At times in Music Education the subject of occupational health and safety seems to not be given the attention it deserves especially in terms of hearing conservation. It is worrying to see that this subject is not even mandatory within the curriculum at many of the UK’s Further or Higher Education institutions.
Many music students are exposed to sound levels over 85dB(A), however, even with their legal ‘Duty Of Care’ obligation many institutions fail to provide suitable or fit for purpose hearing protection. This compounded by the effect of social listening amongst young people is leading to signs that we may have a next generation of music lovers and performers with music induced hearing loss and Tinnitus.
Results from a nationwide research instigate by ACS for World Hearing Day showed:
• 70% of parents are worried about the exposure their child has to high levels of sound
• 25% of parents say that their child has experienced temporary deafness or ringing in their ears as a direct result of listening to loud music
• 41% of respondents say that their child has never been educated on the importance of hearing protection
"As a long-time survivor and touring musician in the live sector as well as studio, I believe it's incredibly important to look after your hearing and before it gets too late! Also, the ongoing preservation against any various degrees of previous damage is just as important. The great work that ACS do, not only in providing superior products, is the educational aspect around it and the awareness to protect the next generation of music makers."
Ace, Head of Industry Partnerships, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
"Thank you again for your time today with our trainees. They left with new knowledge and a better understanding of the importance of hearing conservation on their health and career. They loved it! Lots of questions about the science behind the ears flying around this afternoon in rehearsals!"
Jamie Turner - East London Arts & Music
"The Pacato's have been a great success! We issue them to every student, and this year we are going to roll them out to all music staff as well. "
Ian Mayer - Chetham’s School of Music
"I’m glad we got to cover something that is a very big part of life that I can relate to as not just a student but a lover of music :) "
East London Arts & Music Student