Next time you attend a concert or music festival, bring earplugs. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it could save your hearing!
For the study, researchers measured the hearing of volunteers before and after a music festival where the sound was roughly 100 decibels – which can cause permanent hearing damage within 5 minutes. Among people who wore earplugs, only 8% experienced hearing damage. But 42% of those who didn’t wear earplugs showed measurable damage.