Face the Music: A 12 year study of the sound of performance and hearing of classical music
* Presenting author
The Acoustics Group has collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music since the enforcement of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations in 2008. Every new student has attended an awareness course on the sound of performance and hearing, undertaken health surveillance and has been questioned as to their aural history. In addition, the sound of performance, in terms of individual practice, rehearsal and performance has been measured for all types of instrument. This dataset has been analysed to determine the hearing acuity of classical musicians and their occupational sound exposure. A paper will be presented on this analysis which suggests that self produced music has much less impact on hearing loss than typical noise exposure, as given in ISO 1999:2013.