You know the feeling I'm talking about: it's like your hearing the world underwater. Everything is all muted and dull and you promise yourself that you'll never, ever go to another show without hearing protection. But then three days later, your hearing is back to normal (or so it seems) and you do it all over again.
Turns out that this sort of hearing loss is actually a good thing. It's a way for your ears to protect themselves after being exposed to some kind of sonic shock.
The Mail Online reports on some new research from Australia:
Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia believe that short-term hearing loss after being exposed to loud noise may be the body's way of coping.
However, they warn that this defence mechanism cannot help against a sustained high frequency assault on the ears - such as that caused by listening to loud music through headphones.