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What a glorious time, COVID in America is finally seeming to come to an end. Shows, tours, and festival announcements are pouring in, almost overwhelmingly. More and more people are getting vaccinated. Life is good. But among all the excitement about the return of normalcy, there is one thing that everybody should be aware of: PROTECTING. YOUR. EARS. Festivals and shows are loud. Like, extremely loud. Throughout my festival-attending career, I’ve noticed a striking amount of people who have little to no regard for the health of their ears. So, let’s talk about ear protection!

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Let me paint a picture. You and your friends are at Lost Lands. The night has fallen and you are at the main stage waiting for Excision, the Dubstep Don himself, to close out the night. He comes on and performs a 2-hour set. The vibes are immaculate. You headbang in unison with the rest of the crowd as the bass echoes in your chest. The set ends, so you and your crew head back to camp, ears ringing from the 1,000,000 watts of bass you just encountered. The next morning your ears have recovered and the ringing has stopped. Sounds okay, right? Wrong.

Damage to your inner ear cells cannot be undone.

Although it may not have been noticeable at the time. Repeated attendance at extremely loud shows does irreversible damage to the sensitive hairs in your inner ear that perceive sound. Continuing to attend shows without proper hearing protection will cost you later in life. There will eventually come a time when you leave a show and that ringing in your ears (aka tinnitus) does not stop, ever. And let’s face it, no one wants that to happen. We as music fans must use ear protection!

How can you protect your ears from tinnitus?

Earplugs are the best way to protect your hearing and prevent noise-induced hearing loss! I can personally attest that they do not impede your ability to hear the music. You will hear everything clearly, it will just enter your ears at a more manageable level.

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Eargasm earplugs are a great, inexpensive option!

You can buy disposable foam earplugs online or in most general stores. Additionally, you can buy high-fidelity reusable earplugs online from Eargasm, Earasers, and many more companies. Excision himself even provides a free pair with a Lost Lands ticket package – so if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to Jeff! You can buy Excision’s own branded earplugs here!

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