Did you know that over 30% of pop/rock musicians suffer from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)? NIHL damage is caused by an overexposure to sounds in a sudden spurt or through long/repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB). The average concert is measured around 110-130dB – far exceeding the danger zone!
Hearing protection plays a large part in musicians protecting their hearing, as NIHL is 100% preventable! Our doctors of audiology are experts in the needs of musicians – helping find protection that will maintain your hearing health, while still allowing in the sounds of music and the crowd! From garage band performances to sold out stadium tours, allow our doctors to help keep your ears safe from the high decibel dangers.
Custom molded musician’s plugs:
Why use custom molded musician’s plugs? Most over-the-counter ear plugs can cause distortion of the signal you are listening to. Custom molded plugs allow the volume of the signal to be brought down in order to protect your hearing while also maintaining the integrity of the signal. Musician’s earplugs are particularly useful because the amount of volume reduction can be changed. Each pair of plugs comes with the option of a 9dB, 15dB, or 25dB volume reduction filter. Different filters may be purchased and are interchangeable to meet the wearer’s every need.
Custom fit monitors:
What is a custom in-the-ear monitor? A custom in-the-ear monitor is a custom fit earpiece that allows a musician to protect his/her hearing while also being able to monitor the sound of different instruments and voices on the stage. The input to the monitors is mixed by a sound engineer and can be adjusted to the musician’s preference. Through an ear impression these monitors are tailored to each individual’s ear in order to promote maximum hearing protection and to maintain the integrity of all sounds on stage.
Universal fit monitors:
What is the difference between a universal fit monitor and a custom fit monitor? A universal monitor is designed as much like the ear buds often used with MP3 players. While universal fit monitors differ significantly from custom fit monitors in price, they also differ in fit and sound quality. Universal fit monitors do not create a good seal in the ear; therefore they do not attenuate sound and protect your hearing as effectively as custom monitors. Also, since the fit is not customized, this allows outside noise into the ear, requiring the monitor volume to be increased, which may degrade sound quality as well as cause you to reach the limits of your monitoring equipment. Although any in ear monitor is better than no monitor at all, a custom fit monitor provides the best possible protection of hearing and sound monitoring abilities.