If you think only young people rock out at concerts, think again. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. Many older music lovers will return to the site of the original concert to again enjoy the music of such rock icons as Santana, the Doobie Brothers and John Fogerty.
Dr. Sandy Colonna of Colonna Audiology says the average rock concert can reach hearing-damaging noise levels of 100 decibels or higher. “Hearing protection wasn't a big consideration for concertgoers back in 1969,” says Colonna. “Today, we are more aware of the long-term effects of exposure to noise. Sound over 85 decibels, about the level of a gas-powered lawn mower, can increase your risk of hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for damage to your hearing to occur. And noise-induced hearing loss can happen at any age.”
This doesn't mean that you need to opt out of the summer concert season, one of the most popular times for rock bands to tour the country. Dr. Sandy Colonna offers concertgoers of any age practical advice to protect their hearing health and enjoy the rockin' sounds of summer:
“A hearing evaluation is easy and painless and one of the best investments you can make in your long-term hearing health,” says Dr. Sandy Colonna. “If a hearing loss is detected, there are many modern, discreet hearing solutions available. The new Oticon Opn S™ hearing aids provide 360° access to sounds. Music lovers will enjoy streaming music to their hearing aids from their smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.”
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