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Instrument-specific Reports of Hearing Loss: Differences between Classical and Nonclassical Musicians

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Chesky, K.
Journal Title: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Date Published: Mar-00
Language: English
Category: Hearing Loss
Key Words: instrumental hearing loss classical nonclassical musician
Full Citation: Chesky, Kris, and Miriam A. Henoch. Instrument-specific Reports of Hearing Loss: Differences between Classical and Nonclassical Musicians. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 15, no. 1 (March 2000): 35-38.
Full Abstract: Classically trained musicians have a lower record of hearing loss in every instrument. Over all, 25.4% of classical trumpeters report hearing loss, and 37.8% of non-classically trained players. This shows that the average classically trained trumpet player has a 12.4% better chance of not developing hearing loss than the non-classically trained player. The highest percentage of hearing loss comes from non-classically trained trombonists, followed closely by non-classically trained trumpet players by a margin of only 6.2%. Over all, 19.8% of classical musicians report problems with hearing loss. On the other end of the musical spectrum, 32.8% of musicians in popular non-classically trained genres, such as Rock, report a problem with hearing loss.