Is There a Historical Equivalent?
The biggest Roman amphitheater could seat 300,000. In contrast, Rod Stewart of all people managed to get over 3,000,000 people to a concert in the nineties.
Just consider the logistics of that for a moment. Three million people is almost 10% of the entire population of Canada; all at one concert for one guy. That’s a lot of people. There’s transportation, waste management, refreshments, and safety realities to consider. Then of course there’s the issue of reaching the attendees with the sound of your music.
When there are three million people in one area, that’s going to require loudspeakers. Speakers so loud if you’re in their immediate forward-facing vicinity, you could sustain serious hearing damage. The thing is, it’s not just your ears that could potentially be damaged. Loud sound vibrates organic bodies even at the cellular level.
If you’ve been at one of these mega concerts, or even a smaller affair that’s just loud, you may find after the event you need some time to recuperate. Here are a few tips to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
- Rest Your Voice
If you really got into the show, you probably screamed your voice hoarse and it sounds like you’re gargling a herd of toads down there. Don’t keep pushing it. If you keep pushing it, you force your body to devote itself toward repair where it wouldn’t normally have to. This can make your immune system weaker, opening you up to illness.
Many festival attendees have come down with a throat cold from screaming at the concert, and found it develops into walking pneumonia over time because that festival enthusiast wasn’t savvy enough to take time off and recover. Rest your voice. Get the frog out before you start whooping and hollering again.
- If Impact is Large Enough, Have Your Ears Checked Out
It’s just possible you’ll need to find some sort of professional in hearing and tinnitus care; especially if you were at an extremely loud event. Should you find tinnitus or other ear issues persist more than several days, schedule an appointment with an audiological professional.
- Eat Healthy, Sleep Well, Take Time Off, Be Peaceful
Eat a big bowl of Pho or other soup. Sleep for twelve hours. Drink lots of fluids. Get
away from loud noises and social obligations that stress you. If you jumped around a lot, you may have burned twice the calories you ingested prior to the concert. Your body must recover.
Getting Back Into Shape For the Next Event
Concerts are fun, but they can really take it out of you if you push it too hard. If you’re recovering, take it easy. Rest your voice. Be peaceful. Drink plenty of fluids. Sleep. Lastly, if hearing issues linger more than a few days, be sure to see a professional.