The Best Way to Protect Your Hearing at Your Next Summer Concert
Summer brings some amazing outdoor concerts, and if you have exciting plans coming up, it’s important to take a moment for your hearing. At NYHD, we offer different ways to protect your hearing whether you’re going to be on-stage or in the audience. Here’s what to know about protecting your hearing and how our Doctors of Audiology can help.
What are In-Ear Monitors?
In-ear monitors are a technology that is designed to overcome the flaws of traditional on-stage monitors when it comes to hearing. In-ear monitors can be more accurately adjusted to your sound environment and allow you to set your mix at an appropriate and safe level. By also reducing noise and preventing the dreaded upward spiral of competitive monitoring, they can prevent the need to turn up the volume on stage. While IEMs are not hearing protection by design, they do offer the possibility of protecting your hearing while still providing a high-quality sound experience.
Why Should I Use Hearing Protection as a Musician?
In past decades, musicians were notorious for experiencing deteriorating hearing ability over time. This was because on-stage monitors have frequently been at an unsafe level. Over time, this damages hearing ability – a phenomenon called noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) or even more specifically, music-induced hearing loss (MIHL). The best way to protect yourself from long-term hearing loss as a musician is by using hearing protection that still allows you to perform at your best – and that means consulting a Doctor of Audiology who can help you preserve your hearing and maximize your performance.
Going to a Concert? Consider Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is just as important for audience members as it is for musicians. People who regularly attend loud concerts can just as easily experience hearing loss over time, meaning it’s never too late to begin using hearing protection. A Doctor of Audiology can help you get custom-fitted hearing protection that still allows you to experience concerts to their fullest but at a level safe for your hearing. And don’t forget to get a hearing assessment regularly so you can address problems with your hearing before they happen.
Schedule an Appointment
This summer, consider investing in hearing protection so you can enjoy your favorite concerts for years to come. To schedule an appointment with our Doctors of Audiology and learn more, contact us today by calling or filling out our online form.