Thursday, August 20, 2015

Can playing in a band hurt hearing?

Yes, loud sound, even loud music, can harm hearing. Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sound is called noise induced hearing loss.  Using hearing protection can help preserve hearing.  If someone has played in the band for many years, it may already have had a negative impact on hearing. But that doesn’t mean hearing protection would not help, it can help prevent increased hearing loss when used properly.
There are many types of earplugs and muffs available.  Ear muffs can distort the quality of the music.  I recommend musician earplugs.  Custom fit musician’s earplugs are designed for musicians. They have filters which do not distort the sound maintaining the quality of music. See an audiologist to have ear impressions taken so that they fit comfortably.
Musicians’ monitors are also custom fit.  They provide clear hearing, eliminate feedback and lower noise levels so that one can reduce the volume on the monitor. 

See an audiologist to find the best solution best fit to your personal needs.
Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Fax: 440-205-9818

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