Our sense of hearing allows us to maintain relationships and connections with friends and family. It allows us to fully participate in, and enjoy, all the experiences the world has to offer – including music. Hearing loss is not always preventable – it can be due to aging or heredity – but hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises is preventable. Musicians…listen up!
We all love music. Listening to our favourite songs can bring us joy and comfort. Playing music can be exhilarating and cathartic. But prolonged and repeated exposure to music can cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus. Young children are especially susceptible.
We all agree that certain things – like rock concerts, jack hammers and motorcycles – are loud and could damage our hearing, but we may not realize that listening to music or podcasts with our earbuds is causing any damage, but it’s very possible that repeated exposure to what we think isn’t very loud, is actually causing damage to our ears. The same is true when it comes to music lessons.
Due to the negative connotation of “noise”, we don’t like to consider music as such; however, in the context of this article, that’s exactly what it is. This means that when taking music lessons or practicing at home – especially with instruments like electric guitar and drums, but also with piano and violin, for example, we have to be aware of the noise levels.
You’re never too young, or too old, to start protecting your hearing. Whether you’re a child just starting lessons, a teenager going to concerts, or a professional who’s been performing for years, protecting your hearing is essential.