A recent survey by charity Help Musicians UK has revealed some startling findings about hearing loss amongst musicians.
Researchers surveyed 692 musicians and discovered a clear connection between working in music and severe hearing loss. This link is especially concerning when you consider that noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable.
Here are some of the most important findings from the study regarding hearing loss:
- 41% of musicians surveyed said they had experienced hearing loss, while 19% said they weren’t sure.
- 78% of those who said they have experienced hearing loss pointed to their work as factor that had contributed to the loss.
- 62% of those with hearing issues said their hearing loss is permanent.
- 39% of respondents told Help Musicians UK they had not sought professional help for their hearing loss, as they believed it was an unavoidable consequence of working as a musician.
They study also made many interesting findings concerning hearing loss prevention:
- 81% said they believe musicians should use hearing protection, yet only 67% have done so in the past.
- 82% said they had tried standard ear plugs as at least once
- 50% of musicians surveyed reported being concerned about the level of noise they are exposed to.
- 83% said they felt that their employers should provide hearing protection.
The good news is that hearing loss from prolonged exposure to loud music is entirely avoidable. Survey respondents reported that they found customised earplugs and/or custom-moulded in-ear monitors to be the most effective form of hearing protection. These solutions are readily available from hearing clinics everywhere.
Source: Help Musicians UK