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Occasionally listening to live music probably won’t have much of an effect on hearing. But people who frequently go to concerts should make an effort to protect their ears because persistent exposure to loud music can cause hearing loss. Here are some helpful tips for enjoying concerts while protecting the ears.
Proximity to Speakers
Though people show up at concerts hours before they start to get spots right in front of the stage, that’s also where the most intense volume impact occurs. The speakers have to be loud enough for everyone in the venue to easily hear the music, and the noise levels by the stage can reach up to 120 decibels. At a volume of 100 decibels, just 15 minutes of exposure can cause permanent hearing loss, which is why many professional musicians wear some form of ear protection whenever they perform.
Noise-canceling headphones and earplugs provide excellent protection for people who want to be as close to the stage as possible. The music at most concerts is so loud that wearing these devices won’t completely block out the music. Some earplugs are better than others. High-quality hearing protection lets users control the volume of the sound that enters their ears rather than simply muffling the music.
Alcohol increases blood flow to the inner ear and can raise blood pressure. Both of these factors are linked to ringing in the ears and tinnitus. It’s not uncommon to briefly experience ringing in the ears after a concert, but if the symptoms persist, that may indicate a more severe problem.
If you’re concerned about potential hearing loss, our staff at Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs offers extensive audiology services, including hearing tests. Since 1981, we’ve provided personalized care to patients in the Colorado Springs area. To schedule an appointment at our office, call (719) 633-1494 or contact us online.
For those with hearing loss, hearing aids can be tremendously helpful. However, it may take some time for wearers to get used to how they function and learn how to address common issues. Basic troubleshooting tips can help resolve problems with minimal frustration.
Hearing Aids Aren’t Producing Sound
The first step is to make sure the hearing aid is turned on. They’re typically powered on when the battery door is closed, or when they have been removed from their charging case. If it’s powered on and still not making any sound, the hearing aid may require a new battery or ensure that they were placed into the charging case correctly. Commonly, wearers may also find it helpful to inspect the piece that goes into the ear for compacted ear wax or other debris.
Hearing Aids Are Making a Whistling Sound
While most newer hearing aids are efficient in canceling feedback, it can still present a problem from time to time. It most commonly occurs when the aid is not placed in the ear properly, the volume is up too high, or sound is trapped near the ear by a hat, scarf, or pillow pressing too closely against it. Additionally, extremely hard tubing that may have cracked could also be causing this issue. Lastly, the patient may have occluding wax in their ears which causes the sound being placed in the ear by the hearing aid to be reflected out of the ear canal and back into the hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Sound Quality Is Poor
When a patient is first fitted with a hearing aid, it takes several days for the brain to become accustomed to the boost in sound clarity and volume. After a few days, though, the volume may seem quieter or duller, as the brain gradually adjusts. In this case, an audiologist can help with readjusting volume as the patient acclimated to the new sound quality If a longtime wearer experiences this issue, it’s likely time for a new battery or to thoroughly clean the hearing aid paying special attention to the microphones and piece going into the ear
Hearing Aid Is Causing Ear Pain or Itchiness
Initial itching or tickling is normal, but hearing aids should not be painful. If two hearing aids are causing pain, it’s important to ensure they’re in the correct ears. Additionally, using hearing aid lubricant such as otoease or muricell when inserting the devices can prevent dry skin and irritation in the ear. If pain persists, an audiologist can modify the size, shape, and/or tubing of the hearing aid or earmold for increased comfort.
If you’re in need of new hearing aids or hearing aid maintenance in the Southern Colorado area, Hearing Consultants of Colorado Springs can help! We’ve been providing personalized care in our community for over 35 years and assist our patients based on their preferences, lifestyles, and budgets. Contact us today at 719-633-1494 to book an appointment.
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