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 become permanent.

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

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.





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