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Hearing Aids for Musicians

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Healthy hearing is something that everyone deserves, but the need to treat hearing loss and prevent further damage is incredibly important when you’re a musician. After all, your ears are a central focus to your career. Problems with your hearing can affect your work and most passionate hobby as well as daily communications, which is why it’s imperative to seek the help of a hearing instrument specialist (HIS).

Musicians and hearing loss

While everybody uses their ears on a 24/7 basis, musicians need their hearing to be fine-tuned to a full spectrum of sound at all times, especially as compositions can have multiple instruments and vocal tracks running simultaneously. Whether you’re playing an instrument, singing the vocals, or producing the edit, great hearing is essential.

The harsh reality, however, is that musicians are at significant risk of hearing loss. We’ve all heard about the likes of Pete Townsend, Phil Collins and Chris Martin suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus. In truth, it should come as no surprise due to the long-term exposure to loud noise in the studio and on tour.

In many cases, musicians have progressive hearing loss. So, while hearing loss may be mild right now, it can gradually worsen to moderate, severe, or even profound hearing loss.

If you’ve noticed symptoms of hearing loss, it’s imperative that you take action right away.

Corrective hearing aids for musicians

Hearing loss is a serious issue for musicians, which is why you must treat the problem quickly and in the most efficient manner. If the hearing instrument specialist determines that you do suffer from lost hearing, hearing aids are likely to be the best form of management.

Of the three main types of hearing aids, in the ear (ITE) are usually the preferred solution because they fit in the ear canal. Those that don’t, such as behind-the-ear (BTE) devices won’t pick up the noise if played through headphones. Meanwhile, in-the-canal (ITE) hearing aids can be preferred because of their natural listening experience.

There are a number of hearing aid styles and features that are specially designed for musicians, and your hearing instrument specialist will discuss the best options for your particular needs.

The best devices boast technological advancements that make life a lot easier for musicians. One available feature that is preferred by musicians is a speech enhancement technology that allows you to better understand song lyrics. Meanwhile, custom accessories like wireless streaming devices can transmit music directly to the hearing aids, making it a safer way to hear the sound you need to.

Advanced music hearing aids can separate voices from music, processing them in different ways to provide clarity to the listener while other attributes include the ability to process a wider range of sound resolution.

Aural rehab and sound therapy can be used in conjunction with hearing aids. Still, choosing the perfect device is ideal.

Hearing aids for tinnitus

Tinnitus is another very common health problem that can impact thousands of musicians. The ringing and buzzing can be very disruptive when listening to (or playing) music. The symptoms can last long after the playing has stopped too, which can lead to a wide range of ongoing issues.

All hearing aids are useful as increased external sounds can drown out the internal sounds, but ITEs are probably the best solution. For the best solution, though, use hearing aids that can play musical chimes. This calming music drowns out the tinnitus with great results. While it’s not useful during the music sessions themselves, it’s perfect for after the gig/studio activities.

Alternative hearing protection

Even if you are currently blessed with perfect hearing, it’s important to recognize the delicate nature of your ears. As such, it’s imperative that you protect them in the right manner to reduce the threat of future hearing loss to a minimum.

While a hearing instrument specialist is primarily concerned with hearing aids, they can provide expert advice on precautionary tips. These can include:

  • Keeping ears clean from blockages
  • Avoiding shared headphones due to infection spreading
  • Wearing various ear defense items

Protecting your ears is a vital step in preventing both hearing loss and tinnitus. As a musician, it's essential for you to have clear hearing when performing, which is why you should schedule an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist to discuss your options.

Booking a hearing test today

Before treating hearing loss, you must first discover whether you do actually have any problems. Book a hearing test appointment with a professional hearing instrument specialist at Ears 2 Hear by calling our office today at: