Going to a music festival without earplugs, a bad idea explained in 6 examples
Did you know that going to a musical festival without wearing any earplugs can be dangerous for your hearing and cause irreversible damage? Several studies were done to measure the sound scale.
What is a decibel?
A decibel (dB) is a unit to measure sound. Or rather, the decibel scale is a logarithmic scale. A person with a good hearing can hear sounds starting from 0 dB. If a sound stays under 75 decibels, the risk of hearing deterioration is zero.
The exposure limit to a sound volume of 75 dB is determined at 8 hours a day. If you stay within this limit, you’ll run no risk of hearing loss. If the sound volume exceeds 75 dB, the time of «no risk» is reduced. This time is halved for every added three decibels.
For example, for 78 dB, the sound exposure period without running any risk is four hours. From 120 to 140 dB, the sensitivity scale is reached and loss of hearing is immediate. The average sound level on musical festivals is between 100 and 110 decibels.
The effect of decibels on your ears in 6 examples
Going to a music festival without wearing earplugs is like:
Are we all the same as far as the risk related to decibels is concerned?
The influence of noise on your hearing, while you aren’t wearing any earplugs, depends on different factors:
What are the risks?
Excessive and prolonged exposure to noise can lead to loss of hearing, ear pain, ear buzzing (tinnitus) or hypersensibility to noise (hyperacusis).
Noise has, however, other consequences on your health. It can lead to the following:
Now that you know the risks involved with an overdose of decibels and music, defend yourself against this kind of damage by wearing earplugs.
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