NEWS_250415_How to protect your hearing during the festival season
How to protect your hearing during the festival season
Tips to protect your hearing during prolonged exposure to high volume levels
- Use hearing protection during all performances.
- Ear protectors are very comfortable as well as being easy to find and cheap to buy at your local Amplifon store and at most chemist shops.
- Ear protectors need to be inserted properly into the ear canals so that there is a good seal and no gaps.
- Regular festival goers should consider custom-made hearing protectors which guarantee a better fit and even better sound-reducing qualities.
- Using hearing protection means music can still be enjoyable but at a safer level which doesn't risk permanent hearing damage and tinnitus.
- Being close to any loudspeakers at a festival carries a high risk of permanent hearing damage and tinnitus. So, keep your distance and keep your hearing!
- Measure the sound levels at a festival using many available Smartphone apps that act as a sound level meter. Check you are not being exposed to any sound above the safe limit of 85dB.
Tips for protecting children's hearing at festivals
Although children's hearing is no more susceptible to damage from exposure to excessive sound levels, the consequences of permanent hearing loss can be greater for children as there may be adverse effects on their speech and language development as well as on their educational and social development. So, it's even more important for children's hearing to well protected at festivals.
- There are hearing protectors designed specifically for children but they will only be effective if they are fitted correctly so that both ear canals are sealed.
- Adults accompanying children need to keep a careful watch to make sure that ear protectors are inserted properly and that they stay that way.
- Naturally, keeping children well away from the stage and loudspeakers is really important so that they can continue to enjoy music for a lifetime rather than having it spoilt by premature hearing loss and tinnitus.