Musicians and the Risk of Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t limited to industrial workers who spend a lot of time in excessively loud environments.
Musicians, from industry professionals to those who like to jam with their hometown band on the weekends, are also at an increased risk for hearing damage and hearing loss. At’a0Soundwave Hearing Care, a hearing solutions clinic in Calgary, we have worked extensively with musicians who have experienced hearing loss, and we are committed to providing high-quality information for others who may be as risk.
How Does Sound-Induced Hearing Loss Occur?
Hearing loss can occur due to damage anywhere along the pathway from the ear itself to where sound is processed in the brain. Sound-induced hearing loss in particular is typically the result of the deterioration of delicate hearing cells inside the inner ear which, once irreparably damaged, do not grow back.
The amount of damage caused to the ear’s hearing cells is proportional to the decibel level of the sound and the length of time spent exposed to it. Because musicians are often listening to loud music for sustained periods of time with very few breaks in between, these hearing cells are quick to sustain damage and usually have little time to recover.
What Are Some Indications of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be difficult to detect at first, especially in younger musicians who don’t expect that it may happen to them. There are some solid indicators, however, that you should consider visiting an audiologist:
– Difficulty understanding speech and always having to ask people to repeat themselves.
– Difficulty understanding speech especially after exposure to loud sounds.
– A muffling of sounds after exposure to loud sounds.
– A buzzing or ringing sensation that persists long after exposure to loud sounds.
Can Hearing Loss Be Prevented?
Musicians who are worried that their passion for music may lead them to early and permanent hearing loss can rest assured that prevention is possible, as long as the right steps are taken early on.
All musicians need to be on the lookout for signs of hearing damage, and should see a professional audiologist if they are having problems. Even before any issues are noticeable, an audiologist can help musicians decide on the right types of noise reduction products for their needs.
Preventative measures such as custom ear plugs and in-ear monitors can protect your hearing and allow you to continue doing what you love.
Hearing Solutions for Musicians in Calgary
Whether you are interested in preventative products or you already suspect hearing damage and are looking for custom hearing solutions in Calgary, the audiologists at Soundwave Hearing Care are here to help.
At Soundwave Hearing Care we perform quick and accurate diagnostic hearings tests. Based on these tests we can provide recommendations for hearing loss prevention or hearing solutions. Calgary area musicians can rest assured that their hearing health is in professional and capable hands.
Schedule your hearing test with an experienced member of the Soundwave Hearing Care team today.
All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.