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Best Practices for Fitting, Dispensing, and Verifying Hearing Protection Devices for Musicians

Several types of hearing protection devices (HPDs) are marketed to musicians. Some types, theoretically, provide better sound quality which is more desirable to a musician. Unfortunately, there is presently little guidance on choosing appropriate HPDs for musicians and on clinical methods of measuring attenuation of HPDs. This paper reports on study data evaluating different procedures for HPD measurement to determine the most effective and efficient clinical verification protocols using several different methods. This paper discusses recommendations and best use of these in clinical practice derived from this data. The paper then presents a series of best practices for audiologists in choosing, fitting, dispensing, and verifying hearing protection for musicians.

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