Watching a concert or music festival is certainly fun. Besides enjoying the live performances of musicians or bands that you like, you can also have fun with friends and even meet new people.
Watching the most exciting concerts is right in front of the stage barricade. Fun and fun, of course also makes you more satisfied enjoying the concert. Unfortunately, if you choose the wrong position, you might be right next to or in front of the speaker aka the concert sound system. If this is the case, you have to hold it right with the thunderous sound coming out of this loudspeaker.
Well, if you like standing next to the speakers every concert (or your fate that is really bad and can stand next to the sound system), you should consult your ENT doctor.
What is it like?
Speakers or concert sound systems are definitely high volume sounds. Just as watching TV or listening to music through headphones or headsets with large volumes, always on the side or near a concert sound system can make your hearing disturbed or even damaged.
Even though you may be around your 20s and certainly hearing loss at a young age will be very detrimental to both your daily life and your career. As quoted by Kompas, a study conducted in 2013 by doctor Mathias Basner, assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, the effects of damage from loud noises not only damage the ears, but also spread to other body parts, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and sleep disorders.
"In everyday life, loud noise is unavoidable and the availability of a quiet place is rare. That is why we must better understand sound exposure to our overall health, "Basner said.
The research team analyzed observational studies and conducted experiments for 5 years. In the study, they found that exposure to loud noise could have a wider impact than hearing problems. The impact is then known to be related to the increased risk of hypertension, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and decreased cognitive abilities in children.
As WebMD.com reports, there are two common reasons why someone can lose his hearing, namely:
- Age. As you get older, small hair cells on the inside of your ear will slowly disappear and will not be able to capture sound vibrations as well as before.
- Noise. The amount of loud noise all the time can damage the hair cells in your ears.
But just calm down. This can all be prevented, even if you are a lover of metal music concerts and enjoy watching in the front row.
Avoid a lot of noise
If you have to shout to chat somewhere, then the sound is loud enough to damage your hearing. Motorcycle exhaust sounds, concert speakers, drill or saw equipment, and even earphones with very loud sounds will damage your hearing if you are exposed all the time. Sometimes you cannot avoid the noise of an ambulance siren or a construction worker drill in front of the house. But one way to avoid this is to limit your time around them. Your hearing will disappear with the loudness of the sound and how long you hear it.
Create your own calm
Turn off the noise level in your life by buying tools and devices that have low noise levels. Buy noise canceling headphones if you are often in a noisy place. When you are in a gym, cinema, restaurant or any place that puts on music too loudly, ask the manager to turn down the sound.
Use ear protectors
When you go to a concert or music festival, make sure you bring ear protectors like:
- Earplug . Usually this protector is made of rubber. It is used in the ear hole and will reduce noise to 15-30 decibels. You can buy it at a music store or order specifically because each brand of earplug has different capabilities in reducing noise.
- Earmuff . This one protector definitely fits in your ear and the ability is the same as the earplug, can reduce noise 15-30 decibels. But keep in mind, when you wear it, the earmuff must really fit in your ear.
You can also use earplugs and earmuffs together to get safer protection.
Who says smoking only causes heart attacks, impotence, and the fetus? Some studies show that smoking can also increase the risk of hearing loss. If you smoke at the concert venue and near concert speakers, the risk of hearing loss will be higher. Stop is the best solution. If you are passive smoker, it is better to avoid people who smoke.
Clean earwax regularly
The accumulation of dirt in the ear can reduce the sound you hear and make your hearing a little reduced. But don't scrape it too deep with ear cleaners, because this can actually cause dirt to be pushed deeper. Clean with soft oil and gently clean. If you have trouble, you can go to the doctor to ask for help cleaning it.
Check the drug for hearing risk
There are around 200 drugs that can damage hearing, including some antibiotics and cancer-fighting drugs. Even high-dose aspirin can harm your ears. If you use prescription drugs, check with your doctor to make sure these drugs will not damage your hearing. If you have to use drugs that harm your ears, make sure your doctor checks your hearing and balance before and after treatment or treatment.
Your hearing test
Make an appointment with your doctor for a hearing test if you:
- Have family members who have hearing loss
- Have a problem listening to the conversation
- Feel like you're in a noisy place even when you're in a normal place
- There is often a ringing sound in your ears.
If you start hearing loss, you can prevent more damage by reducing a lot of loud noise. If your problem is severe enough, you can think of getting immediate treatment. Be sure to see your doctor if you suddenly feel a change in your hearing that cannot be explained. It could be a symptom of a serious medical problem.
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