It might not be your top concern.
But if you’re headed to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to see a certain singer-songwriter on Thursday or Friday, the good news is that your hearing is safe.
As 70,000 fans prepare for his long-awaited Leeside gig, an analysis of the top 40 music chart has found that Ed Sheeran’s music is the kindest to your ears.
Cork hearing test specialists Hidden Hearing analysed the Irish top 40 chart with a calibrated CEM Sound Level Metre and found that Overpass Graffiti by Ed Sheeran is the kindest on your ears, recording at a 50.0 decibel level.
Bad Habits also ranked in the top 10 list of gentle tunes.
Other artists with songs for easy listening include Charlie Puth with Light Switch, A1 x J1 & Tion Wayne with Night Away, Luude with Down Under and Jack Harlow with Nail Tech all making the top five.
Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under is deemed to be the hardest on your ears, recording a decibel level of 62 during the chorus. George Ezra and Jax Jones also made the list of the loudest music.
Experts recommend listening to audio at a level of 60 decibels for no longer than 60 minutes at a time.