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 him preserve his hearing. If he has played in the band for many years, it may already have had a negative impact on his 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. Custom fit musician’s earplugs were designed for musicians. They have filters which do not distort the sound allowing maintaining the quality of music.
Musicians’ monitors can be custom fit to provide clear hearing, eliminate feedback and lower noise levels so that one can reduce the volume on the monitor. Your audiologist can help find the best solution for your husband.
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Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.