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Audiologists Help Musicians Manage Hearing Loss

While creating amazing music, many musicians don’t consider the consequences of being in close proximity to loud instruments. Musicians plugged into an amp can experience decibels (dB) of 110 or more. Even unamplified instruments, such as the saxophone or violin, can reach 90+ dB, which is quite loud to be near the musician’s unprotected ear.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, we have seen both casual musicians and career performers come in suffering from hearing loss. To help protect future musicians’ hearing, our doctors of audiology want to cover the real hearing loss risks musicians face and how we can help you avoid these potential dangers.

Hearing Loss Rates Among Musicians

Noise-induced hearing loss is a risk that everyone faces. However, research has shown that musicians are four times more likely to suffer from hearing loss as well as tinnitus. A few famous musicians you may know who have hearing loss are:

  • Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas
  • Neil Young
  • Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath
  • Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk

Ways Audiologists Assist Musicians

Musicians don’t have to suffer from any hearing loss if they take the correct precautions. There are several ways our doctors of audiology can help musicians care for their hearing.

  • Custom-made earplugs – Many musicians avoid using earplugs as they don’t want to be blocked from the melodies they are creating. Rather than using pre-made earplugs, our audiologists can work with you and create custom-made hearing protection. A mold of the musician’s ear canal will be made, that way the earplug will provide the greatest level of protection while still allowing the musician to hear how their music sounds.
  • Comprehensive hearing test – Regular, yearly hearing tests are generally recommended once an individual reaches their fifties. However, those who work in environments that constantly expose them to loud sounds, like musicians, should come in for comprehensive hearing tests. Our audiologists will perform a series of tests determine if any hearing loss has taken place. If any hearing loss is identified, it is best to catch it early, as it can be stopped from progressing.
  • Hearing aids – For musicians who are struggling with hearing loss and/or tinnitus, our hearing specialists can help them find the right hearing aids for their needs. Some hearing aids come with tinnitus support, allowing the musicians to enjoy boosted hearing while also managing their tinnitus with soothing sounds which they can control from their smartphones.

Whether you are a casual musician or a pursuing a career in music, it is important to protect your hearing. By working with the doctors of audiology at Hearing & Balance Doctors, you can ensure that your hearing stays in top condition. Contact us today so you can keep enjoying music to the fullest.

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