Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound

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Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound

  • Listen in a way that enriches you but does not hurt you
  • sometimes you can notice hearing loss
  • sound is measured in decibels
  • live concerts can easily get to 100-150 decibels
  • pain starts to occur at 125 decibels
  • between 10% and 20% of teenagers already have hearing loss
  • the generation we live in can very easily access loud noises that are very unsafe and high on the decibel scale
  • 1 out of 12 35-year olds have hearing loss
  • more than a third of that is due to loud sounds
  • you can’t get your hearing back
  • ringing in the ears usually means that you have temporary hearing damage
  • sometimes is it permanent
  • if you lose your hair cells, you can’t get any back
  • you can easily be exposed to about 140d at a concert
  • be weary of loud noises
  • about 28 million americans have hearing loss
  • about 500 million people worldwide have hearing loss
  • some signs of hearing loss include ringing in the ears, not completely hearing consonants when people speak
  • wearing earplugs is a safe thing to do when you attend a concert
  • when at a concert don’t get too close to the band or the speakers (a distance of 10 feet is minimum)
  • do not listen to music in earbuds too loud
  • take care of your ears and “listen smart” For Audio Career Tips

  • Everybody who is a part of the music and entertainment industry has a responsibility to help manage sound.
  • You need to take care of the health and safety of yourself and others.
  • Make sure you know your limits and what volumes are safe.
  • If you work in concert halls and theaters when playing in a band or orchestra, you need to be very careful because you are exposed to loud sounds and noise even if you are not on stage.
  • If you work with amplified live music you need to be safe because a lot of people who work in the live sound industry suffer with permanent hearing damage
  • If you work in a sound studio you need to preform a noise risk assessment because musicians and technicians are exposed to high levels of noise. You need to remember that the level of noise is just as important as how long you are exposed to the sound
  • If you are a teacher of music in a school or college, you should establish if your coworkers and you are at risk. This is because you are often exposed to high levels of noise while working.
  • If you work at a pub or a club where music is played you are very likely to experience high levels of noise. This can cause permanent hearing damage. You should preform a noise risk assessment and make sure people can enjoy the music while listening safely.
  • If you are in a marching band you are exposed to high levels of noise. Percussionists especially are very often exposed to high levels of sound. You should always take action to protect your hearing and others.
  • If you are a freelancer you should be responsible and make sure that any risks are controlled. You can do this by talking to the engager/contracter ahead of time to be informed about any risks. You can and should also do this by wearing hearing protection.

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