Noise Induced Hearing Loss is affecting London residents, including students, on an increasing basis.
Earlier last week, the Ontario Ministry of Labour extended their noise protection requirements from some, to all workplaces. This is under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. New workplaces include: construction projects, health-care facilities, schools, and amusement parks.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) can be caused by one-time or continuous exposure to loud sounds. This can also result in Tinnitus, an aspect of NIHL. London based Audiologist Margaret Brec describes the differences between Tinnitus and Noise Induced Hearing Loss as “small, but important.” “People with Tinnitus hear a constant ringing in their ears, while also experiencing hearing loss,” she clarifies. “However, not all people with NIHL have Tinnitus.”
Western University Music Student Jake Schindler is terrified of the effect this can have on his listening. “(As a percussionist) I am increasingly conscious of how loud I can listen to my music or practice.” Jake uses special musician earbuds when practicing his instruments. Jake adds, that Western’s renovated Don Wright Faculty of Music building only recently installed sound pads in all their studios, to help musicians play their music without fear of ear damage.
More information on NIHL or Tinnitus can be found on the Canadian Hearing Society’s website.