Musicians and Hearing Loss

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Recent studies have found that many musicians and other industry professionals are suffering from permanent hearing loss as a result of their prolonged exposer to louder than normal sound. This is the case not only for rock musicians as one would assume, but for classical musicians as well.

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Musicians and Hearing Loss

  1. 1. Musicians and Hearing Loss: How to Avoid It Recent studies have found that many musicians and other industry professionals are suffering from permanent hearing loss as a result of their prolonged exposer to louder than normal sound. This is the case not only for rock musicians as one would assume, but for classical musicians as well. Temporary Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Temporary hearing loss can occur when the ears are exposed to high intensity sound. Regardless of where the sound falls on the auditory spectrum, high or low, the sound waves can temporarily reduce an individual’s ability to hear. Prolonged and/or frequent exposure to the high intensity sound, coupled with daily sounds like helicopters, emergency sirens, and the like, can cause the recovery time from temporary loss to lengthen significantly. Along with temporary loss, a person may experience Tinnitus. Tinnitus is frequently described as a persistent buzzing, ringing, or hissing noise present in the absence of sound that will not go away. This symptom of hearing loss can vary in severity, and will dissipate as temporary hearing loss is restored. Over the course of years of exposure to these loud, high intensity sounds, permanent damage will occur. Any damage is far beyond repair by the time a person notices that their hearing is diminished, and quite often, the person will only think that people are mumbling and sounds will be perceived as muted. It is vital that when these symptoms are present, you do what you can to immediately prevent any further damage. Take care to limit your exposure to the high intensity sounds that can cause temporary hearing loss. When you are exposed and do experience hearing loss and tinnitus, remove yourself from the area for the duration of the recovery period. Again, remember, prolonged exposure will lead to permanent damage. If your job requires extended periods of time listening to high intensity sound, invest in protective gear. Ear plugs and other protective wear are very affordable and will significantly reduce the risk of even temporary hearing loss. Some of the products available will cancel out loud noises completely, while others will still allow sound through, but will mitigate the negative effects of the intense sound surrounding you.
  2. 2. Preventative Care Preventative care is the best way to ensure that your hearing will last through your life. If you are a working professional in the music industry find a doctor and get tested so that you have a baseline to measure against future hearing loss. Regular testing may also prove helpful if permanent damage due to your job occurs. These tests will allow you to document the damage and will provide much needed information in the event that a worker’s compensation claim needs to be filed. Many professionals in the music industry work there for the love of the music they help create. Loss of hearing for those of us who live for music is a devastating thought. Take the time to invest in the simple things that will protect your ears for years to come. If you or anyone you know has suffered permanent hearing loss, Caption Call specializes in hearing loss phones and equipment that will enable them to continue to communicate effectively.

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