Many of us have had those moments leaving shows where they were “so epic, your ears were ringing” – and that’s not a good thing. That noise is actually called tinnitus, a scientific word for the ringing in your ears you get after experiencing such high levels of noise.

Hearing loss is a massive problem for our generation, especially for the individuals who are not-so-educated about the need for protection, but various groups are trying to make that clear. An audiologist named Dr. Tricia Scaglione attended Ultra Music Festival this year with a handful of volunteers to push this education.

The truth: volume levels at festivals including Ultra typically exist above 100 decibels, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), can cause damage after more than 15 minutes of exposure. WHO even recommends that you should not experience 85 decibels for more than eight hours a day. Ultra lasted for three days, which means more than 30 hours of exposure.

The simplest takeaway here: invest in a pair of earplugs and wear then at any shows or festivals you attend. They won’t affect your experience or the sound of the show. We promise, your ears will thank you.