03 December 2019

Playing in a school band? Take care of your hearing!

A study finds that playing in a middle or a high school band can result in a minor noise-induced hearing loss.

Playing in a school band has many benefits. You learn to play, work together with others as a team, make friends and have great experiences. But playing in a band may also put your hearing at risk, a study finds.

A small study carried out in the US, “Prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Middle and High School Band Members: A Preliminary Study”, published in “Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedia”, has found that people who play in middle or high school bands have an increased risk of a minor noise-induced hearing loss at some frequencies.

Two out of three

Around two out of three of the band members examined had a 15 dB HL or greater notch at 4,000 and 6,000 Hz in at least one ear.

Even though the sample was relatively small, 42 people in total in the study including controls, it indicated that you should take care of your hearing when playing in a school band.

Other larger studies have also found that being a musician and playing in a band can cause hearing problems including tinnitus and hearing loss.

Sources: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedia

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