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Loud Music and Your Ears

| June 18, 2011

<br /> Hearing damage can happen to anyone in a matter of minutes when your<br /> ears are unprotected in sound levels of 110 dB at concerts venues, rehearsal<br /> rooms and dance clubs, and other noisy environments. Hearing loss can also<br /> come on gradually after years of exposure listening to loud music and noise.<br /> Unfortunately, hearing loss from loud noise and music is permanent. But, the<br /> good news is that it may be totally preventable by using hearing protection<br /> and with safe hearing conservation practices.<br /> <br /> After exposure to high decibel levels, hearing loss at first may only be<br /> temporary, with hearing returning to normal after several hours or days.<br /> But, if exposure occurs repeatedly the ears will eventually lose their ability to<br /> bounce back, resulting in permanent hearing degeneration.<br /> Other damage can occur called &ldquo;tinnitus&rdquo;, a ringing in the ears that often<br /> follows exposure to loud noise. You might have noticed this after performing<br /> in, or attending a rock concert or dance club. The show is over, but the<br /> ringing in your ears goes on. For some people, the problem is only<br /> temporary, but for others it can become permanent. <br /> <br /> Reducing your exposure to high decibel levels is one way to prevent hearing damage and wearing<br /> hearing protection, this includes taking breaks from the sound during practice<br /> or at the club.<br /> <br /> H.E.A.R. makes available &ldquo;Listen Smart&rdquo; Safely Handling the Power of<br /> Sound DVD at our nonprofitʼs website <a href="http://www.hearnet.com/" target="_blank">www.hearnet.com</a>.<br /> <em>Listen Smart </em>a "Cine Golden Eagle Award" winning rockumentary<br /> produced by Dan Beck (H.A.M.F.) and directed by Pamela French,<br /> features interviews with some of todayʼs most popular musicians (including<br /> Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Wyclef Jean, Blondie and Moby) as they talk<br /> about the kinds of long-term hearing damage that can occur when music and<br /> other sounds are played too loudly. &mdash;<em>Kathy Peck</em>, musician, composer, co-founder and Executive Director of <br /> H.E.A.R. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers.<br />

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