Science: Professional Musicians Have Hearing Problems Because Of Course They Do
By Mick Joest 2014-05-03 21:56:29
Professional musicians are at a greater risk for hearing loss than their non-musical counterparts. If you were someone like Katy Perry and I was reading it to you, though, I might have to say that again or speak up. Luckily, Iím writing this and you arenít Katy Perry; so, I donít think we are going to have much of a problem from here on out. Now that the results are out in the open, how exactly are researchers explaining the link between professional musicians and hearing loss?
If your guess was being exposed to sound, loud pyrotechnics, and deafening crowds, youíd be right on par with these German researchers who did the study. It seems fairly obvious that your hearing would take a hit after spending half a year on tour being exposed to loud noises every night. Heck going to one concert can leave my ears ringing so Iím shocked to find out there arenít more deaf musicians out there! The hearing problems can range anywhere from complete loss to a constant ringing of the ears aka tinnitus.
The hilarious part was that this study was done to refute an earlier claim by researchers that professional musicians had a wider range of hearing sensitivity. This sensitivity allowed for them to hear a wider range of sounds and possibly couldíve served as an explanation to why they were as successful as they were. The researchers not only disproved this, but went on further to say any advantage a singer or musician wouldíve had prior to fame would have been demolished by the amount of damage their ears take on a nightly basis. In short, the guys who tried to say Justin Bieber is better than us because he can hear more were given the scientific ďserveĒ of sorts by our German pals.
Unless youíre Beethoven, losing your hearing is not good for your legacy or career in music. It has been suggested that music stars and celebs wear protective muffs to keep their ears safe and free from harm, but Iím sure not many people are going to do that. Unless youíre a DJ or Lady Gaga, youíre going to look utterly ridiculous walking around on stage with a big noise reducing set of earmuffs, which is why most donít do it to begin with. I would also imagine that itís very difficult to find your pitch when you have your hearing blocked out. So it looks like we are just going to have to wait and see how long it takes Britney Spears to get hearing aids.