15% TO 25% OF AUDIO PROS AFFECTED, SCREENINGS SHOW
Preliminary results released by the House Ear Institute show a noticeable pattern of hearing loss experienced by music and audio professionals.
HEI offered free hearing screenings to attendees at the 2001 AES convention and at this year’s NSCA and NAMM shows. At AES, an average of 15% of those tested were diagnosed by certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration technicians as having mild to serious hearing loss; hearing deficits were found in 26% of attendees at NSCA and 25% at NAMM.
“Our observations indicate that people who install audio systems or who are constantly subjected to amplified music are more likely to have hearing loss than sound engineers, who appear to be more aware of controlling sound in their environment,” said Dilys Jones, director of marketing at HEI.
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