Concerts are really, really, REALLY loud!
That seems like an obvious statement, but many people find it amazing how loud they actually are, especially if you happen to have seats near the two story wall of speakers at the ends of each side of the stage (not to mention that thousands and thousands of people around you are screaming their heads off).
That dull soupy sound by the third song in, ringing in your ears, temporary hearing loss, and even dizziness are not really things you should associate with concerts. Music, dancing, and fun – now that sounds about right.
What I am getting at is that you need to be aggressive about your ear health if you are planning to go out and enjoy live shows. I am talking ear protection: earplugs and protective ear muffs.
I know what you’re thinking – but won’t I look silly wearing earplugs, or worse, ear muffs? Won’t it take away from the concert? No, actually having you ears deadened by the initial wall of sound is what takes away from the concert, and who cares what people think?
Ear plugs do not have to be dorky. The Guys would not go on stage without them, and they will make it possible to enjoy many Jonas Brothers concerts (and more) for many years to come.
Some recommendations for ear protection, for the whole family, after the jump! (I know, it sounds boring, but follow me anyway, please!)
These are the plugs that Mememoi and I wore at our last JB concert and they made a HUGE difference. We were able to hear the show fully and the sound of the crowd behind us was minimized. The music, and in particular the voices were crystal clear. These come in assorted colors and are reusable. Get a pair for $10.95, or a set of 3 for $29.99. They also come with a nifty little holder that attaches to your bag or belt loop! ER-20 Hi-Fidelity Ety-Plugs or for $6.95 @ amazon.com.
When you are a grown up you can do what you like with your ears, but it is imperative that you protect a child’s ears. Mememoi got these for Little Big Fan when we went to our LMITE show. They are like noise canceling headphones (without the powered anti-noise). She was still a bit freaked out by all of the screaming even with these on. They are about $19 a pair. AOSafety Select Junior Ear Muffs or at amazon.com.
Want to make a real statement? Go glam with these awesome bedazzled earplugs from Fluffbabes of Sweden. The plug is similar to the ER-20s, but they are made into jewelry to keep your style high and the decibels lower. High style does come at a higher cost, since these will be coming to you from Europe, they sell for about $60 US. Eeek, I know. Stars on 45 – Earplugs.
Ok…now I just need to find some good dancing shoes…