Recovering From a Concert
Noise can affect our hearing
It’s not about eliminating noise but about reducing noise and “conserving” our hearing. Think of it like having a daily or weekly quota of hearing. As long as you remain under or even stretch to being at capacity, you can listen without incurring long-term damage. Every prolonged hearing session counts toward your limit so “listen” wisely.
Keep ears free of blockage
Earwax naturally falls out of the ear canal, so there’s no need to be aggressive or invasive with Q-tips. These can affect the small and delicate hairs of the inner ear, especially if pushed too far.
If you’re experiencing a sensation of muffled sounds, you might have impacted ear wax blocking your canal. If this is the case, make sure to visit a healthcare professional and they can remove it carefully.
Playing white noise or relaxing sounds
After a concert full of louder-than-usual sounds, over a prolonged period, what your ears need are a healing “counter” sound — white noise. White noise cancels out the sharp highs and lows of loud music. It works by reducing the difference between background sounds and those “peak” noises.
Limit how much alcohol you drink
Experiencing aural fullness or pressure in the ear canal is quite a common side effect of prolonged exposure to loud music. But alcohol increases blood pressure, which increases the flow of blood to your ears, the area behind, the tops of your eyes and the base of your neck. This can exacerbate the effect of ringing and pressure in your ears.
Music is one of those rare pleasures that cut right to the heart of human emotionality, latch on, and never let go. We can use music to unwind, de-stress, enhance the meaning of art, speak to us and evoke higher states such as love and compassion. We can use it to convey profound values of social justice and to set a mood.