How is your auditory health?
I don’t consciously think about my hearing health.
In fact, the only times I have over the years were:
– when as a child my doctor said my ears looked like a battleground after a spate of horrible ear infections,
– while performing the 1812 Overture and being next to the cannon (I tensed up so much I nearly throttled myself with my violin, it was so loud),
– after experiencing strange disembodied deafness after coming out of a loud concert or club,
– when the world was spinning when trying to stand up after my ears were syringed,
– and occasionally experiencing a high pitched sound in my ears.
The ears take wear and tear like any other part of the body and we musicians are one of the groups most affected.
So being noise or sound aware is so important.
I learned a lot from watching the great webinar on the ISM website, “Hearing Health for Musicians.”
It’s full of great knowledge and advice and discusses what noise levels are safe and for how long.
It had some really surprising moments.
A fact about hair dryers grabbed me, and I’m now looking at the world in a totally different way from the view of ear health.
Take a look, it’s a real ear-opener!
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