The loudest concert I’ve ever been at, was about a week ago. Swans at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto. Insane. And I can’t stand ear-plugs, but I put them in anyway. And then we left halfway through.
Turns out The World Health Organisation has warned that 28 seconds at a rock concert could damage hearing – and recommended that people should use earphones for just an hour a day.
They also believe that 1.1 billion people are at risk of suffering permanent ear problems through their listening habits – and that over 43 million people between the age of 12 and 35 are already living with hearing loss, and say these things:
“The emerging pattern of listening regularly at high volume and for a long duration poses a serious threat”.
“While it is important to keep the volume down, limiting the use of personal audio devices to less than one hour a day would do much to reduce noise exposure.”
“Even more worryingly, 90 per cent of young people have experienced ringing in their ears – an early sign of damage – at least once.”
“We do realise this is a bit of a struggle, like alcohol consumption. Risk factors linked to pleasure are not easy to change. But we have to make people aware.”
‘But that’s the way I like it baby,
I don’t wanna live for ever’