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Teens & Their Rock Music – The Loudest Bands Of All Time

Teens & Their Rock Music - The Loudest Bands Of All Time

In 1972 the band Deep Purple was awarded the Guinness Book of World Records honor of being named the loudest band in the world. During a performance in London they were found to have reached levels of 117 dB. Not only was that a dangerous level to achieve, but it knocked three fans attending the concert unconscious, leading them to be carried away for treatment.

Since then the Guinness Book of World Records has discontinued their sound monitoring; claiming potential hearing loss as the reason why. Which is a bit of a shame, because several bands have managed to beat them.

Manowar is one, hitting 129.5 dB in 1994, beating out their past record in 1984, the last one to be recorded for posterity. In 2009, KISS managed to get to 136 dB before complaints from neighboring residents led to them being forced to turn it down.

How Loud Is Too Loud?

All of this is in good fun, but the truth is sound can be dangerous. Live concerts are notorious for causing damage to the ears, sometimes permanent. To put the above shows into context, a human being starts to experience damage to the eardrum when a sound reached 85 dB. That is roughly the level reached by idling construction equipment, such as a bulldozer.

Once the rate hits around 120 dB you reach what is commonly called the “pain threshold”. This is when the person exposed to the sound will begin to actually feel the damage being done. This can lead to rupturing of the eardrum in extreme cases, and almost always causes some level of temporary loss or tinnitus.

While the above examples are record breaking instances, the average rock concert can still easily reach 120 dB. So every time you go to a show you are risking your audio health.

How You Can Protect Your Ears While Rocking Out

Don’t worry, you don’t have to rip up those front row tickets. You just have to take a few precautions.

  • If possible try to avoid any spot that is close to an amp.
  • If you have a history of hearing problems such as tinnitus get tickets away from the stage.
  • Use earplugs; not only is this safer but you will actually hear the music more clearly. You can get specially made earplugs used by musicians as well. Chances are the band is wearing them.

Find out more at HearingDoctors.net.

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