29. April 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Hearing

Musicians have hearing problems caused by prolonged exposure to sound. This also applies to performers of classical music, who are exposed to high sound levels. Hearing problems also affect the musicians’ experience of their working environment. Stress and experiencing the working environment as noisy are associated with hearing problems. Although musicians are worried about their hearing, the use of hearing protectors is rare.

Read more here.

I have special musician’s earplugs. I hate them, but I have them. And I try to wear them when possible. But I’ll never ever like them. Really.

(I got mine from this company, and while I say I hate them, I just mean that it bugs me to have to wear them because I hear my tongue clacking against the reed. I DO appreciate them, and I should have gotten them years ago.)

I am especially concerned with middle and high school students’ ears. I wonder if any band directors out there have seen what a decibel meter reports to them when the band is playing full blast in the bandroom. I own a decibel meter, and I’d happily loan it out to parents, students and directors if they want to borrow it to see what they are subjecting their ears to. I think all middle and high school students should have a musicians’ earplugs.

Hearing loss isn’t repairable.


  1. I have earplugs (alpine music safe pro, not those fitted really professional things) and I wear them when I go to loud concerts.
    Am I right if I think this article implies you also have to use them when playing a classical music concert? It’s not that loud, and I would think it affects how you hear the music…

  2. It’s actually quite surprising how loud a classical music concert can be … depending upon the work, of course! One of our bassoonists measured the decibel level (she sits in front of the trumpets) and it was at the danger level for far too long!

    I only use them during loud parts, but they are necessary!