Article summary. The music performed in some churches is of sufficient intensity and duration to cause permanent hearing loss in both musicians and members of the congregation. This article will review the effects of loud music, explore ways to reduce this hazard, and address a church's possible liability for ignoring the problem.
The music performed in some churches during worship services and special events can become loud and intense. When electric guitars and drums are involved, the noise can become deafening. Consider a few examples.
• Example. A church uses a small band during worship services consisting of electric guitars, drums, and five singers. Some church members complain that the music is too loud.
• Example. A church uses a small band during worship services. A church member brings an audiometer to a worship service and measures peaks of 105 decibels on the front row ...