Sound pressure levels during amplified orchestra rehearsals and performances
Keywords:Acoustic noise, Acoustic variables measurement, Health care, Health hazards, Amplified orchestra, Musicians, Sound pressure
AbstractA noise exposure survey was conducted at the request of members of a professional orchestra, who were concerned about sound exposure levels during some performance situations. The measures indicate that the performers are exposed to significant sound levels during the performances, that could, if exposure length at these levels was sufficient, cause permanent noise-induced hearing loss in some musicians. These levels are higher than would be expected for the average levels experienced by these musicians because only amplified concerts, representing only a portion of the performance schedule for the orchestra, were surveyed.
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