Date of Degree
Barbara E. Weinstein
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Music Induced Hearing Loss, Patient Centered Care, Musicians, Audiology, Toolkit
The toolkit for audiologists working with musicians includes a set of materials for use in a musician centered audiology practice. Given the rise in streaming of music by individuals of all ages and the recognition of susceptibility of musicians to hearing loss, the prevalence of hearing loss is on the rise necessitating the need for materials and protocols to better protect, educate, and treat music lovers of all ages who may be prone to hearing loss. Music induced hearing loss typically falls under the category of recreational noise exposure, a subset of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Musicians are the most susceptible given their prolonged exposure to a variety of instruments during rehearsal and performance. Musicians are also at an increased risk for hearing loss comorbidities such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, recruitment, and pitch distortion, all of which can be detrimental to the musician’s ability to enjoy and perform music (Santucci, 2009).
Musicians with hearing loss are a particularly difficult group to treat, as they crave high fidelity sound input. The materials which comprise this toolkit were developed to engage and educate musicians about hearing conservation, hearing health, technology, and accessibility options available to them. The musician focused materials were developed to build trust in the patient-audiologist relationship through health education and patient centered care.
Bonavita, Ava, "A Musician Centered Toolkit for Audiologists" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.
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