Re: Hearing Loss sites etc


Subject: Re: Hearing Loss sites etc
From: Greg Eustace (g_eustac@alcor.concordia.ca)
Date: Thu May 19 2005 - 14:31:33 EDT


There are electroacoustic concerts taking placing in Montreal (and all over,
Iím sure) that are utterly negligent in terms of the risks to the audience's
hearing. I know I can't go to shows anymore - because in my experience there's
a much better chance that I'm going to be exposed to such negligence when
amplifiers are involved. Even musician's ear plugs are not enough - when being
exposed to 100-120 db for 3 hours. Frankly, it feels like my refusal to
endanger my hearing is going to make having a career in music all the more
difficult.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the electroacoustic community doing to react
against this? What do the acoustic ecologists say? Are there venues that cater
to the safety conscious? What does Canadian law say about noise levels in
concert situations? What can the young electroacoustians (like me) do to
support the cause?

I'm a little disheartened by it all and I would appreciate your thoughts.

Quoting Kevin Austin <kevin.austin@videotron.ca>:

>
>
> A general introduction to (mostly noise induced) hearing loss:
>
> http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/
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>
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> >The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
> >has released a useful software package for demonstrating the
> >effects of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIOSH Hearing Loss
> >Simulator runs on a Windows-based PC with sound capabilities, and
> >allows the user to select different durations and levels of noise
> >exposure while "hearing" the effects on a variety of foreground and
> >background sounds.
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> http://holmessafety.org/hlsim/
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> Best
>
> Kevin
>

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