What do you need to know?

  • Musicians and technicians working in studios are often exposed to high levels of noise at work
  • Duration of exposure is as important as level of noise
  • Some instruments, particularly brass and percussion can cause high sound levels
  • Amplified sound can easily reach dangerous levels
  • However, many of the controls are simple and cost-effective and need not affect the quality of the recording

Factors that can contribute to permanant hearing damage include:

Poor layout and position of people and equipment

Unbalanced programme/repertoire

Length of exposure: Musicians and technicians can be exposed to high sound levels over a long period during their working week both in the studio and during their own practice and performance.

You can find out more about noise exposure in:

Many of the issues will be similar to those that arise in other performance areas (see Amplified Live Music and Concert Halls and Theatres)

You may also need to think about: