Is your music making you deaf?

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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Is your music making you deaf?  That’s the title of this post from BWorld online.

The answer, technically, is no. Deafness means congenital absence of hearing, or profound hearing loss. Loud music won’t make you deaf. But loud music can certainly cause hearing loss.

Hearing loss and tinnitus are occupational hazards of being a rock musician. And loud music is a threat to auditory health of concert goers and clubgoers and those who listen to loud music on their personal listening devices.

We recommend avoiding loud music all the time. There is no such thing as temporary auditory damage.

If the music (or any other sound) sounds too loud, it IS too loud. Turn down the volume, leave the area, use hearing protection, or accept that you’ll probably need hearing aids in the future.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.

Comments (2)

  1. Robert Follis

    I was at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia last week. Almost every stage was over-amplified to Led Zeppelin levels running at average 95dB with peaks up to 102dB. Total madness. Stage supervisors unconcerned and dismissed my complaints.

    So many visitors would have spent at least four solid hours at 95dB Plus or longer, including young children

    I am prepping a letter to the organisers, any helpful comments appreciated

    Cheers Robert

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  2. Daniel Fink

    Robert
    The festival definitely sounds dangerously loud, especially for children and teens. There is a whole body of literature on the dangers of loud noise for hearing.

    If it sounds too loud, it IS too loud.

    Best of luck in your efforts.

    Dan

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