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You Need to Know About Music and Ringing Ear

Loud noises can pose a serious problem to your hearing health. There are a range of problems you can experience. Some of the most common include hearing loss and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Listening to loud music frequently will damage the nerve fibers in your inner ear. This damage can become permanent if you keep it up. Then, your inner ear will start sending false signals to the brain which is when you’ll start experiencing symptoms of tinnitus.

People who experience ringing in the ear can do so because they visit clubs frequently. The loud music at concerts, particularly bass, can also cause problems. You may also get tinnitus if you use headphones to listen to music too loudly. If you do use headphones to listen to music, they should be the ear bud variety. Listening to music with headphones that go over the ears will cause you to turn the volume up even louder to hear it. This is due to the fact that it needs to cancel out any background noise you’re around.

There are also special noise-canceling headphones that you can wear. They generate signals that help cancel out noise before they reach your ears. However, even while wearing these headphones, you still shouldn’t listen to the music too loudly. If you frequently go to concerts, you should seriously consider wearing ear plugs. You may experience temporary ringing in your ears just after you leave the concert. This may go away overnight or after a few days. However, the damage can become permanent over time and you’ll experience real problems.

There are also musician’s earplugs that you can use. They’re very expensive, so you should only invest in them if you’re actually a musician. They help decrease outside sounds while still producing the tones that are vital to music. If you’ve already damaged your ears and experience frequent tinnitus, there are a few things you can try. Firstly, you should avoid all loud noises. You’ll also need to limit your stress and eat healthy foods. These methods seem to help people with the condition.

Listening to music too loudly will cause you plenty of problems in the future. It’s best that you wear headphones turned down to an appropriate level. If you frequently go to concerts, then you definitely need to wear ear plugs. Ear plugs are also useful to wear in the club, but this is typically not done for fashion reasons.

Amazing Facts About Music

The Invention of the Record

The very first record was created way back in 1857 by a French scientist called Leon Scott. He was able to record sound onto paper which had been blackened with black candle wax. This amazing invention was known as a “phonoautograph”.

Twenty years later Thomas Edison created the phonograph when he recorded sound onto wax cylinders. Then in 1887, ten years later, Emil Berliner adapted Edison’s idea to put sound on to a flat wax disc and the LP was born.

The UK Singles Chart

The UK singles chart began in 1952, the first number one was Here In My Heart by Al Martino and it remained at number one for nine weeks. The New Musical Express (better known now as NME) is a popular UK music magazine, published weekly since March 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music magazine.

The Music Cassette

The cassette tape was original used for recording dictations in offices however in 1964 it was started to be used to bring music to the public. Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music alongside the LP. The compact disk was released in 1983 and by the early 1990’s sales of CDs had overtaken that of cassettes.

UK Number Ones

The song ‘Spirit In The Sky’ has been number one in the UK on three occasions by three different artists. Norman Greenbaun, who wrote the song, released the original in 1970, followed by Doctor and the Medics version in 1986. Gareth Gates reached the number one spot with it in 2003.

Frankie Laine’s ‘I Believe’, went to number one on three separate occasions and for 18 weeks in total during 1953.

The Jackie Wilson song ‘Reet Petite’ was originally released in 1957 but did not reach number one in the UK charts until 1986. 29 years and 42 days after the original release.

The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friend’ also reached number one in the UK three times, although not by the Beatles themselves. Firstly for Joe Cocker in 1968, then by Wet Wet Wet in 1988. Finally hitting the top spot again for Sam and Mark in 2004.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen has reached the number one spot in the UK in four different years. Originally released in 1975, it reached the top spot in November and was still there in early 1976. After lead singer, Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, the song was re-released, hitting number one in December of that year and holding on until late January of 1992.

Most Singles in the Top 75

The cast of ‘Glee’ have been making headlines ever since the show launched in May 2009. They hold the record for most Top 75 singles in a year, after hitting 45 last summer. But Michael Jackson managed 27 in one week (21 solo, five with the Jackson 5 and one with sister Janet), following his death in June 2009.

The Youngest and Oldest Chart Toppers

Jimmy Osmond became the youngest UK chart topper in 1972 with ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ at just 9 years old. Louis Armstrong is the oldest solo artist reaching number one at 67 years old with ‘What A Wonderful World’. Tom Jones reached number one in 2009 when a Comic Relief cover of ‘Islands In The Stream’ hit number one, he was 68 years old.

Things I Love About Music

This is just an article about why love music, and what I feel music does for me. I particularly like playing music, whether it is on my piano or my guitar, I just love to make music.

1) The Way the instrument feels. When I pick it up or sit at it, I love that it is silent, and only when I press or strum, does that beautiful creation begin to purr. Playing an instrument is one of the best things that anybody can ever learn to do, and holding the instrument is the first part of learning, so it will always be the most special.

2) The music I play. When you look at the wide range of music that is on offer today, and you can see all the musical influences and the range of different styles and genres it is impossible to find something that you won’t love. I like to play a bit of everything. On my Roland Piano, I like to play classical, jazz and sometimes rock. On my Electric Guitar, I like to play metal and I sometimes even play my banjo when I want to put a twist on a song.

3) Roland Pianos. ‘Nuff Sed

4) They way instruments smell. My Roland piano absolutely stinks of wood and passion! I bought it new and have since taken excellent car of it, with nary a scratch or smudge on it at all.

5) Music reminds you of people. When I sit at my piano and play, I am sometimes overcome with images and thoughts of people close to me and those that I have met previously and it reminds me of good times I have had in the past, this is one of the main reasons I play my instruments so often.

6) Music is a universal language. I have been abroad and listened to different types of music from people whose language I cannot understand. I have no idea what they are saying, but somehow their music stills speaks to me and I feel as if somehow and on some level I have connected with them.

7) Music can be used as an ice breaker. In my younger years, when I went with my friends, we went to rock and roll bars and tried to chat up the ladies. We then discovered we were hopeless at this. Using the music as a way to bridge the gap between us made communicating so much easier and in some cases redundant, as we would just enjoy the music together and not worry about talking.

8) Playing my Roland piano. When I am feeling down or bored or just fancy a quick play, I pull out my sheet music, sit to the piano and just go with it. When I play I just feel separate from everything else that I happening around me. I just love to play my music and whenever we have people in the house, I like to get them round the piano and just have a jam. It’s one of the staples of my life.

9) Snacking for the soul. When I play my Roland piano, I feel somehow fuller and richer for the experience. I can’t guarantee the same effects for anyone else, but I certainly feel inspired and nourished.

10) UNITY. The most important thing is unity. When I play people tap their feet. Music unites people both consciously and subconsciously. When we listen to or play music, we are together.

I hope this has been of some use or benefit to you. I love music and I hope you all do to, if I have helped you in understand some of the reasons as to why many others have found a bond with music then that is gratification enough.