Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
For many music students and teachers – as well as fans – June, July, and August can be the most sound-saturated months of the entire year. From concert festivals to formal summer music programs to jamming with friends or even listening to portable devices while enjoying the great outdoors, summer can mean increased exposure to unsafe sound levels.
Therefore, Etymotic Research has chosen this moment to highlight the critical importance of hearing protection, and in particular, its Adopt-a-Band program. Adopt-a-Band promotes awareness among young musicians, music educators and parents about the importance of protecting hearing. The program is easy to join. Included are ETY•Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs, educational tools for music students and educators, and ongoing support of member groups through discounts and other program benefits. To date, there are more than 350 groups in the program, which means ETY•Plugs have protected thousands of young ears.
Etymotic’s campaign isn’t just about people who go to loud concerts, play in the neighborhood garage band, and crank up the sound on their mobile devices. Sound exposure can also reach dangerous levels at band camp, especially when factoring in the time students and instructors are exposed. Rehearsals are often indoors, and can go on for hours a day, every day, over the length of the program. That means considerably more time exposed to sound than a student would experience in school, and over a shorter period of time.
And think about programs such as drum corps—where most of the rehearsals and performances are outdoors. These groups can include over 100 members and play music that’s loud enough to fill a football stadium. In fact, a large drum corps or marching band can generate over 120 dB of sound—which is a safe listening level for about seven seconds.
“Even if kids are outside, one’s own instrument can still be loud enough to cause damage,” adds Charlene Clements, coordinator of Etymotic’s Adopt-a-Band program. “If they wear earplugs, kids won’t be as fatigued, and when worn properly, the earplugs can actually improve the sound they’re hearing. Plus, wearing earplugs over the summer helps develop healthy hearing habits for the rest of the year.”
As summer approaches, and for more on the Adopt-a-Band program, go to etymotic.com.
Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity personal audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess, enhance and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation.
For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit etymotic.com.