The study found that more than 60% of all orchestral musicians ages 27-66 had hearing loss
(PRWEB UK) 10 May 2013
Musicians are at a greater risk of developing hearing problems, with new research revealing it could cause a progressive loss in musicians of all ages, according to an Audiological Study led by Dr Sargunam Sivaraj in New Zealand.
He measured music exposure and studied the progression of hearing loss in orchestral musicians, for periods as long as 20 years. The study found that more than 60% of all orchestral musicians ages 27-66 had hearing loss as well as 22% of those ages 18-38 and 16% of all child musicians ages 8-12.
The study shows increased years of music exposure cause progressive hearing loss in significant numbers of individual musicians with 60% of adult orchestral musicians damaging their hearing.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“The ability to hear well is especially important to musicians and the research highlights how damaging noise exposure can be and why it’s important to monitor your hearing ability regularly with a hearing test.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.