Earplugs Essential for Orchestral Musicians, Study Finds

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New research suggests physical measures and sound screens do little to protect musicians’ hearing.

A new study from the Netherlands has found that earplugs are essential for orchestral musicians, revealing that physical measures such as placing screens between sections or creating more space between players are largely ineffective. The research from the Eindhoven University of Technology, which has been published this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, used the first two minutes of the Stürmisch bewegt finale of Mahler’s First Symphony as a representative example of loud orchestral playing. Full story.

Angus McPherson (Limelight Magazine) / November 28, 2017

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