Here's an easy, safe and effective
way for musicians and fans to check to make sure loud concerts aren't
hurting your ears.
Before the show, set the volume of your car radio to a level where you
can barely hear the words. A talk show works best, as sometimes it is
hard to understand lyrics in music. After the concert, turn on the
radio to the same setting.
Can you still hear and understand the words? If not, you're
experiencing a form of short term hearing loss called temporary
threshold shift. When this happens too many times, the damage can
If you notice these early warning
signs, or have any hearing difficulties, get your hearing checked by
an audiologist or physician. Other signs of possible problems can be
acute or chronic dizziness, pain, discomfort, and drainage from you
ears. If you have any of these symptoms contact a ear specialist, for
help and referrals go to H.E.A.R.'s website at www.hearnet.com.
Kathy Peck, Executive Director
1405 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
H.E.A.R. - Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a hearing
health nonprofit public benefit organization 501 (c) (3) since 1988.
Mission: Dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus
among musicians and music fans through education and advocacy.