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Rehearsal Sound Exposure and Choir Singers’ Hearing: A Pilot Field Study

Ryan, FM; Vardonikolaki, A; Bibas, A; Bamiou, D-E; Rubin, JS; (2021) Rehearsal Sound Exposure and Choir Singers’ Hearing: A Pilot Field Study. Journal of Voice 10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.02.005. (In press).

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Abstract

Exposure to high- and moderate-intensity sound is inevitable for professional singers during their working day, the majority of which is spent in rehearsal, preparing for a performance. The impact of self-produced sound exposure on singers’ hearing within the rehearsal setting has not been examined. OBJECTIVES: This original pilot field study investigates the feasibility of data collection and hypothesis testing of singers’ hearing within the rehearsal environment. METHODS: 18 professional choir singers are examined for hearing threshold changes following routine rehearsal sound exposure. Pure Tone Audiometry is measured before, immediately after, and approximately 24 hours after rehearsal. RESULTS: This study does not identify definitive Temporary Threshold Shift in this population under these conditions. That said, mean temporary threshold shift was found 3.61 dB higher than the recovery threshold shift in the right ear at 3000 Hz (P = 0.06), and this may be important to look at for future studies. CONCLUSIONS: Methodological challenges of this field study include dynamic experimental conditions intrinsic to the rehearsal process, environmental and musical influence on Pure Tone Audiometry results and estimation of sound intensity exposure.

Type: Article
Title: Rehearsal Sound Exposure and Choir Singers’ Hearing: A Pilot Field Study
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.02.005
Publisher version: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.02.005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Singer, Hearing, Rehearsal, Sound, Music, TTS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > The Ear Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124428
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