The audiological health of horn players

Wilson, Wayne J., O'Brien, Ian and Bradley, Andrew P. (2013) The audiological health of horn players. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 10 11: 590-596. doi:10.1080/15459624.2013.818227

Author Wilson, Wayne J.
O'Brien, Ian
Bradley, Andrew P.
Title The audiological health of horn players
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-9624
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15459624.2013.818227
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 11
Start page 590
End page 596
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Among orchestral musicians, horn players are one of the most at-risk groups for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). To investigate this group further, pure tone audiometry and a 14-item questionnaire were used to assess the hearing health, as well as attitudes and practices regarding hearing conservation, among 142 French horn players attending an international horn conference in Brisbane, Australia. Of this study's French horn players, 11.1% to 22.2%, and 17.7% to 32.9% of those aged ≤40 years, showed some form of hearing loss (corrected for age and gender) typical of NIHL, using conservative versus lenient criteria, respectively. Stepwise multiple regression analyses showed no obvious predictor of hearing loss in this study's participants. Of the 18% of participants who reported using hearing protection, 81% used this protection “sometimes” and 50% used generic, foam, or other inferior forms of protection. Continued efforts to better manage the hearing health of horn players is warranted particularly as any hearing loss will affect a horn player's ability to perform and therefore his or her livelihood. Managing the hearing health of horn players will be challenging, however, with no simple predictor of NIHL loss being identified in this study's sample.
Keyword Hearing
Noise induced hearing loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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