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- AES Opens Early Registration and Discounted Pricing for 140th International Convention in Paris, June 4 – 7
- FREE "Exhibits-Plus" Badge and premium "All Access" Badge options now available online for Europe’s largest pro audio event of the year
- The Audio Engineering Society Launches AES Live Online Video Collection
- Exclusive videos featuring interviews with past, present and future leaders of our industry
- Binaural Listening Trends Tracked at 140th International Audio Engineering Society Convention
- An ever-expanding aspect of present-day audio
- Call for Board of Governors Nominations
- Deadline is February 15th
Workplace Noise Regulations in the Music Industry: A Square Peg and a Round Hole
Robert M. Ghent, Jr.
Many audio professionals are familiar with community noise regulations, but have little understanding of occupational noise regulations. The audio industry is subject to the same requirements to protect the hearing of its workers as other industries. However, lack of enforcement has meant a free ride for decades. That may change, as it has in Europe, with increased awareness of music-induced hearing loss (MIHL). This tutorial provides an overview of US occupational noise regulations, their history and enforcement, implications for the entertainment industry, and a look at what we might learn from European Union (EU) regulations. We will end with a review of best practices in occupational hearing conservation that can be adopted in this industry now.