A Really Simple Guide for When to Wear Earplugs…

If you’re playing extremely loud shows without earplugs or blasting your Beats to drown out noisy environments, then you probably don’t give a crap about long-term hearing loss.  For the rest of us, there are all sorts of ways to smartly preserve the auditory channels.

And part of that is understanding where the line towards possible hearing loss actually begins.


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10 Responses

  1. balbers

    I’d be curious to know the dB regulations for movie theatres. I rarely go out to see movies in theatres any more (I’m poor…), but if I do, and if I know there will be action scenes or anything like that, yer damn right I’m wearing earplugs. I’m gonna guess a dB meter would read about 100dB. I remember one time (back in the 80s or 90s?), my ears were ringing after some movie concluded where I wasn’t wearing earplugs, and that’s simply unacceptable.

    Also, I always wear earplugs for flights/airplanes. Not only during takeoff and landing, but for the entire length of the flight. Makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

    • JS

      A lot of cinemas probably have different loudness levels – but ones that are Dolby certified (they play the Dolby logo before the film) are supposed to have their playback levels calibrated by an official from Dolby who obeys strict guidelines. From what I understand the playback level is set to a maximum of 85dB SPL on each speaker.

  2. Spoken X Digital Media Group

    You wear ear plugs when you refuse to hear the lies and you take them off when you want to shout to your lawyers how you want things handled as you roll through the digital music universe__//:www.spokenwordpoetrymall.com/NWAGangLandRapMall.html

  3. JS

    Something else interesting that the picture hints at but doesn’t go into detail on: sudden loud sounds are much more damaging to your ears than prolonged loud sounds that build up slowly and stay at a continious level.

    The tiny bones in your ears can cope with prolonged loud sounds for a little while, but when you’re in a situation that goes from quiet or moderate to comparitively much louder these bones vibrate back and forth with such force that it physically hurts. We’ve all been there: slamming a door too hard; a car beeping close by.. Even clapping your hands together in a quiet room can damage your ears.

    wearing ear protection is definitely useful but not always practical. Our hands can do the job for sudden loud sounds that will do far more damage in the long run.

  4. thedenmaster

    I measure SPL at concerts all the time. EDM shows inside clucs like Avalon or Vanguard here in LA will sometimes hit 104 which is high. But that trend is going down.Widesopread Panic at The Wiltern held at 97-98 average which was piercing.Madonna at Staples Center held a solid 94 average. Not much higher.I find most places holding the 94 db level lately which is cool. Much louder gets painful.save your ears. you need em.www.denmasterstudios.com

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Pretty interesting.
      Have you published the results anywhere?