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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Student musicians are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss, study finds

A new study focused on student musicians who perform in a pep band during university basketball games and the daily noise levels that they endure. The study found that the noise that surrounded the seventy-two participants during these games greatly exceeded the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) recommended daily noise dosage. The study followed the participants for three basketball seasons, with about nine games each, to observe the noise levels that they are exposed to. The participants of the study also reported that earplugs or other interventions did not provide enough protection from noise or caused communication and intonation issues. Along with this, about two-thirds of the musicians reported that they don't regularly wear hearing protection at these school functions. The study's questionnaire also revealed that the participants showed a mild deficiency in their knowledge on hearing loss and hearing loss prevention. With the amplified amount of noise exceeding the recommended dosage, the participants are at a high risk for permanent hearing loss. This risk for permanent hearing loss or noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be damaging to the future careers of these student musicians. ​

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