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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 11, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

A free workshop sponsored by UL Lafayette’s School of Music is being held Sept. 23 to promote the increasing problem of noise and music-induced hearing loss.

Benjamin Kanters, a former club and studio owner and live engineer, will present “Hear Tomorrow” in the Ducrest/Gilfry auditorium in Angelle Hall. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon.

“ I know the dilemma faced by both artists and audiences. We like it loud, but in time that excessive volume will cost us our hearing,” said Kanter. “The challenge is learning to make informed decisions and to learn to moderate our exposure to excessive sound levels to preserve our highly sensitive hearing.”

Music Media Professor Robert Willey said he is using the workshop to kick off a new education and research project.

“ We want to teach our students how to protect their hearing, since it will be so important to them as future professionals, as well as to the quality of their lives,” he explained.

Willey said hearing tests will be conducted on music majors to provide a baseline for comparison with future exams and for research data. He hopes to also involve professional audio engineers, sound companies, performance venues and musicians in the community in his research.
“ The people that I’ve talked with so far have been eager to get involved. It seems that many people are already thinking about these issues, and many have a personal connection with a family member that has hearing loss or is at risk,” he said.

The research portion of the project will be conducted with help from UL Lafayette’s Communicative Disorders department, headed by Dr. Nancye Roussel.

“ It will give our graduate students additional educational opportunities in the areas of hearing testing and hearing conservation while also providing research opportunities for investigating the specific impact of hearing and hearing loss on musicians,” she said.

Dr. Phillip Noel, an ENT physician practicing in Lafayette and Abbeville, and audiologist Elena Treadway will also be involved in the project.

For more information about the workshop or the research project, call 482-6012 or visit http://music.louisiana.edu/hearing.

Document last revised Friday, September 11, 2009 11:34 AM

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