Music lovers

Our ultimate goal is to allow you to continue doing the thing you love without the risk of damaging your hearing. Read our advice below, and enjoy your next dance without worry.

 
 

All Ears safe listening tips

 

Wear high-fidelity earplugs

“Earplugs?! But I want to hear the music.”

It’s a common misconception that wearing earplugs will ruin your experience at a gig. Well, wet tissue might, but high-fidelity earplugs won’t. High-fidelity earplugs are designed for music listening. They contain a filter that gives you a true representation of the music, but will reduce the volume just enough so that no damage is done.

We highly recommend getting a pair as the primary way to protect your hearing. You can buy high-fidelity earplugs here.

 

Don’t stick your head in the bass bins

As much as this may sound like fun, your ears won’t like it at all. Standing too close to speakers is the fast-track way to leave the club with ringing ears, and that’s the first signs of hearing damage.

We recommend trying to stand 2m away from speakers in your average club, and 10m at your average festival.

 

take breaks

Give your ears a rest, they need it. Every so often head outside for some fresh air, or to the chill-out room, if there is one.

If you’ve had a long session, stay clear of loud music the next day. If you’re at a festival, spend some time away from the stages enjoying the other amenities a festival has to offer.

Remember that hearing damage comes from a combination of loudness and exposure time. The longer you are exposed to a sound, the more likely it is to damage your ears.

 

know how loud is too loud

Ever wondered how loud a club actually is? Check out the scale below to find out, and see the recommended exposure time before damage can occur.

Want to test this for yourself? Download a decibel reader for your phone. Whichever app you get, make sure to use the A-weighted scale for measurements.

“It’s too late, I already have tinnitus”

It’s never too late to start protecting your ears. If you already have tinnitus or hearing loss, following the steps above will make sure it doesn’t get any worse. 

For those suffering with tinnitus, check out our 5 key tips for coping with the condition below.

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Relaxation & meditation

It is quite common to feel anxious and afraid when you first experience tinnitus. By relaxing more, you may be able to feel less stressed and so notice your tinnitus less. Among the different types of relaxation are yoga, tai-chi and meditation... read more


Managing the stress (CBT)

If you have a high level of stress there is a greater chance that you will be troubled by your tinnitus.

The way people respond to tinnitus varies greatly. For some people, it is considered the biggest stress in their life whilst others will respond to it in a neutral, calm way. You might suppose that this difference is due to different people having different tinnitus. Instead the evidence suggests that the reason one person is stressed and another not is because they have different ideas or beliefs about tinnitus.... read more


Using sound

Some people find that using background sound can be very helpful for reducing the intrusiveness of their tinnitus. Listening to the radio or playing music are common ways of doing this.... read more


Talking to someone

It can often be very helpful to talk to someone who understands how you are feeling, who can reassure you about any anxieties you may have, and answer your questions. We can provide details of self-help groups and contacts in the UK, and we also run a helpline on 0800 018 0527... read more


Wearing earplugs

Whilst earplugs will not cure your tinnitus, wearing them in loud noise environments will stop it getting worse. Overtime your brain will start to filter out the ringing so the effect it has on you will be less... read more

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Do you suffer from tinnitus or another form of hearing damage? Get in touch with as and share your story here.

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