If you’re a musician, loud nights at venues like The Marquee are a regular part of life. Unfortunately, too many of these nights without proper protection leaves you at a higher risk of developing hearing loss.
A 2017 study examined 125 musicians with at least five years of professional experience and had them undergo audiometric examinations. Among the study’s findings were that:
- 2% had bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears)
- 51% reported a history of tinnitus after performing
- 28% reported ear pain during performing
- Less than 2% said they used hearing protection devices
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often gradual and progressive. Because of this, it’s important to keep an eye out for any early signs which include:
- Family or friends comment on your hearing
- You often have to ask people to repeat themselves
- You have trouble following conversations in groups, especially in places with background noise
- Telephone conversations are difficult to follow
If you’re a musician be aware of these additional signs as they also can indicate hearing loss:
- You have problems hearing the right note or playing in the proper key when you perform
- You experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- You notice that you have more trouble hearing out of one ear than the other
- Loud noises have started to cause discomfort
What to Do
There are several steps that you can take to prevent hearing loss or stop further damage.
- Wear earplugs or other hearing protection. You can find earplugs that are specifically designed for musicians. They can range in material from foam to soft plastic. They have the ability to protect your ears while still allowing you to hear music. Regular earplugs can also offer protection.
- Listen to music at a reasonable level. If you’re a musician, chances are you love listening to music just as much as you love playing it. Just remember to keep the volume at a reasonable level when you listen with headphones or earbuds.
- If you are worried about the damage that may have already happened, make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing test. This quick, painless exam can let you know right away if you have suffered hearing loss and to what extent.
- If you do have hearing loss your audiologist will likely recommend hearing aids. Not only can hearing aids help you better hear the music you love to play, but they can also help prevent your hearing loss from getting worse.
If you have any additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact Hearing Health Centers today.