Who Doesn't Like A Good Concert? But How Does It Affect Your Unborn Baby?
Are there any problems with attending a loud concert during pregnancy?
Family Physician Jane Forester, DO, answers:
The effects of sustained loud noise on an unborn baby are not known. It has been associated with miscarriages in animals, but no definite connection between humans, loud noises and miscarriages has been found. The studies also are inconclusive as to the effects of vibration on the baby, which often accompanies sustained loud noise.
What we do know: By the 20th week of pregnancy, your baby has developed the structures necessary to receive sound impulses. By about the 24th week, your baby can hear and will react to loud, sudden noises. So, if you have an occupation that forces you to be around loud noise or sustained vibration throughout your workday, request a temporary transfer to a quieter division until after your delivery.
Whether noise harms your hearing depends on its loudness, its pitch and the length of exposure. The loudness of sounds -- measured in decibels (dB) -- and the length of exposure are related. The louder the sound, the faster damage will occur. For example, eight hours of exposure to 85 dB industrial noise daily is considered relatively safe for most people. However, using power tools (100 dB), listening through a stereo headset (110 dB) or attending a rock concert (about 120 dB) may damage hearing after just a few exposures.
Editor's note: Want to know one thing that is definitely safe? Reading about rock music! Check out some celebrity interviews (including Slash of Velvet Revolver/Guns 'n' Roses talking about his baby son) right here.