Friday, August 24, 2012

Noise Induced Hearing Loss at Rock Concerts

Scene of the crime: ringing in my ears after a Duran Duran concert
Portsmouth, Virginia, August 22, 2012
The other night I attended a rock concert. The next morning, while rounding on patients in the hospital, my ears were still ringing!

Here is an article in the Canadian Journal of Public Health on noise induced hearing loss in attendees of rock concerts. The survey respondents, concert goers at a Toronto rock and roll venue, reported tinnitus (ringing) and other hearing disturbances by 84.7% and 37.8%, respectively.

Okay, we had excellent seats and were only several rows from the stage, so it was worth it, but, I should have know better. I will carry ear plugs next time. 

Rock on!

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