A joint venture involving ÉTS and McGill
Preserving the hearing health of musiciansTuesday, March 3, 2020
Music students at McGill University can now evaluate their exposure to noise thanks to a new hearing health platform. This platform is the fruit of a joint venture involving the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear Technologies (CRITIAS) at ÉTS and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill.
A study conducted in 2009 and published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology revealed that 40% of musicians surveyed suffer from impaired hearing, and 19% of them experience tinnitus. That is why it is so important to inform musicians early on with respect to protecting their hearing.
According to Jérémie Voix, chairholder of CRITIAS: “Thanks to this platform, we hope to be able to inform music students of the importance of proper hearing health, primarily through controlled and judicious exposure to noise”.
Comprising a mobile application with an integrated calibrated noise dosimeter and a booth for measuring the sound levels of headsets, the platform helps students to not only evaluate their weekly noise exposure, but also to understand the hearing health risks associated with these sound levels.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own headsets and place them on the artificial ears of a mannequin located in the Music Faculty Library. Following a series of questions, the listening levels are evaluated and participants are provided with personalized information concerning their hearing health.
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Would you like to visit the booth?
The booth is located on the 4th floor of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, inside the Marvin Duchow Music Library, and is accessible during the Library’s opening hours. Please note that the entrance to the Library is located on the 3rd floor.