If you are a musician, you should know that recent research shows that musicians top the charts when it comes to hearing loss. In fact, an analysis of the insurance records of seven million people shows that professional musicians are nearly four times more likely to suffer noise-induced deafness. Moreover, the study indicated that musicians were also about 57 percent more likely to suffer from “tinnitus,” which is ringing in the ears associated with hearing loss. A symphony orchestra can hit 120-137 decibels, and a rock concert can top 150 decibels. Over time, loud music takes its toll.
Musicians of all genres, from heavy metal to classical, suffer from various durations of high intensity sound exposure. Because there are no regulations in the music industry on hearing conservation, it’s important to educate yourself on music induced hearing loss and protect your most valuable asset as a musician … your ears! Please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC to book an assessment and consultation. Our wheelchair accessible and spacious new office features state of the art technology in a patient-centered environment.
P.S. Loud, long, or repeated exposures to sounds at or above 85 decibels can damage microscopic sensory cells known as “stereocilla” or “hair cells.” They do not grow back, which is why their loss results in permanent hearing loss.