The chances are that if you attend a rock concert, an orchestra recital, or go to a jazz club, you will see musicians wearing earplugs. The reason is simple and probably obvious. Musicians wear earplugs to protect their hearing from irreversible hearing damage. The ability to hear well is vital to a musician, making earplugs as necessary as an instrument is to a practicing musician.
They say if the music is too loud you’re too old. However, the truth is that professional musicians are four times more likely to have a noise-induced hearing loss than other people according to an extensive study using the health records of 7 million people.
The noise is not limited to rock concerts either; professional orchestras are taking measures to reduce sound levels as well. After experimenting with physical noise-reducing barriers such as the placement of screens, many orchestras now see earplugs as a solution backed by research and the only means of ear protection.
There is a certain amount of hero worship when it comes to musicians. To play the role, many musicians feel that earplugs are bad for their appearance. The more common reason given is that of an uncomfortable, poor fit. Whatever causes a musician may have, some musicians are reluctant to try using earplugs and lose their most precious gift.
Maybe it is time for you to give earplugs a chance? Here are some fantastic reasons why you should consider protecting your delicate hearing ability: