What to do to prevent a hearing loss? Here are some strategies :
- Wearing musicians’ plugs allows you to decrease the loudness you are exposed to and therefore allows you to be exposed over a longer period.
- Use in-ear monitors instead of the wedge speakers to reduce the intensity of the sound you are exposed to.
- Using the dB Check tool lets you know the exact intensity you are exposed to when wearing your In Ear monitors and it even tells you the recommended exposure time according to NIOSH and OSHA.
- Take breaks during your solo and/or group practice !! This gives your ears a break and reduces the risk of ear fatigue that can lead to hearing loss and / or the onset of tinnitus.
- Avoid any noisy place (ex: restaurant / bar, lawnmower, etc.) the day of a concert and the day after it to give a proper recovery time to your ears which should be twice as long as your exposure time.
- Consult with an audiologist to evaluate your hearing and so that we can assess your needs according to the risks you face before it’s too late!
Audiologists at our clinic can guide you and answer all your questions regarding the effects of music on your hearing, sound intensity / duration of exposure and how to prevent hearing damage adequately according to your needs.