A discussion of safety in the Performing Arts for professionals, students, teachers, and administrators. A sometimes terrifying look at some surprising conditions, what you might do about them; and how to plan for better safety in your facility, teaching program, and career.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The illusion that we're indestructible is sometimes hard to overcome, so we occasionally do risky things. The way we treat our hearing is just one of those areas of transgression against our mortality. The younger we are, the louder we like our music, and the less likely we are to use hearing protection when working or playing. NEWSFLASH: Hearing damage can happen at any time, any age, and in just about any setting. It's not just a malady suffered by gray-haired old folks.
Enter H.E.A.R., a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes hearing conservation, aural education, for the general welfare of everyone with an ear or ears. The H.E.A.R. web site at http://www.hearnet.com/ is a great resource for learning about hearing protection, protection products, and what you can do to keep yourself with a working set of ears into your old-age.
The H.E.A.R. web site has a great tools for teachers and healthcare professionals. There are informational posters, handouts, Public Service Announcements (PSA's), product resources for hearing protection devices, Training DVD's, curriculum guides and coursework for teachers, articles, whitepapers, artist bios, and event listings.
Damage to your ears is gradual, cumulative, and most of all, permanent. So, do yourself a favor and learn more about what you can do to keep tinnitus at bay, and your hearing in good shape.
Noise that is impulsive in nature like hammering, stapling, the clatter of scaffolding parts, or the clang of dropped tools can be every bit as damaging as sounds that are continuous like saws, music, grinding, or the droan of a truck or bus engine. Learn when to use hearing protection, and what devices can help the most and the least.
Oh yeah, you can make donations to support their awsome work, too. Don't be a cheapskate - chunk 'em some change.