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Friday, February 1, 2013
HEARING LOSS AND MUSICIANS
While loud noise can cause the collection of inaccurate data in experimentation, it can also lead to hearing loss in musicians. Even child musicians, aged eight to twelve, show signs of it, while most adult musicians suffer from it to some degree.
The relationship between hearing loss and musicians is due to their constant exposure to loud noise. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85dB, the range of many musical instruments, can cause gradual hearing loss. Moreover, modern music genres, such as rock and hip hop, have a tendency to increase the decibel level until it crosses the ear's pain threshold.
To prevent or reduce loss of hearing, musicians are advised to keep their exposure to loud sounds to a minimum and wear soundproof earmuffs or noise cancelling headphones, when possible. Like Herzan's acoustic enclosures and vibration cancellation technology, they both use the same principles to reduce the amount of noise to a tolerable level. Sound absorbing or deflecting materials muffle noise while the transmission of a noise cancelling signal eliminates sound or vibrations over a broad spectrum.