Vocal Performance Teachers and Hearing Loss Hearing thresholds and distortion product otoacoustic emissions were measured for teachers of vocal performance who were gathered for a national conference. Results showed mean audiometric thresholds to be consistent with noise induced hearing loss, more than what would be expected with normal aging. Years of instruction and age were considered ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2015
Vocal Performance Teachers and Hearing Loss
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  • Vance Gunnell
    South Valley ENT, West Jordan, UT
  • Jeff Larsen
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
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Article   |   November 01, 2015
Vocal Performance Teachers and Hearing Loss
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2015, Vol. 16, 15-24. doi:10.1044/phi16.1.15
History: Received November 1, 2015 , Revised November 24, 2015 , Accepted December 9, 2015
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2015, Vol. 16, 15-24. doi:10.1044/phi16.1.15
History: Received November 1, 2015; Revised November 24, 2015; Accepted December 9, 2015

Hearing thresholds and distortion product otoacoustic emissions were measured for teachers of vocal performance who were gathered for a national conference. Results showed mean audiometric thresholds to be consistent with noise induced hearing loss, more than what would be expected with normal aging. Years of instruction and age were considered as factors in the hearing loss observed. It was concluded that hearing conservation should be initiated with this group to help raise awareness and protect them from hearing loss due to occupational noise exposure.

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