Loud concert effect

Hi. I am 9 weeks post pm insertion. I went to my 1st concert since getting pm and I had a ticket in the pit. The 1st act was extremely loud and I think my pm was sensing according to the music beat..it was very strange and not a good feeling. Fortunately the main band and back were not loud and were enjoyable. I am wondering if others experienced what seemed like  a pm sensing to the music. As I mentioned the 1st act only was the outlier rest of evening was great! 


Been there felt that

by Lavender - 2022-07-17 23:52:12

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I went to one concert since I got my CRT-P. As soon as the band started, as I was sitting up front, I felt odd. It was a queasy sort of feeling and I felt a bit sick. I moved farther back from the stage and was fine. It was an outdoor concert. 

Perhaps you developed an arrhythmia too?

by Gemita - 2022-07-18 04:13:31

Hello Skigirl and Lavender, oh yes I can relate to your experiences but in my case it wasn’t my pacemaker being affected but my heart.

Hubby at 80 years of age announced one hot August day a few years ago that we should visit once in our lifetime the annual London Nottinghill Festival that attracts around one million people and celebrates Caribbean and Black cultures.   It is the largest street festival in Europe where you can see some 50,000 performers, listen to more than 30 different sound systems, watch elaborate floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets.  The carnival has an explosive auditory impact due to the steel bands, calypso floats and sound systems.  The music is so loud, participants can actually “feel the beat”.

In my case unfortunately the beat I was feeling was an irregular, rapid heart beat called atrial fibrillation.  My episode of this arrhythmia lasted for hours and I became very unstable during this time and had to move away from the loud bands, nearly losing my husband in the process who was busy dancing with the beautiful feathered girls.  The next day my pacemaker clinic rang and asked what had happened, what symptoms had I experienced since my pacemaker had recorded 18 episodes of supraventricular tachycardia, three episodes of non sustained ventricular tachycardia and a long episode of atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response rate all within a few hours.  No more loud vibratory music festivals for me, but what an eventful day


by Tracey_E - 2022-07-18 13:58:11

I've felt it a few times at concerts also. It's disorienting but my doctor wasn't concerned. 

Too loud

by AgentX86 - 2022-07-18 19:00:51

I'm way too old to lose my hearing now.  It's getting bad enough without any help. 😉 The last concert (Weather Report) I went to (IIRC) was about 30 years ago.  It was so loud that I had to leave the venue and listen outside in the hall.  Good tickets, useless. I just couldn't stand the pain.

I wonder if the bass is activating rate response? That might explain the symptoms.

Without a doubt

by Persephone - 2022-07-18 19:51:51

Bass amplified way too much was my experience - I wasn't even attending this particular concert, it just happened to be going on outside in the vacation area I was in at the time, and I was passing by.

To address the "lose my hearing" issue - hopefully all concert-goers are equipped with ear protection these days, before they go. If one finds they don't need it after arriving, that's fine - better safe, just like one would wear eye protection as necessary to protect their eyes for whatever it was they had to do.

Ear protection

by AgentX86 - 2022-07-19 10:38:49

I always thouth that wearing hearing protection at a concert ammusing.  You go to a concert to hear the "real thing", then block your ears so the fidelity is worse than a CD. I understand that often they're too loud for one's health but I just find it ammusing.

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