Hearing damage in pop/rock musicians: assessment of their rehearsal environment

TitleHearing damage in pop/rock musicians: assessment of their rehearsal environment
Publication TypeMaster Thesis
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRuano Gullón, L.
AbstractMusicians are one of the population sectors that are in high risk of suffering hearing diseases. As music is sound that generally don’t disturb even at a high volume, the awareness of potential issues derived from being exposed to those high levels is very low. The present thesis is developed considering a pop/rock style. It is aimed to rise the awareness of the problem among musicians of one of the most important music styles as former studies state that 74% of rock musicians suffer hearing loss. Throughout the following sections it will be presented different approaches and solutions that were taken in former studies. As part of this thesis goals and as a starting point in prevention, it will be presented a methodology in order to asses the sound levels to which one is exposed to. In addition measures of a real rehearsing situation were taken. Hearing damage in musicians does not only represents a decrease in their quality of life but also a potential loss of the essential component that they need to do what they probably love.
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