MUSICIANS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER HEARING DAMAGE
A 2015 hearing survey by Help Musicians UK revealed alarming statistics around musicians’ hearing. #HearForMusicians is a campaign launched to raise awareness of hearing loss and prevention.
The survey was in response to the charity’s widely recognised health and wellbeing survey in March 2014 which revealed that 47% of people had experienced hearing problems in their career. In this survey, 78% of those who suffer think that being a musician was the cause.
Despite this fact, 68% of musicians haven’t had a hearing test in the last three years. 81% believed they should use hearing protection and only 67% had ever used any.
On average musicians are four times more likely to suffer hearing damage than the general population and 57% more likely to experience tinnitus.
Help Musicians UK is here to help.
We know that hearing is one of the most important tools a musician has and when we started looking into musicians’ hearing more closely we realised how fragile it can be. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable but also completely irreversible and as the leading charity for musicians, we felt we had to do something.
For more information on the survey, click here.