Health and Safety
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Click here to access the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) bulletin on preventing hearing loss of individuals in the music industry.
To mitigate potential hearing damage for professional musicians, NIOSH recommends that employers, music venue operators, schools and colleges, consider the following:
- Consider implementing a hearing conservation program that includes annual testing and training in workplaces that have noise levels that exceed 85 dBA.
- Encourage participation in educational and awareness campaigns on music-induced hearing loss.
- Increase distances between individuals and instruments when feasible.
- Conduct regular sound level assessments.
- Identify hearing protection solutions that work best for the individual musicians or affected workers.
Musicians should consider the following:
- Play music at lower levels during individual and group rehearsals, whenever possible.
- Wear hearing protection when appropriate.
- Have your hearing evaluated annually by an experienced audiologist.
- Give your ears some rest; take advantage of breaks in quiet areas when possible.