Hearing Loss Affects Our Rock Legends
There's something about going to a live concert that can't be beat, but if you’re dealing with hearing loss, it can make it hard to enjoy. Whether you’re a concert goer or a musician, having any level of hearing loss can impact a live music experience.
How Audial Loss Happens
To the listeners the music coming from the stage sounds amazing. Imagine, however, that you are on stage surrounded by loud speakers and amplifiers for hours at a time. If you are exposed to sounds that exceed 85 decibels for a long amount of time, you are at risk for loss of hearing. The fact that a rock concert is generally around 115 decibels should show you how loud, and dangerous, being a rockstar actually is.
The 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division has stated that listening to anything a 115 decibels for under 3 minutes is safe, but anything over that, and any amount of time longer than that, puts you at greater risk. Some arenas and stadiums have sound systems that hit a 140 decibels, which is louder than a jet engine.
Rock Stars Dealing with Hearing Issues
Would it surprise you to learn that some of the best rock stars in the world suffer from a serious loss of hearing? Chris Martin, the lead singer of the popular band Coldplay, has come forward and stated that he suffers from tinnitus. This gives him extremely bad headaches and he now wears earplugs in order to make sure that his tinnitus does not get worse.
During an interview with SiriusXM, Sting said that he was “fairly deaf” and is an ambassador for the Hear the World Foundation. Ozzy Osbourne, as well, has suffered significant loss due not only to his heavy metal music but also to his unique lifestyle.
Preventing Hearing Loss
How, then, can rock stars provide the same amazing music that we also love without having to worry about dealing with serious hearing loss? The best way is for the artist to focus on their hearing care is to have custom-molded in-ear monitors. These monitors are made using medical grade silicone ear molds and fit perfectly in the artist ears in order to block the noise around them while still allowing them to hear the music at a much lower decibel, which is much better for the ears.
So while being a rock star musician is still a risk, for a number of reasons, hearing loss doesn’t have to be one of them. With the right in-ear monitors, and proper hearing care from an audiologist, our favorite rock stars can strut on the stage providing us with the music and entertainment we love for a lifetime.
Are you a musician or someone who is frequently exposed to loud noises? Contact one of our experienced audiologists to get more info on how to limit your exposure.