Playing a musical instrument of any description is not an easy thing to do. If you’re lucky enough to have musical talents, you may be keen to practise and show off your repertoire as much as possible. Playing music may seem like a very sophisticated and safe hobby, but there can be a risk of injuries. It is particularly important to bear your hearing in mind and be wary of the risks of playing a musical instrument too loudly.
The dangers of playing a musical instrument too loudly
Many of us take our hearing for granted. We blast out the tunes when we’re listening to music through our earphones and we don’t think twice about standing close to a speaker at gigs and festivals. If you play a musical instrument or you listen to music on a regular basis, it’s important to realise the potential impact of playing a musical instrument too loudly or switching up the volume to maximum. Exposure to loud noises can cause permanent damage to the ears, resulting in hearing loss and symptoms, such as ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus).
Safety tips for musicians
If you play in a band, you busk on a regular basis or you perform in concerts, protect your ears at all times. If you’re used to blasting out chords on your guitar or banging a drum over and over again, this is going to take its toll on your hearing. Wear ear defenders, and avoid listening to music loudly, especially when you’re using earphones, rather than listening to the radio or a CD at home.
Playing a musical instrument doesn’t just play havoc with your hearing. It can also contribute to other health problems. If you play the violin, for example, you may find that you suffer from aches and pains in your neck. If you play the piano, you may develop symptoms of repetitive strain injury. Try and have periods of rest between practice sessions and performances and see a doctor if symptoms persist.
If you’re a musician and you’ve been injured at work or you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation after an accident at a concert hall or gig venue, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. We can help.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice