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Hearing loss in musicians

The risk of hearing loss for musicians is four times greater than that of non musicians. Whilst awareness and education are fundamental to managing the risks and mitigating exposure, there are ways for individuals to reduce daily exposure with minimal impact on their music.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra have been running a hearing conservation programme since 2005 and they are showing encouraging results 9 years down the line. Investigations into sound dynamics in concert halls, orchestral layout, use of rotational seating, risers and high quality bespoke earplugs have all led to the development of a number of ways to assist musicians to preserve their hearing.

Ongoing training in hearing conservation is essential, and whilst noise control programmes are mandatory in Europe the implementation of such programmes is not easy. To date no European programme has reported any positive impact but it is hoped that with an increase in awareness and training there will be less musicians affected in such a devastating way.

Reuters Health published this interesting and topical article – which can be read in full by clicking here.

Posted in NEWS on December 10th 2014

London Hand Therapy:

  • Injury prevention
  • Hand and upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Postoperative management

Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.