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Essential Hearing Health for Musicians

Let me get this straight. If I like my music, it is less damaging to my hearing? No. It’s the other way around. Liking the music will not decrease the potential damage. It’s an issue of disliking or hating it that makes music potentially more damaging. We’re not sure exactly why that happens, but there

Music Fact Sheets – Guitar and Rock

Guitar and Rock/Blues Vocalists Guitar players and Rock/Blues vocalists share a similar part of the stage and therefore are both exposed to loud music.  They can use similar strategies to reduce the risk of hearing damage: Ear monitors are small in-the-ear devices that look like hearing aids connected to small wire cables which can be

Music Fact Sheets – Brass/Drummers

Bass Players and Drummers Even though it may be surprising to group bass players and drummers together, the types of noise exposure can be similar due to location within the band. In some cases, the environmental strategies to minimize the potential from hearing loss, are also similar. Humming just prior to, and through a loud

Music Fact Sheet – Woodwinds & Bagpipes

Woodwinds and Large Stringed Instruments Woodwinds such as clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, and the flute are found in all symphonies and smaller groups. As well as the larger stringed instruments such as cello, string bass, and the harp. These instruments generate similar sound levels (albeit at different frequencies), and are subject to similar music exposure

Music Fact Sheets- Violins & Violas

Violins and Violas Violins and violas can generate sufficiently loud levels of music that potentially can cause permanent hearing loss. This is typically worse in the left ear as it is nearer the instrument. In many cases, the violin or viola player is surrounded by many like instruments causing the sound in the section to

Musicians Hearing Protection

What earplugs do you suggest for musicians? There are three major types of earplugs for musicians – the ER-15, the ER-25, and vented/tuned earplugs. The ER-25 is generally only recommended for drummers. The  ER-15 is the ear plug of choice for most other rock and blues instruments, as well as most classical instruments. The vented/

Will Listening to Music Damage My Ears?

Can I do anything with my loudspeakers to hear better and to protect myself from further hearing loss? Loudspeakers do not send all sounds out equally. Typically the low pitched bass notes emanate from all parts of the loudspeaker and are equally loud from the back, front, top and sides. However, the higher pitched notes

Preserve your hearing

Going to concerts

I went to a concert last night and my ears are still ringing. Will this stop? The ringing is called tinnitus and refers to any noises that are heard in the head, that don’t come from the outside. Tinnitus comes in two flavors—objective and subjective. Objective tinnitus is tinnitus that can be heard by other

Do you like the music you play?

Rock, Classical, Heavy Metal, Grunge are all music types. What are the differences between classical music and rock musicians besides the obvious? Any musician can be exposed to sound that will potentially damage their hearing, especially when they are exposed day in and day out for many hours. Research has shown that if you dislike the

Love music but what does it do to our ears?

Hearing loss is often associated with aging but there is a clear link between listening to and producing music that we will be focusing on during the month of September. Music is wonderful and we all love listening to it and appreciate the skill that goes into producing it for our listening pleasure. However it


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