Essay on Lack Of Public Awareness At A Concert

2034 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
Human hearing is a delicate thing, and the ears are always at risk from suffering hearing damage from high volume levels. Concerts are a major reason for damage to the ears, but only if a person attends without hearing protection. Simply putting in a set of earplugs can significantly reduce your chances of sustaining hearing loss at a concert. Damage prevention is so easy, yet 28 million Americans still suffer from deterioration of their hearing as they get older.1 Lack of public awareness is to blame for this problem, and the simplest way to fix it is to make changes to how venues hold their concerts. It is the responsibility of every venue that plays loud music for extended periods of time to protect, or at the very least attempt to protect, the hearing of the audience members. This is why it should be required of all venues to distribute protective earplugs to patrons upon arrival to any concert, event or festival. These earplugs must be free of charge and their purpose must be made clear. This way, the public awareness of the dangers of concerts on the ears increases, and the sustained damage received from these concerts is decreased.
Volume is measured in decibels (dB). The human ear can safely detect sound from 0 dB to 120 dB, and any sound above 120 dB will start to cause damage to the ear. Sustained exposure to sound at these levels will always cause hearing damage over time, but the louder the sound is, the higher the chance that the damage will be instantaneous…

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