On this day – the 12th of January – in 1969, Led Zeppelin released the first album of what would become one of the most legendary heavy rock careers since the birth of the genre in the 1960’s. Yet, whilst mainstream listeners were hit with the full-force distortion of ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘Communication Breakdown’ through their record players, the concert-goer was hit with the ear-piercingly loud reality of the rock group’s live performances on their North American tour.
Soon enough, the band became known for live shows at which their heavier tracks would often reach the 130-decibel range – equivalent to that of a military jet taking off. How long can you listen to this without incurring hearing damage? 0 minutes.
Whilst modern concert set-ups have responded to the research binding hearing loss and live concerts, the average pop concert still remains in the decibel range of 103, somewhat paling in comparison to the supergroup’s heyday. Yet, with the listener still only recommended to spend 7.5 minutes in this 100-decibel environment should they want to avoid hearing damage, it is clear that precautions must still be taken.
That is why it is imperative for any concert-goer – young or old, regular or rare – to use adequate hearing protection, namely earplugs. Advanced technologies provide the consumer with a product capable of preventing hearing loss yet not at the risk of reducing the musical experience. As such, the decision to protect the longevity of your hearing is yours.