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Do In-ear monitors protect musicians' hearing?
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7048-523X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Media, audio technology and experience production and theater.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Media, audio technology and experience production and theater.
2017 (English)In: 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In-ear monitors for live performances are commonly considered to give better sound quality than loudspeaker monitors. They are also often assumed to reduce sound exposure. Because of lack of evidence for this, sound exposure for pop/rock/jazz musicians was compared between performances with in-ear and loudspeaker monitors. Equivalent sound pressure levels at the musicians' ears were 94 to 105 dBA with loudspeaker and 86 to 108 dBA with in-ear monitors. Many participants used earplugs when using loudspeaker monitors. Therefore, the recommendation, from a pure hearing protection perspective, is to use loudspeaker monitors and earplugs. However, the large spread in levels between musicians using in-ear monitors suggests that with better training and measurements of sound exposure, in-ear monitors could be used safely.

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2017.
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
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Audio Technology; Engineering Acoustics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65103Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85026655617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65103DiVA: diva2:1133320
Conference
142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017,Berlin, Germany, 20-23 May 2017
Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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