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A harm reduction guide to protecting your ears and reducing the risk of hearing loss while romping to amplified music and raging in front of the speakers. 




Hearing damage can take the form of temporary or permanent ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and loss of the ability to hear clearly.

Amplified music can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). A study in Great Britain found that 62% of regular clubbers have symptoms of hearing loss 

The risk of hearing damage depends on;

  1. How loud the music is
  2. How close you are to the speakers
  3. How long you are on the dance floor
  4. Previous hearing damage

You may be at risk if you have a family history of hearing loss.



  • You hear ringing in your ears; you're sensitive to loud noises.

  • You have difficulty hearing others when there is background noise.

  • People sound like they're mumbling or talking too quickly;
    you have to ask them to repeat themselves.

  • You need to turn the volume up on the TV or radio higher than others.

  • You hear the telephone better through one ear than the other.

If you have any of these symptoms, get your hearing checked by a hearing health professional. To prevent more damage, wear earplugs!

Be aware
of your environment

Sound levels in dance clubs can be as high as 115 decibels,
which can cause damage within a few seconds.

Stay at least 10 feet away from the speakers — dancing in front of speakers is very risky.

Use ear plugs - cotton and rolled up tissue paper provide NO protection.

Ask that sound levels be turned down if too loud.

Don't talk on the dance floor—shouting into ears can damage hearing.

Alcohol and drugs lower your sense of pain and increase the risk of hearing damage. Being tired, dehydrated, or overheated also increase risk.

Drink plenty of water. Take 10-30 minute breaks where sound levels are lower.

If you dance a lot or work in a club, consider getting custom earplugs for music attenuation to protect your hearing without distorting sound.