Meeting Topic: Musician Hearing Conservation; Keeping What You Got
Speaker Name: Erik Brizzee
Meeting Location: Devlin Hall, Boston College Campus, Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston AES Meeting - Jan. 2013
On Tues Jan. 22, 2013 the Boston Section of the Audio Engineering Society featured Clinical Audiologist Dr. Erik Brizzee who presented "Musician Hearing Conservation; Keeping What You Got" at Devlin Hall on the Boston College Campus.
The presentation was designed to reinforce responsible listening for musicians and audio professionals. The anatomy and physiology of hearing was reviewed with highlights placed on musician-specific information. Visual examples were shown of healthy and damaged areas of the ear as each problem was addressed. He described ways that hearing can be tested to evaluate specific problems and damage that has occurred. Comparative differences were shown and reviewed of acceptable sound level exposure listed by OSHA and NIOSH. The presentation concluded with hearing conservation strategies and a discussion of hearing protection options.
Erik Brizzee, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA, is a clinical audiologist with special interest in musician hearing conservation. Erik's love of audio began early with a particular fascination for analog synthesizers. From there, he was drawn into the field of Audiology while pursuing a career as a recording engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Utah, his Master of Science in Audiology from Northeastern University, and his Doctor of Audiology from Salus University.
Erik trained as a graduate student and later joined as a staff audiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Recognizing the need for bridges between professional and clinical audio, he began Fenway Hearing Conservatory LLC to help bring both worlds a bit closer.
Written By: Tony Schultz