December 8, 2012

Study: 60% of orchestral musicians found to have hearing loss

Stuff, NZ -  More than 60 per cent of adult orchestral musicians are breaking their best instrument - their hearing.

In the most comprehensive audiological study of orchestral musicians, 60.7 per cent of those aged 27-66 had hearing loss, as well as 22 per cent of those aged 18-38, and 16 per cent in child musicians aged 8-12.
Capital & Coast District Health Board head audiologist Dr Sargunam Sivaraj conducted hearing tests, measured their music exposure and studied the progression of hearing loss over periods as long as 20 years as part of his Massey University PhD research.
"It is the best instrument that musicians have, and to say it is broken is hard," he said.

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