Musicians are exposed to consistent loud noises as part of their hobby or work. Hearing loss developed from exposure to loud noises is common, impacting 18% of adults aged 18-69 after five years of exposure to loud noises at work.
Because of this, musicians are more likely than the rest of the population to experience noise-induced hearing loss. It’s helpful to understand how hearing damage can occur and how to prevent it. So, next time you catch a show at Victory Theater, be sure to bring your hearing protection.
How Can Hearing Loss Occur?
Exposure to loud noises over time can damage your hearing in a few ways.
Hearing loss can occur through:
- Your eardrums can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss.
- Your inner ear hair cells can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss.
- Medication, health issues, smoking and trauma can impact other parts of the ear, resulting in hearing damage.
Musicians are also likely to experience tinnitus, or the perception of ringing or buzzing in one or both ears, as part of their hearing loss. Hearing loss is irreversible once it occurs, so protecting your hearing is essential.
How Can I Protect My Hearing?
Several tools and practices are available to protect your hearing. Your hearing specialist can help you determine which option might be best for you.
Hearing protection options:
- In-ear monitors: These devices allow musicians to listen to the music mix directly in their ears, providing sound isolation. Universally fitting monitors or custom-fit options tailored to individual needs are available with guidance from a hearing specialist.
- Musician’s earplugs: Specifically designed for musicians, these earplugs maintain the clarity of voice and music while providing essential protection.
- Regular hearing check-ups: Annual check-ups enable monitoring for any sudden changes in hearing and prompt intervention if needed.
- Foam earplugs for concertgoers: An affordable option offering minimum protection for those attending concerts.
Whether you’re a musician or a music enthusiast, taking proactive steps to protect your hearing health will allow you to enjoy your hobby or work for even longer. To schedule a hearing test or learn more about how to protect your hearing, contact Hearing Healthcare Center.