Hearing and Health Information
Good health and healthy behaviors are important to all musicians, regardless of instrument or area of specialization. The following links contain information concerning physical as well as vocal health issues you need to be aware of as a practicing musician.
Protecting your hearing is especially important as a musician. The following link contains information about the importance of preventing hearing-loss.
About 17 percent of adults in the United States, 36 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
- Hearing loss is a major health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.
- In adults, the most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging.
- Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly overtime or suddenly. Being exposed to everyday sound, such as listening to very loud music can lead to hearing loss over many years.
- Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss in our society and it’s completely preventable.
- Tiny hair cells in the ear are damaged when assaulted by loud noise. Once those hair cells are destroyed they cannot be replaced.
- Repeated and lengthy exposure to loud sound—whether it is music or a jackhammer—will eventually produce hearing loss.
- You have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing nearby
- The noise hurts your ears
- You develop a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears, even temporarily (This indicates that some hair cells have died.)
- Block the noise (wear earplugs or earmuffs)
- Avoid the noise
- Turn down the volume