Preventing Hearing Loss in Musicians Consider this scenario: You have a patient who is a professional singer. She sang at a concert last Saturday night. On Monday, she comes to your office for a scheduled appointment. She mentions that after her performance Saturday night, she walked off the stage wondering why the applause sounded ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Preventing Hearing Loss in Musicians
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  • Jean Acheson-Hollowell
    The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates, Central Florida Hearing Center Orlando, FL
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Article   |   July 01, 2003
Preventing Hearing Loss in Musicians
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 31-32. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.31
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 31-32. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.31
Consider this scenario: You have a patient who is a professional singer. She sang at a concert last Saturday night. On Monday, she comes to your office for a scheduled appointment. She mentions that after her performance Saturday night, she walked off the stage wondering why the applause sounded so dim and why she experienced ringing in her ears? After a few hours, her hearing seemed to return to normal and she no longer heard ringing in her ears.
What happened? She just experienced a temporary hearing loss called a Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS). Each time she sings at a concert and experiences the same effect, she will experience a TTS. The problem is that over time, a TTS becomes a Permanent Threshold Shift (PTS). In other words, the TTS will develop into a permanent hearing loss.
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