Summertime means outdoor festivals and concerts. Loud music damages hearing and the effects of loud music are cumulative and insidious meaning you just don't realize how badly you’re damaging your hearing while enjoying that Jimmy Buffet concert. Excessive your hearing while enjoying that Jimmy Buffet concert. Excessive noise actually damages the hair cells located in your inner ear that are used to transmit sounds to your auditory nerve which then sends signals to your brain that interprets the sounds. Excessive and prolonged noise causes other problems besides hearing loss. The damage can activate pain fibers in your inner ear, cause tinnitus, give you a feeling of fullness in your ear and also create difficulty separating background noise during conversations. Normal conversation is 60 dB and a rock concert is about 120 dB. Sounds above 85 dB are harmful with long and frequent exposure. There’s no way to fix noise-induced hearing problems but they can be prevented. So if you have to raise your voice to speak to the parrot head sitting next to you at that concert, then you should be wearing hearing protection (earplugs).