With the correct Hearing Protection, the Pleasure of Music can be enjoyed for longer and louder.
Music is one of the strongest external stimulants that engages us from our our peripherally situated ears all the way up to numerous lower and higher sections of our brains.
Once engaged the ‘hearing part’ of the brain first recognises we’re hearing sound which is music. Then it identifies the music, if its had experience of it. If not, it’s a new experience and the pleasure centres of the brain decide whether it’s something pleasant or not building relationships between the awareness of music and the emotion that it creates.
If the brain recognises the song then the ‘deeper emotional brain’ can go into overdrive recalling memories that were formed from the past. These can be happy or sad or a million others in between.
But what if hearing was affected so music couldn’t be enjoyed. Those relationships would be affected and our lives far less enjoyable.
A 2015 World Health Organization study declared that over a billion young people are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss from listening to music! Smart phones with music and louder concert and festival PA’s are to blame.
We listen for longer in places where there’s noise so we have the volume turned up to block out noise so that we can hear what we want. And we run the risk of damaging hearing.
John Miles wrote a song called Music he sung
“Music was my first love
And it will be my last
Music of the future
And music of the past”
“To live without my music
Would be impossible to do
In this world of troubles
My music pulls me through”
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