Tinitus: Are concerts and headphones taking their toll
Kevin Courtney, The Irish Times | Email | July 6, 2016
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You know that ringing in your ear you get after a particularly loud rock concert? All those screaming guitar solos, high-pitched synths and amp feedback buzzing around in your head hours after the concert is over. And that’s just for the band. It’s even louder for the audience, who get the full brunt of the PA system (well, they’d better get the full brunt or you’re not doing your rock star job). The ringing will eventually die down and then it’s back to normal hearing. But what if the sound doesn’t go away, but just keeps on ringing endlessly in your ear, as though Jimi Hendrix was inside your head trying to break the world record for the longest sustained guitar note in rock history?