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Can you go deaf from going to too many concerts?

Asked by curiousmonkey (59points) July 20th, 2008

I was wondering if going too concerts can actually make people go deaf.

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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Yes it can, but it would get harder every time you go because the loud music would take less of a toll for everyone you go to.

curiousmonkey's avatar

@xxporkxsodaxx thanks for the advise and so do you mean each concert you go your ears get worse each time, or do u mean its gets harder to go deaf each time because your ears get more used to it

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Yea it gets harder to lose your hearing each time you go to one, not only because you get used to it, but also because you can only lose so much hearing from the average volume they all play at, so you might lose 10% then 5% then 3% then 1% and so on.

marinelife's avatar

From WebMD:

“I often get questions from people that have recently attended rock concerts regarding their ears. The acoustic levels at concerts vary greatly, but can be extremely damaging. I have people post about hearing loss, tinnitus, and even eardrums that have been shattered. Now, when you attend a rock concert, you put your ears at serious risk. 100–130 dB: Rock concerts (can reach 150 dB near the speakers)”

Cardinal's avatar

In my late 30’s I went to a Kiss concert with my teen daughter and her friends. I suffered measurable hearing loss from that one show. No the hearing never got better, hearing loss and ringing in your ears ( tinnitus ) is forever and is damn annoying.

I do not think what xxporkxsodaxx is accurate. Hearing damage is a cumulative thing and really don’t think the more you damage your ears the less the loss is each time (if that is what he is saying)..

cheebdragon's avatar

Musicians often end up going deaf or experiancing some level of hearing loss.

Poser's avatar

Noise-induced hearing loss is based on intensity and time. Something as low as 85dB (approximately as loud as city traffic) can be damaging if you are subjected to it for long enough. A single, momentary subjection to louder noises can cause hearing loss.

Rock concerts are plenty loud to cause hearing loss, and the more of them you go to, the more damage you will do. Sit in the nosebleeds.

seVen's avatar

not if you wear those noise silencer Boise headphones they commercialize .

Knotmyday's avatar

I wear Hearos at concerts, because you can’t tell they’re in. I also wear their flat attenuator model when playing, but they look a little strange when you’re out with friends.

sndfreQ's avatar

@KMD-yes…I do too! The flat attenuator model is great-it doesn’t drop out the highs disproportionately (for the most part), and a good value at around $15…

Of course there are higher end models, but that model strikes a sweet balance (pun) between value and price.

@seVen-no, those silencer headphones are not designed to attenuate sounds that loud, and although they’ll reduce outside noise, that comes at the cost of “muffling” of the outside sound; besides, who would want to mosh with those things on?!

Also as Poser indicates, 85dB-SPL is often the loudest level professional audio engineers will use when doing their job of listening in a sound control room…it seems to be a good level to hear things evenly as the human ear works (see Fletcher-Munson equal loudness contours for good info concerning this).

La_chica_gomela's avatar

seven, why would you wear noise silencing headphones to a concert? wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of going to the concert in the first place?

lorrissey's avatar

the funny thing is —the best earplugs i use is a chewed up piece of a bar napkin.

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