Protecting Your Hearing

This audio program discusses the best ways to manage your listening environment. Protecting your hearing is critical for your career in music production and, at least, for the enjoyment of listening to music. This is not just about wearing earplugs. It is a day to day approach to protect and improve your hearing.

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The following is an outline of the topics to be discussed:


Loudness is measured in Decibels using Sound Pressure Level as a reference. This program will discuss how loudness is measured and what is used to reference the levels that are measured. There will be information about the different types of loudness and how to protect yourself from them.

Threshold of Hearing

This section of the program will explain the thresholds of our hearing range. How soft is the lowest sound we can hear. It's lower than you might think.

The Threshold of Pain

Here I will discuss what is the loudest sound level we are capable of perceiving before our hearing mechanism starts to distort. What environments can create these noise levels. At what level do we start to feel pain and cause permanent hearing loss.

Transient Loudness

Not all sound levels are equal. Transient loudness is more harmful to our hearing mechanism than sustained loudness.

Your Daily Listening Environment

In this section I will discuss ways to limit fatigue to your hearing and nervous system by controlling how you listen to audio at home.

Headphones and Earbuds

Improper use of headphones and earbuds can cause more damage than almost any other listening environment. Because there is no cushion between the speaker and your ear drum extra care must be taken.

Additive Abuse

It's not usually one event that causes hearing loss, but an accumulation of lower level abuse. In this section I will also discuss the importance of resting your ears.


Not all earplugs are equal. The biggest part of using hearing protection is knowing what type of earplug is best. It is also important to know when, where and how best to use them.

Custom Earplugs

Custom earplugs are the best way to protect your hearing. This section explains why they are worth the money spent.

Hearing Protection on a Budget

There are many cheap alternatives for hearing protection. Most can cause more problems than they are meant to solve. Learn how to choose the best earplugs on a budget and what to consider when using earplugs that are less than optimal.

The importance of Protecting Your Hearing

Whether we use our ears for producing music or just listening to music, protecting your hearing is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Remember, hearing adds meaning to our lives.

Click on the audio player below to listen to this program. I hope you enjoy this audio on protecting your hearing.

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Anatomy of the Ear

Temporary Threshold Shift

Critical Listening

Audio Ear Training

Physics of Sound

The Decibel

Fletcher and Munson

Selective Hearing

Speed of Sound and Wavelength

Acoustical Phase

The Sound Envelope

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