Noise exposure of students on degree courses related to popular music

Christopher Barlow

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    In recent years, the number of students studying degree courses based around the popular music industry have increased sharply. These students are regularly involved in rehearsal and recording with electronically amplified sound, in addition to the normal noise exposure to which students commonly subjects themselves. The combination of the normal noise exposure of young people and regular involvement amplified sound suggests a higher than average noise exposure risk for these students. To date the majority of noise studies on
    students have focused on Ipod exposure (such as Portnuff and Fligor), and classical, orchestral and marching band musicians.
    A pilot study was run with 26 students on degree courses related to the popular music industry, from both production and performance. Students were surveyed regarding their musical habits both within and external to their university courses. This was then followed by a larger study of 100 students, including questionnaires, Noise Dosimitry of studios/recording spaces and personal noise dosimitry of a sample of students. Results indicated that students were at a high risk of excessive noise exposure from both social and university music activities. Students, despite 80% reporting having received education on hearing loss, were
    unlikely to wear hearing protection when in a loud music environment. 83% of the pilot study reported having suffered from tinnitus after being in a music recording, rehearsal or concert, 50% reported threshold shift and 28% reported having experienced pain or discomfort. This suggests the need for more robust education and monitoring programmes on popular music courses/
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Euronoise 2009
    PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
    ISBN (Print)9781615676804
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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