Journal article

The hearing health of live-music sound engineers

Siobhan McGinnity, Elizabeth Francis Beach, Robert SC Cowan, Johannes Mulder

Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Most studies of hearing loss prevention in the music industry focus on the risk of hearing injury to musicians. However, live-music sound engineers (LMSE) may also be at risk of hearing injury due to their work-related sound exposure. We studied 27 LMSE, all of whom underwent otologic examination, including audiometry, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, speech discrimination and uncomfortable loudness levels, and completed a questionnaire investigating their history of sound exposure and use of hearing protectors. Hearing thresholds were significantly poorer than normative data across several frequencies, and a substantial proportion reported constant tinnitus (30%) and reduced sound ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support of HEARing CRC, established under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. The authors declare no conflicts of interest related to this study.