Musicians are almost four times more likely to lose their hearing, new research has revealed. And performing professionally, whether in an orchestra or DJ gig, can make you 57% more likely to develop tinnitus – an incessant ringing in the ears – the research showed.
A study, published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, revealed that there was a higher chance of hearing problems in people regularly exposed to loud noise.
Researchers looked at health data from seven million Germans between 2004 and 2008. Among the three million people who were aged 19 to 66 and in employment, there were 2,227 musicians.
Over four years, just under 284,000 cases of hearing loss were registered, slightly more in men than women. It was revealed that 238 of the people who suffered hearing loss were professional musicians.