Surprising Ways That Music Can Be Bad For You



What is it that could be more generous in pulling the soul together than a good music? Music is so strong but when it hits you, you feel no pains. A sinking spirit can be revived by a sweet music. This is one of the many things that gratifies our soul and gives it enough pleasure. Although it is hard to believe that something as soothing as music could also have lots of negative impacts on us too. However, just like every other thing else that have their own dark side; here are several ways by which music can be bad for you. 

It can cause hearing Loss
A growing population of people is engaging in a risky habit of listening to music. The use of portable musical devices like headphone is now a norm and our usual way of enjoying music. However, according to research, this practice does a lot of bad to our auditory health. 
According to a Canadian study that majorly focused on teens, it was found that one quarter of the 170 kids that took part in the survey were experiencing the symptoms of early-onset tinnitus, which is a chronic and unceasing ringing in the ears. This problem is not known to affect children but adults who have attained age 50 and above. Although the condition can be temporary, but when it is accompanied by sensitivity to loud noise, such as the cases reported by the kids in the study, could lead to nerve damage which may results in deafness in the future.  

Music brings back Negative Memories.
Our brain is a database that records series of events even those that have occur in the past. It is a good tool for storing and retrieving information. This information can either form a negative or a positive memory which affects us altogether in a particular way when we recall them. It has been shown that music has the ability to trigger powerful emotions, often in conjunction with a memory. The emotion can either be positive or negative depending on the type of memories the music has awoken. This actually supports that fact why we feel good or bad after listening to a particular song.  

Music can create anxiety
Though it is quite rare, but not everyone actually likes music. For those who love music, they may actually be interested in a particular genre while despising the others. Those who like a particular genre may react negatively when they hear music from other genres. So because of this phenomenon, medical practitioners are now inculcating music therapy into medicine as a way of treating and managing patients. 
In a clinical setting, music therapists are trained to be aware of responses that may indicate heightened anxiety in patients. For example, in dementia or Alzheimer patients, music can be a powerful elicitor of memories for them, but the wrong music can have a different effect, causing them anxiety and distress.

Music can negatively distracting an Individual from Working
Research has found that changing patterns of notes and phrases in music may negatively affect the ability to recall things in sequence, which altogether may come in between our learning and working process. In the research conducted by the University of Wales, researchers examined the ability of how people can recall information while being exposed to various sounds –so a lot of volunteers took part in the process. However, five different conditions were employed, which consisted of silence, music favored by the volunteers, music the volunteers did not like, a voice repeating random numbers, and a voice repeating the number three. 

In the result, the volunteers were found to have performed very poorly by listening to any of the music at all, whether they liked it or not. They were found to performe their best in silence, and fairly enough, while listening to the repeated number three. 


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