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Benefits of wearing earplugs

RINGGGGGG have you ever had that feeling a constant ringing noise after attending a club/festival/ noisy environment? If you have you will know that this noise can drive the sanest person insane. Minutes, hours, days the constant ringing called Tinnitus is a very difficult and frustrating condition to manage

But why do our ears ring after a night out? 

The reality is listening to extremely loud music damages our ears and if you experience this ringing after a night out this is your ears telling you to turn the music down. Unfortunately many people don’t realize wearing earplugs for concerts, clubs, festivals protects our ears in the long run and significantly lowers the risk of damaging our ears

Unlike many years ago the only hearing protection on the market was foam earplugs or hearing protection that muffled noise completely, times have now changed with earplugs becoming more and more advanced allowing us to protect our ears in environments of loud bass without the worry of damaging our ears. Over the past number of years more and more people are now wearing earplugs at clubs and festivals, although earplugs may feel uncool wearing at a party, club, festival etc. Some of the most celebrated and well-known DJ’s such as Hot Since 82/Calvin Harris wear earplugs at festivals/concerts

When I speak to clubbers, festival goers am shocked at the number of people that are unaware at the risks of being in a loud environment. It’s very easy to find yourself listening to some head banging music for hours on end and not realize why at the end of the night you become partially deaf with a sudden ringing noise

 

What Are The Risks If We Don’t Wear Earplugs?

 

Temporary Threshold Shift

 

A temporary threshold shift is a temporary shift in the auditory threshold. It may occur suddenly after exposure to a high level of noise, a situation in which most people experience reduced hearing. A temporary threshold shift results in temporary hearing loss.

People who experience a temporary threshold shift may often also experience temporary tinnitus. The causes of temporary threshold shift which results in a temporary hearing loss are normally caused by exposure to intense and/or loud sounds or noise for a shorter or longer time. This could be e.g. Loud music at a concert

 

Long Term Hearing Damage

What’s worse than Temporary Threshold Shift? When that shift becomes permanent. Noise-induced hearing loss is real and irreversible. We are able to hear because of small hair cells in the Cochlea (Inner Ear)  sending impulses to the brain, allowing us to hear. Overexposure to loud noises can damage these hair cells, meaning sounds will seem muffled or mute compared to before.

What’s worse than hearing nothing at all? Hearing an annoying constant pestering ringing. That’s Tinnitus – A constant ringing in the ears which can be caused by noise-related hearing loss. Like noise-induced hearing loss, Tinnitus is permanent, and currently there is no cure for this condition. Earplugs can’t fix these problems if you’re already suffering from Tinnitus, but earplugs can significantly lower the risk and protect your ears from becoming further damaged

Now that we have gone through some of the risks for not wearing Earplugs what are the benefits to wearing these little gems in loud environments

 

Benefits of wearing earplugs in loud environments

 

Reduce the risk of Tinnitus

With a wide range of products on the market you can now find hearing protection that will help in any loud environment. Need an earplug for your gig sorted. Not only will these little beauties take the harshness of the sound allowing you to listen to music safely and clearly but also wearing earplugs lowers the risk of Tinnitus by a significant amount

 

Balance Of Sound

There’s an old age myth flying around, if we wear earplugs in loud environments we can’t listen to music or have conversations? False with the correct earplug you can listen to music of balanced sound and no muffled noise. Wearing earplugs will simply lower the excessive noise while still allowing you to enjoy your surroundings safely

 

Reduce Hearing loss

Attending Clubs, Festivals etc over time our ears become damaged due to a significant amount of noise exposure. Wearing earplugs they are designed in a way that only allows quality noise to enter your ears leaving the unwanted sounds out. As a result our ears are able to be more healthy for longer. We all love loud music but the simple fact is earplugs will protect you from long-term hearing loss

 

Food For Thought

 

As a Tinnitus sufferer, I never thought in a million years Tinnitus would be something I would have to manage on a daily basis, for those that know my story will know some of the struggles I’ve had due to this condition. From the ages of 18 – 22 I was attending clubs, festivals, Holidays  unfortunately after one eventful night of loud music I damaged my ears in a way that could not be fixed. Wearing earplugs would have saved me from the dreaded constant ringing

Still not convinced?

  • 11 million people across the UK are currently suffering some type of hearing loss

  • Around one in 10 UK adults has tinnitus, with recent data showing  an estimated 32,000 new cases of tinnitus were diagnosed in England in 2016

In any loud environment I’m always carrying  earplugs although too late to protect myself from Tinnitus wearing these beauties will definitely help lower the risk of damaging my ears further

Hope You Have Enjoyed!

Adam

 

Adam
Adam

My mission is to help anyone affected by Tinnitus go on and live a happy normal life. After being told I had Tinnitus 4 years ago due to excessively loud noise I had to quickly realize how to manage this condition on a daily basis. Through my journey Understanding Tinnitus was founded, here we share simple informative information that will help people with this condition on a daily basis.

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