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Exposure of Music Students to Sound in Large Music Ensembles

Exposure of musicians to sounds on stage has been a topic of numerous studies over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, the problem is still being researched as inconsistent conclusions have been obtained as to the risk of hearing loss among musicians. In this study exposure of music students to sound was measured during their activity as members of large ensembles: a student symphony orchestra, a wind orchestra, and a big-band. The measurements showed that critical conditions exceeding the permissible daily sound exposure level of 85 dB (A) occurred in the case of musicians playing brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments with a high exposure of the neighboring groups of musicians directly exposed to the sound thereof.

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