We all love a good festival. Festivals are a great way to enjoy music, art, and culture with friends and family. However, with loud music and crowds, festivals can also pose a risk to our hearing health. In this blog, we’ll share some tips on how to protect your hearing at festivals and ensure that you can continue to enjoy music for years to come.
Where Ear Plugs
Wearing earplugs is the most effective way to protect your ears from loud music. We all know festivals can become intense when they have lasers, jumbo screens, and giant speakers that could actually be small buildings. Ear plugs will make speakers like these a little more bearable, yet still super fun! There are several options available, including foam, silicone, and custom-molded earplugs. Foam earplugs are the most affordable option and can be found at most drugstores. Silicone earplugs are more comfortable and reusable, while custom-molded earplugs provide the best fit and sound quality. Regardless of the type you choose, make sure to wear them throughout the festival.
It’s important to give your ears a break from loud music. Take regular breaks in quiet areas to give your ears a rest. This will also give you a chance to recharge and enjoy the festival for longer. Sometimes being up close and personal with those huge speakers puts a lot of stress on your senses, especially when exposed to them for long periods of time. Taking breaks will protect your hearing and also mitigate those pounding headaches you get from standing next to loud music for so long.
Stay back from speakers
Standing near speakers can be tempting, especially if you want to get the best view of the stage. However, this is one of the worst things you can do for your hearing. Try to stay at least 20 feet away from the speakers to reduce your risk of hearing damage.
Limit Exposure Time
Prolonged exposure to loud music can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Try to limit your exposure time by taking regular breaks and leaving the festival early if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Use noise-canceling headphones
If you’re attending a festival with children, noise-canceling headphones can be a great way to protect their hearing. These headphones block out external noise, allowing you to enjoy the music at a safe volume.
Monitor your volume levels
If you’re listening to music on your smartphone or another device, make sure to monitor your volume levels. Keep the volume below 60% and take regular breaks to avoid prolonged exposure.
Protecting your hearing at festivals is important to ensure that you can continue to enjoy music for years to come. By wearing earplugs, taking breaks, staying back from speakers, limiting exposure time, using noise-cancelling headphones, and monitoring your volume levels, you can reduce your risk of hearing damage and enjoy the festival safely.