Loud music can be dangerous for your hearing. The high energy soundwaves can cause permanent damage to the delicate sensory structures in your ear. The unlucky result is noise-induced hearing loss. This is a combination of deafness and tinnitus. Initially it may be temporary and pass after a few hours or days. After repeated or severe noise exposure the problem may become permanent.
So what can you do about it?
The best ear plugs for loud music are molded ear plugs. ZenPlugs have many advantages when you compare them to other types of molded ear plugs. The kit can be made at home and so costs much less then audiologically moulded earplugs. They can also be quicker as you do not need to make multiple trips to the clinic. Unlike most other earplugs ZenPlugs have an antibacterial included. This means that you are much less likely to get sore itchy ears and infections from regular plug use. They can also be connected together using the cord supplied. This makes them much easier to find as well as harder to lose.
Because they are made individually for your ears they are very comfortable and effective when it comes to blocking noise. Their shape means that they stay in much better than many other types of plug. They don't press on the delicate skin lining your ears, unlike foam ear plugs which are often uncomfortable and fall out easily.
Tinnitus is when the individual can hear buzzing or ringing in the ears. This is even though an outside source of sound is absent. People describe it in many different ways and some musicians can even say what the note is. The problem can be debilitating, leading to anxiety and depression in severe cases. There is no specific treatment for tinnitus. Sometimes it improves over time but much therapy is aimed at coping mechanisms and learning to cope with the problem.
Dr Toby Bateson, MD of ZenPlugs