Author(s): Mendes MH, Morata TC, Marques JM
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Abstract There are barriers to effective hearing protection among musicians. AIM: To investigate the acceptance of hearing protection aids in members of an instrumental and voice music band. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study of 34 members of the Municipal Indaial Band. Sound pressure levels were measured during a rehearsal, indicating mean levels ranging from 96.4 dB(A) to 106.9 dB(A). Subjects answered questionnaires and underwent audiometry. They attended a lecture in which folders and hearing protection aids were provided; subjects were asked to try using the protectors for 3 months. RESULTS: At the end of the study period, 56.2\% reported not liking hearing protection, while 43.7 \% accepted such protection. The most common complaints were discomfort with sounds (58.8 \%) and tinnitus (47\%). 77.1\% said that music might cause hearing impairment. A statistically significant difference was observed in the right ear at 4 and 6 kHz and at the left ear in 3, 4 and 6 kHz when median thresholds were compared with those from unexposed controls. CONCLUSION: Although most subjects seemed aware of the risk, few took preventive measures against hearing loss. This suggests the need for periodic educational campaigns and specific legislation tailored to music professionals.
This article was published in Braz J Otorhinolaryngol
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