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Gigs And Your Ears: How To Protect Yourself

Our how-to guide.

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When you’re young and carefree, it’s hard to imagine that your ears could ever end up damaged. Going to gigs and festivals is a fun and exciting activity, but it can also lead to problems if you’re not careful with your ears. 

There should be no reason why protecting your hearing should ruin your enjoyment of live music, so take a look at the following tips for protecting yours and making sure you can continue to enjoy the music you love for years to come.

Stand further back

It’s common to want to be as close to the music as possible – isn’t that where you get the best experience? This isn’t always true. When you’re standing at the front of a gig, you’ll be pushed around and shoved a lot, and bathroom breaks or getting a drink becomes impossible. But if you stand further away, you could still take everything in and have some of your own space – which will also be good for your hearing.

Can’t give up that front spot? Make sure you position yourself away from any speakers, and don’t be afraid to move if the sound becomes too much.

Take appropriate ear protection

Ear protection might not be the coolest thing to sport at a gig, but more people are wearing it than you think. There are different solutions for you to wear when it comes to ear defenders, including on-ear, in-ear and even using your earphones at a push. Help give your hearing the protection it needs with these picks of the best earplugs for gigs and do your ears a favour.

Get help sooner rather than later

It’s easy to ignore a health problem, especially if it appears mild. But with something like your hearing, you should never take chances. Pay a visit to your doctor if you’ve got some persistent ringing following a gig – it could be tinnitus. There are some good ways you can control your tinnitus program discreetly to help you continue to enjoy the music you love and get on with living. Taking action now could stop your problem getting worse in the future, so don’t put it off any longer.

Give your ears a rest

Some people could happily go to a gig a night, but your ears won’t thank you for it. It’s important to take a break now and then to give your ears a rest and help them to recover after a night of noise. Try to spread out the time in between gigs to help prevent serious hearing problems. You should also be cautious with your other activities between gigs – wearing in-ear buds at a loud volume the day after a gig won’t do your hearing any good! Be sensible and don’t be afraid to take a break now and then.

Your ears and your hearing are important, and if you don’t take care of them, you could find yourself struggling to enjoy the music you love in the future. Make ear protection a gig and festival essential and make some more sensible choices for the sake of your hearing. 

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