Whether you are a music lover or a professional musician, if you have tinnitus you should know that music can be your ears’ worst enemy. Over 50 million people on the US have tinnitus, or ringing of the ears. And the number one cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud sounds. And unfortunately, if not somewhat unfairly, music is one of the main ways most of us expose ourselves to overly loud noise. The good news is this is largely under your control

It’s easy to listen to music too loud. Often we are trying to listen to music loud enough to drown other other noise. I’m always amazed when I get in my car, how loud I left the radio from my last drive. Almost all live entertainment is too loud whether it is classical, jazz, or rock.

If you are a professional musician looking for tinnitus relief, you’re in good company. After performing at the 2010 Super Bowl halftime show, rock legend Pete Townsend of the Who revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that his tinnitus returned. He might have to give up live performing. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has discussed his tinnitus and his concerns for this generation growing up with iPods on CNN. Some other notable performers that acknowledge they have tinnitus include Neil Young, Barbra Streisand, Sting, and Eric Clapton.

There are many references to ringing ears in songs lyrics, including songs by U2, Wilco, Mark Knopfler, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, and Beck. Who could forget the famous Peter Frampton line, “I wonder how you’re feeling….there’s ringing in my ears.” I’m sure you can think of some others.

So what can music lovers do to prevent getting tinnitus or to stop tinnitus from getting any worse?

This may seem embarrassingly obvious, but when you have control of the sound level, such as the radio in your car or your iPod, keep the volume as a safe level. What is considered a safe level? That would be so quiet that if someone wanted to talk to you they wouldn’t have to raise their voice. That’s pretty quiet. It is interesting to check out decibel levels of common sounds on sites such as CoolMath.com. You’ll find learn that listening to music in your home usually is as loud as the average factory.

When you can’t control the sound level, such as at at concert, use hearing protection. You can buy special musicians’ earplugs.

If you’re a drummer, you can get quiet drumsticks, which sounds like an oxymoron! Eric Clapton made them famous during his unplugged era. I’ve heard that their tinnitus is why some musicians decided to go “unplugged” in the first place.

And if you already have tinnitus, besides reducing sound levels you are exposed to, there are many tinnitus remedies that can reduce or even eliminate tinnitus symptoms, even though there is no actual tinnitus cure.

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