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MUSIC AND THE HUMAN EAR

The human ear was not built for listening to loud music. Your ears cannot protect themselves from even relatively loud music. Dating back to Ludwig van Beethoven, musicians and hearing loss seem to go hand in hand. Today, the amplification of music makes musicians even more susceptible.
No matter how loud the music is turned up when you listen to it, the basic rule is that the longer you listen, the more you stress the muscles in the inner ear. Fatigue to the ear may result in a temporary threshold shift, limiting the amount of quiet sounds that you can hear. The more you subject your ears to fatigue, the more likely it is that you will be permanently hearing-impaired.

Despite being their most important piece of equipment, musicians have a tendency to neglect their ears and take for granted their ability to hear. Years of experience within the music industry has provided Hearing Healthcare with the knowledge to identify the specific needs of the individual and develop a range of products specifically for musicians, DJ's, engineers and clubbers.

Although there is no cure for music-induced hearing loss, it is 100% preventable. The use of modern In-Ear Monitors and Musician Ear Plugs is now becoming standard practice both for prevention of any hearing loss and for listening comfort.

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WORKING IN THE MUSIC WORLD

Many musicians suffer from hearing loss and/or Tinnitus. It can result from the booming drums or the blaring guitar amplifiers of a hard-rock group. But it can also result from the violin or the piccolo flute of a symphony orchestra. For a musician whose livelihood depends on rehearsing and playing music 4-8 hours a day, the danger of a hearing impairment can be present.
The sound pressure of a large concert orchestra may reach 112 decibels (dB). For amplified rock bands it can be as high as 130 dB, higher than what is accepted in industrial environments, and higher than the hearing pain threshold of 120 dB.
For those regularly subjected to this kind of noise - musicians, sound engineers, DJs etc. - the resulting problems can be devastating. Symptoms begin with losing the ability to hear high frequency sounds and tones. In many cases, this causes problems for musicians and singers who must be able to hear and play high notes equally as well as low one in order to play or sing along with fellow members. Often a musician who suffers from a loss of high frequency hearing will try to compensate by playing high-pitched notes louder, which leads to an artistically compromised performance.

 

 

 

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