A side-effect of our jobs at Hear Alberta is that we can’t discuss an event in our city without bringing up noise-induced hearing loss. We couldn’t help but send a letter:
JUNOfest marks an exciting time in our city. For many of us, live music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. However, at the risk of being called a killjoy, I want to remind concert-goers to take along hearing protection. Last year, the World Health Organization reported that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening habits. Part of that is due to exposure to damaging levels of sound at concerts, nightclubs, and bars.
Most of us have experienced fuzzy hearing or tinnitus (which is a ringing sensation in the ear), after a concert. When the exposure to music is particularly loud, regular or prolonged, it can lead to permanent damage of the ear’s sensory cells, resulting in hearing loss. And once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back.
The good news is that there are simple preventive actions you can take. Even a pair of drug store earplugs can lessen the decibel levels. Better to protect yourself now, so you can enjoy music for years to come.
Manager, Hearing Services