss or damage to your ears is that there is no cure, and there is no proven method to reverse it.
The reality is that once your hearing is damaged, there really is no going back.
However, there are organizations & doctors that offer tinnitus and hearing damage therapy, but it tends to be costly long-term solution which takes years to only slightly reduce or rehabilitate the damage in your ear.
But it's not all bad news...
Many ravers and others also experience hearing loss 'scares' where they experience symptoms of hearing damage, but it goes away after a couple of days or weeks.
It is important to note that for most people, hearing loss is simply something that you will have to cope with for the rest of your life.
If you experience temporary hearing loss after a rave or a festival, there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Rest your ears. Don’t expose them to any more loud sounds. Give them a break.
If you experience hearing loss longer than a couple days, go see a doctor to make sure there isn’t any long-term damage. Next time you will be exposed to loud sounds, wear ear protection.
2. Noise Induced Hearing Loss Is 100% Preventable
Now time for some good news. It is also a fact that hearing loss is 100% preventable with proper hearing protection.
Of course, there are some genetic factors that can contribute to hearing loss, and most of the population experiences this at a later age in life.
In today's world, there are many ways and alternatives to protect your hearing. But the best way to preserve your hearing is by simply wearing adequate hearing protection.
This could be anything from foam earplugs, earmuffs, or something like our own High-Fidelity Earplugs. Anything that can drastically decrease the volume of the environment you’re in can work.
But there is a small problem with this.
Most hearing protection (foam earplugs, ear muffs) take away from the sound quality and frequency spectrum which is exactly why High Fidelity Earplugs are recommended for ravers like you and I who want to experience the music in full color, just as you remember it when you listen to it in your headphones or your bedroom speakers.
3. Hearing Loss in Young People is Increasing
According to the Hearing Health Foundation 360,000,000 adults worldwide are affected by noise induced hearing loss. With the rising popularity of festivals and raves, this number is expected to increase within the next couple of years especially, in the younger demographics.
The good news is hearing loss is a very common problem, and there are many therapies and products available to alleviate and prevent it, though as we've explained there is no proven long term cure. In fact, hearing loss is the second most prevalent global health issue.
48 million people in America and around 360 million people around the world experience hearing loss. This bangs out to 1 in 5 teens and 1 in 5 adults. Patients seen for hearing loss are getting younger and younger, according to doctors.
About 10% of Americans experience tinnitus on a regular basis, of which about 90% of cases occur with an underlying hearing loss.
It is reported that twenty percent of teens ages 12-19 experience hearing loss due to loud noise, and 26 million people between the ages of 20-69 have hearing loss. Don’t be one of those people, which is why now more than ever it's important to protect your ears.
4. Hearing Loss Doesn't Always Mean Losing Your Hearing
Sometimes hearing loss doesn't always mean literally losing you hearing. Hearing loss or damage can also be experience as other auditory symptoms such as:
- Tinnitus (sharp high-pitched ringing in your ears)
- Buzzing noises or sensations in your ears
- Perceived volume fluctuations
- Auditory hallucinations
25 million American adults report experiencing tinnitus for at least five minutes straight in the past year. Tinnitus is caused when the small hear cells inside the ear, called cochlea, are damaged by loud noises. Sometimes this is temporary, and the cochlea bounce back, but sometimes the damage is irreversible.
Remember that the damage to the cochlea is cumulative. After just one prolonged exposure to loud sounds, they will never be as healthy as they used to be.
5. Most Club, Rave, and Festival Volume Exceeds Our Ears’ Safe Noise Level
The typical club or festival speaker peaks at about as high as 140 decibels! This is 1.6 times more than what our ears can tolerate. Anything over 85 decibels can damage your hearing with exposure.
This is extremely important because it demonstrates how much damage we are causing to our ears. For reference, the range of a normal conversation is about 40-60 decibels. It may not seem like much of an increase, but think of it like this:
The noise of heavy traffic is 85 decibels (the damage threshold). A motorcycle is 95 decibels. Sirens can get as loud at 120 decibels. Firearms and fireworks can get as loud as 150 decibels! If you frequently attend raves, you’re exposing your ears nearly to the equivalent of someone shooting a gun next to your head for hours.
When your ears are exposed to noise at 110 decibels, hearing loss can start after just two minutes of exposure. How much damage do you think occurs at 140?
For example, our earplugs can attenuate (bring down the volume) 23 decibels of noise reduction. This still leaves the speakers blasting into our ears at 117 decibels but it's substantially less than not wearing any at all.
If you know you will be attending an event in which loud music will feature, invest in your hearing and buy a good pair of quality earplugs. A good pair of high-fidelity earplugs will not distort the sound, only attenuate it.
Protecting your hearing is an important long-term investment any raver should take. Having healthy ears ensures you will be able to attend raves for a long time to come, and enjoy the music we all love so much.