Instrument-specific reports of hearing loss: Differences between classical and nonclassical musicians

Kris Chesky, Miriam A. Henoch

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The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence of hearing problems reported from a heterogeneous group of musicians as a function of both primary performance area and primary instrument. Information for the investigation was obtained from the University of North Texas Musician Health Survey that allows musicians to report medical problems via the World Wide Web. Data were generated from a question regarding the presence or absence of hearing loss. The respondents were grouped according to primary performance area, according to primary instrument, and by primary instrument relative to whether they were classical or nonclassical musicians. Results showed that 21.7% of the 3,292 musicians responding perceived having a problem with hearing. Findings showed the highest rate of occurrence was in rock/alternative musicians; in musicians who were included in the nonclassical grouping; and in musicians who played amplified instruments, drum-set, and primary brass instruments. Implications for further research and risk management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Problems of Performing Artists
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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