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Hearing Healthcare Resources

Music and Hearing Loss

Much has been written about the hearing damage that listening to loud music can cause. Few people realize, however, that musicians also suffer from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises.

Tinnitus is often an early signal that hearing loss is occurring. Even symphony musicians, whose acoustic seating arrangement causes the music to be played directly at the musician in the next row, can experience hearing loss.

Hearing protective devices have been developed that, unlike ear plugs, don't hinder a musicians ability to hear the music but do moderate dangerous sound levels.