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The Audiologist’s Role in a Musician’s Hearing Health

The Audiologist’s Role in a Musician’s Hearing Health

Northeast Indiana has a very vibrant music scene. Fort Wayne in particular is becoming known as the ‘Midwest Music City’. It is the home of Sweetwater, the largest online retailer of musical instruments. There are many orchestras in the area including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and more. In addition to these, there are also a number of music festivals including Middle Waves, Buskerfest, Rock the Plaza, and more that continue to be created and put on by the talented musical minds of northeast Indiana natives and transplants.

Skilled musicians are the reason we are all able to appreciate the arts. Their skills come from years of education, practice, rehearsing, collaborating, and listening. Musician’s ears play a vital role in their careers. Because of this, hearing protection and, in some cases, amplification for hearing losses, should be understood by these professionals. That is where an audiologist comes in.

Audiologists are educated and knowledgeable in the prevention and treatment of medical ailments that are frequently associated with exposure to high level sounds, such as horns, percussion instruments, amplifiers and speakers. Exposure to consistently loud sounds can cause damage to the ears such as tinnitus, hypersensitivity to normal to loud sounds, noise/music-induced hearing loss, or a change in the perception of pitch.

The Hearing Center is well-equipped to assist individuals throughout their musical careers. By beginning care at any stage of a musician's career with a baseline hearing evaluation, we can make certain we are providing the appropriate hearing protection for each musician. Collecting a case history that includes what instrument is played, and for how long, will provide the audiologist with information on what type of hearing protection is most suitable for the musician. This may include filtered ear plugs that provide a flat frequency response to music, still allowing the player to pick out fine sounds from other players in the band or orchestra. This may also include recommendations for in-ear monitors for live bands to use on stage.

Additionally, audiologists have strong backgrounds in the science of sound, and understand that speech and music are very different. If a musician has hearing loss, audiologists at The Hearing Center possess the knowledge to provide musicians who are pursuing hearing devices with the most appropriate music programs within the device so that they may still enjoy music and play to the best of their ability.

Audiologists at The Hearing Center are ready and happy to help any musician in the area in their hearing health journey throughout their career. For a consultation, baseline hearing evaluation, and education on hearing protection, call us at (260) 426-8117, option 4.