Sound levels often cross 100 dB at clubs, concerts, and often even at private parties. Studies show that ears are temporarily deafened due to such loud music even when exposed to short periods of time. This leads to the music being played even louder after an hour, which in turn further damages the ears.
To counteract irreversible deterioration of hearing and tinnitus, the ears should be protected from continuous sound volumes of over 85 dB even in private. However, the joy of music should not be sacrificed and therefore appropriate ear plugs should be used.