You hear the crescendo of a large steel orchestra playing for Panorama finals, an explosive airhorn in a fete, the boom of loudspeakers at a party, a ‘big truck’ blasting loud music...are you protecting your ears? Activities during Carnival season can get loud, excessively loud. Exposure to harmful levels of noise is known to cause disrupted sleep, increased blood pressure, high levels of stress and hearing loss. Yes, hearing loss! How can loud sound damage my hearing?