or higher can cause hearing loss (most concerts are 100+ dB)
maximum safe time without hearing protection at a loud concert or sporting event
people worldwide are affected by hearing loss
of young adults in the US and Europe have some degree of hearing loss
How Loud is Too Loud?
The risk of hearing damage can be roughly calculated as "how loud" and "how long" you are exposed to a certain level of sound. Experts agree that continuous exposure to noise at or above 85 dB(A) can cause hearing loss. If your experience leaves your ears ringing, or dulls your hearing sense, you've been listening to something that's too loud or for too long without proper hearing protection. If you can't speak to someone who is 2 meters away without shouting, there is a good chance the level of noise is high enough to cause damage. However, you may still be damaging your hearing even without these outward damage warnings.
Example: Listening to headphones turned up loud enough to overcome street noise. Over time, the cumulative effect of symptomless damage can have a serious long-term impact on your ability to hear. When you compound this damage with high-volume sound at concerts or in nightclubs, some level of hearing loss is virtually unavoidable without hearing protection.Turn down the headphones. Protect yourself when you are at a live music venue, large concert, nightclub or even the movies.
EarPeace ear plugs are the best ear plugs for fans at concerts and live events, DJs, musicians, and anyone else that feels their favorite live entertainment is too loud.
How Long Can I Listen to Loud Music?
It depends on the volume. An increase of only a few decibels has a dramatic effect on the danger to hearing. Each increase of 3 Decibels (dB) represents a doubling of noise energy / sound pressure, and halves the safe exposure time time you should listen for. Human hearing does not work linearly in that an increase of 3 dB does not "sound" twice as loud. The perception of twice as loud corresponds to considerably more than twice the total acoustic power. Typically literature states that 10 dB increase of sound level is heard as "twice as loud". While it may not be exactly 10 dB, that's a reasonable figure.
Example: Being on a dance floor for one hour at 100 dB(A) delivers the same amount of noise energy to the ear (and therefore potential damage) as being on a slightly less noisy dance floor at 97 dB(A) for two hours. Simply put, a small reduction in volume makes a big difference to the length of time you can safely listen without hearing protection. This is why EarPeace provides protection and improves experience. Many live music venues and nightclubs are consistently above 100 dB.
EarPeace extends the length of your experience safely, even if you wear it for short periods of time to rest your ears. Bottom line, if loud music ever causes you pain or discomfort, you should protect yourself and leave / turn it down immediately.
What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss?
Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). These sensitive structures, called hair cells, are small sensory cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back.
The American Tinnitus Association is the foremost organization committed to preventing and curing tinnitus. They have extensive information on tinnitus, which impacts up to 50 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide. Most commonly caused by noise exposure, tinnitus drastically reduces quality of life for 250 million people worldwide.