Sensaphonics is dedicated to helping people maintain their hearing health. Awareness of the issues and strategies for hearing conservation are critical elements to a continued good hearing. We urge you to check out the following links:
Protecting Your Hearing
Basic information that every audio professional should know for a longer, more productive career and greater quality of life.
Sensaphonics Magazine Articles
Articles by Michael Santucci
Audiologist Michael Santucci, founder of Sensaphonics, has made hearing conservation for musicians his mission in life. He has written many articles to help raise awareness and offer practical solutions for the hearing health of audio professionals.
Articles about Sensaphonics
A compilation of articles in the pro audio and music industry press on in-ear monitoring, hearing conservation, product reviews, etc. Includes several practical how-to articles by Sensaphonics staff members.
Academic Research on Musicians’ Hearing
Vanderbilt Study: IEMs and inherent hearing protection
This study shows that, manufacturer suggestions to the contrary, using IEMs does not provide inherent hearing protection. The critical finding is that, without proper instruction, musicians tend to use the same level setting with IEMs that they are accustomed to with floor wedges. This underscores the importance of audiology in teaching IEMs users to consciously seek the lower listening levels that sealed earphones allow.
Musicians and Hearing Loss study
Powerpoint summary of a 2006 study comparing incidence and risk factors for hearing loss in musicians vs. the non-noise exposed population. The study considers lifestyle choices, musical activities and listening habits in comparing hearing health among 887 musicians.