Affecting Life-Long Habits of School-Age Musicians The Musicians' Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 2003 with the purpose of impacting the Western Pennsylvania community of musicians and other noise-exposed individuals. The goal is to provide education empowering individuals of all ages to make choices regarding their noise exposures and to provide hearing ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2009
Affecting Life-Long Habits of School-Age Musicians
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Catherine V. Palmer
    University of Pittsburgh, Audiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
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Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 2009
Affecting Life-Long Habits of School-Age Musicians
Perspectives on Audiology, May 2009, Vol. 5, 21-27. doi:10.1044/poa5.1.21
Perspectives on Audiology, May 2009, Vol. 5, 21-27. doi:10.1044/poa5.1.21
Abstract

The Musicians' Hearing Center at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 2003 with the purpose of impacting the Western Pennsylvania community of musicians and other noise-exposed individuals. The goal is to provide education empowering individuals of all ages to make choices regarding their noise exposures and to provide hearing protection as part of the overall solution when indicated. Encouraging life-long healthy hearing habits is at the core of the center’s mission. The recent data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicating that school-age children are the fastest growing population of noise-exposed individuals suffering permanent hearing loss motivated the center to create a focus area on school-age children. After examining the likelihood of affecting various groups of children, the center decided to address this issue by targeting the life-long habits of school-age instrumental students and their teachers through an education and hearing protection program. This is a group of individuals who are known to have potentially damaging levels of sound exposure through a school activity and a group of individuals who are using their hearing for a specific purpose (i.e., making music). The program and various aspects of promoting and maintaining the program are described in the following article.

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