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Document ID (ISN)110042
CIS number 09-1151
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jansen E.J.M., Helleman H.W., Dreschler W.A., de Laat J.A.P.M.
Title Noise induced hearing loss and other hearing complaints among musicians of symphony orchestras
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.82, No.2, p.153-164. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract A total of 241 musicians from five Dutch symphony orchestras participated in this survey on the hearing status of professional musicians. Their medical history was reviewed and their subjective judgment of their hearing and hearing problems was assessed. They were subjected to extensive audiometric testing, including audiometric thresholds, loudness perception, diplacusis, tinnitus, speech perception in noise, and otoacoustic emissions. It was found that musicians show more noise induced hearing loss than could be expected on the basis of age and gender. Other indicators, such as complaints and prevalence of tinnitus, hyperacusis and diplacusis suggest that musicians' ears are at risk. Continuing education about the risks of intensive sound exposure and the need for good hearing protection is warranted.
Descriptors (primary) Netherlands; hearing disorders; risk factors; musicians; hearing loss
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; safety consciousness; subjective assessment; symptoms; audiometric tests; limitation of exposure; hearing level; safe working methods; safety training in industry; tinnitus
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Diseases of the ear and hearing damage