Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science Education
Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders
Committee Member/Second Reader
The purpose of this research project was to investigate collegiate marching band members’ use of hearing protection during rehearsals and performances. A second purpose was to identify the concerns of marching band members about the use of hearing protection. Finally, the third purpose was to determine if the type of protection used, standard or custom, impacted wearing time. Hearing threshold sensitivity, tympanometry, and use of hearing protection were measured prior to the fitting of the custom earmolds and again at the end of the marching season.
Pre-season results indicated that the majority of band members reported they did not wear standard ear protection for practice and performances. The reasons for lack of consistent use of hearing protection with standard plugs were comfort, forgetting to wear hearing protection, perception of volume, and quality of sound.
Most participants who did not consistently wear the earmolds stated that fit, comfort, and perception of volume were the main reasons for inconsistent wear. Overall, provision of custom earmolds was associated with increased number of RMB members who wore ear protection as well as increased wearing time overall.
Noise-induced hearing loss, Audiology, Hearing Conservation, Musicians, Service Learning
Myers, E. (2021). Noise Exposure and Hearing Protection in Marching Band Students. Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders Undergraduate Honors Theses Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/rhrcuht/71