BAPAM has produced new best practice guidance for hearing conservation in the performing arts. You can download the consultation document here.
The guidance is being consulted on until February 2020. All comments are very welcome and respondents are encouraged to discuss with colleagues and use this online survey to provide feedback. The final guidance document will take account of responses.
The document has been authored by:
Rob Shepheard, Consultant Audiologist
Dr. Finola Ryan, Occupational Health Doctor
Paul Checkley, Audiologist
Claire Cordeaux, Director, BAPAM
Summary of key recommendations
Healthy hearing is essential for musicians.
Education providers and industry organisations recognise the potential risk of sound exposure to performers and have a duty to identify hazards to health, and take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of causing harm.
Modification of environment, repertoire and rehearsal schedule all contribute to level of exposure and must be carefully planned in advance.
Hearing tests are vital for health surveillance. Early recognition of changes to musicians’ hearing is best identified with a hearing test called ‘Otoacoustic Emissions’.
Personal protection with custom moulded earplugs must be verified to ensure adequate protection.
Instruction and continuous education for all staff and students must be available and recorded.