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The human ear is designed to receive the minute longitudinal vibrations in the air that make up sound waves. The ear is very sensitive to excessive noise, and can suffer temporary damage after short periods of exposure to loud noise. The noise levels at which regular, sustained exposure may cause permanent damage are 90 to 95 decibels. The range of sound produced by the violin can range from 84 to 103 decibels.
Violinists who play in orchestras are often exposed to loud noise during rehearsals and performances. Practising with an earplug in the left ear can be an interesting way of hearing the projected sound of your violin, but it can be difficult to hear yourself or others properly when you wear earplugs in an ensemble. Hearing Health seeks to cover the rapid changes taking place in hearing healthcare, locally, nationally and globally.
I can’t tell you how often I have had the following conversation with someone at the Worker’s Compensation Board (also known as the Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board, in some jurisdictions) on behalf of a worker. Other than the agent on the phone being rather obtuse, it is a widespread belief that industrial noise exposure should affect both ears similarly, resulting in an audiogram that is essentially symmetrical.
Most industrial sources of noise exposure have much of their energy in the lower frequency region and most industrial environments tend to be highly reverberant.
Having said this, there are some industrial environments where this is not the case- stamping plants and riveting come to mind. This higher frequency energy is characterized by shorter wavelengths which do see the worker’s head as an obstruction. A violinist holds their noise generator (… I mean violin) beside their left ear, and after several years of constant playing, it is not unusual to see that the left-ear hearing loss is greater than the right-ear loss.
I wouldn’t blame the WSB agent, but perhaps she would do a better job if she were better trained and the agency’s “policy book” was updated to include reasons for audiometric asymmetries.
The Sensory Cortex- The part of the brain that contains tactile feedback from playing an instrument or dancing.
In violinists the part of the Sensory Cortex that deals with the actions of the left hand (the hand that plays the notes) is larger than the part that deals with the right hand (or in other words the bow arm).
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Beethoven inscribed the transcendent third movement of his Op. Written in the final two years of Beethoven’s life, following the completion of the Ninth Symphony, the String Quartet No. A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program. Enter your email address to subscribe to The Listeners' Club and receive notifications of new posts by email. Any opinions expressed at The Listeners' Club, except as specifically noted, are those of the author. The goal of the Ambassador Board is to engage patients and professionals in raising awareness about vestibular disorders within their communities and among their social networks. An ambassador is an enthusiastic and dedicated vestibular patient or professional, or the family member of a vestibular patient, who is interested in sharing his or her time and expertise to help elevate awareness for vestibular disorders. Distribute VEDA promotional materials (brochures, infographics and posters) to eight (or more) local places in your community, such as hospitals, clinics, senior centers, retirement communities, VA centers, libraries, etc.
My vestibular disorder was caused by a stroke that knocked out the part of the brain that controls balance. My story from the beginning of my dizziness symptoms to an eventual diagnosis is a long one.
My life forever changed when I moved into a high-rise apart building on the 24th floor last year.
A decade ago I was hit with my first Meniere’s attack - whirling vertigo while driving to work doing 70 mph. I was diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis in 2011 (a side effect of Dengue Tropical Mosquito Fever caught 30 yrs ago).
For several years I have given daily support of sufferers and their families through my FB page, Vestibular Challenges and Loved Ones. VEDA has been a great resource for me, and I have referred other patients to VEDA's website.
I was diagnosed with Meniere's in 2006 and have learned to manage it through yoga, diet, and other lifestyle choices.
I was a manager of a credit union, bent down at work one day & my world hasn't stopped spinning since. My dizziness, visual problems, ear and head pressure, and the complete disconnect I felt when I went to a grocery all started days after having a baby.
I posted a blog and my Facebook friend David Morrill, Chairperson of the Ambassador Board, encouraged me to be a member.
As a health care provider with a medical diagnosis, I found myself swimming upstream in search of information regarding my condition of Left Vestibulopathy. Visit VEDA's Resource Library to get more information about your vestibular disorder and download one of VEDA's many short publications. Please help VEDA continue to provide resources that help vestibular patients cope and find help. I had a case last week where a violinist came in complaining about years of violin exposure, and oh yeah, as an afterthought, there is an evil piccolo player to my left. After taking a case history to ensure that there are no other noise or music exposure sources in the environment, I led her in to the audiometric booth, only to find that her right ear hearing was absolutely perfect (at least her pure tone acuity was absolutely perfect at 0 dB HL). Well, most violinists have a slight asymmetry in their hearing in this region, as do drummers because of the proximity to the high hat cymbal on the left side. Ashley MacIsaac is a Canadian east coast fiddler who plays the violin on his right hand side. I think that we have all guessed by now that the culprit is the evil piccolo player, being off to the left hand side, blowing much of the sound towards the violinist’s left ear. Is this just a case of a musician being not that susceptible to hearing damage, and perhaps just moving the piccolo player into a closet would solve things?
I am not sure that the musician does require hearing protection but having said this, pure tone audiometry is a rather gross and simplistic measure of auditory function. I do feel that this musician, for whatever unexplained (genetic?) reason is not as susceptible to music or noise exposure as others which may account for the absolutely perfect pure tone thresholds in the right ear.
The short story then is the use of shields to attenuate overly high sound levels and while these are not perfect, they do work quite well for the higher frequency, shorter wavelength sounds.
Due to some mis-timed stage fighting (we assume), Roberto Alagna was forced to eat a knuckle sandwich during a performance of Tosca at the Royal Opera House earlier this year. Back in 2006, conductor James Levine tripped and fell over on stage at a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, sadly while he was receiving a standing ovation.
When mezzo-soprano Wendy White suffered an eight-foot fall on stage at the New York Met after some scenery broke underneath her, her career was put on ice.
Tenor David Rendall hit the headlines in 1998 when he mistakenly stabbed another singer on stage during a rehearsal of I Pagliacci. Tenor Juan Diego Florez was forced to pull out of a performance in Chicago in 2008 because of an infection caused by swallowing a fishbone.
Shrinking violet and all-round nice guy Arturo Toscanini once became so angry with a violinist during a rehearsal that he grabbed his bow and snapped it in his face, causing him serious facial wounds. It's one of the oldest, most-told tales in classical music, but the plight of Jean Baptiste Lully is still amazingly sad and weird.
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From More Music Breakfast at 6am through to Classic FM Drive at 5pm, we play a mix of feel-good classics and upbeat favourites providing the perfect soundtrack to your day. Vibrations can be sensed through the jaw and shoulder, and the body of the violin is positioned almost directly under the left ear. If the loud noise is experienced over long periods of time, damage can become permanent, resulting in hearing loss and tinnitus. A study of players in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra showed an average 6 decibel loss of hearing in the left ears of violinists, recommending that violinists use an ear plug in the left ear whilst practising.

Conversely, when the level of noise is very high, it can actually be easier to hear detail when using earplugs. Although tinnitus can be treated with vibration therapy, once hearing is damaged, it is not possible to repair it. They usually have hard concrete floors, hard reflective machinery, and, in general, minimal acoustic treatment.
In both these cases, because of the suddenness of the noise (from the stamping on metal to the quick crack of a rivet being installed), there is significant mid- and high-frequency noise energy in the spectrum. A right-handed riveter has the left ear closer to the noise source such that the overall sound level reaching the left ear is greater than that reaching the right ear.
A right-handed rifle shooter is oriented such that the left ear is closer to the blast noise source, resulting in an eventual audiometric asymmetry- the left ear will be worse than the right.
In a music venue there is significant acoustic treatment, ranging from carpeting and baffles to an audience that is highly absorptive of the incident and reflected energy. This is also seen with drummers with a high hat cymbal on their left side resulting in an eventual left-sided audiometric asymmetry.
He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals. The author is not responsible for the accuracy of information supplied by third-party sources.
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome has been with me since December 2012, after disemabrking from a river cruise in Germany.
My life has changed so much, but I have learned to appreciate every good day and every good moment that I can do something. Three years later I left my job as an instructional designer at a major financial institution because I could no longer keep up with the frenzied demands due to brain fog and anxiety.
Unsuccessful surgery meant I had (42!) intramuscular streptomycin injections at 17 to take out any remaining balance system but preserve some hearing. Being diagnosed with Meniere's disease at age 28 made me realize that I needed to focus in clean and healthy cooking using the best and freshest ingredients to be able to manage my Meniere’s and prevent other illnesses from developing in my body. Recently, a new type of vertigo has hit me, so I am back to the doctors to find out what's going on! I have difficulty with my short term memory, and I blend letters and words when I read, and I get very confused doing simple math now.
I was in my 2nd year of a PhD program in Edmonton, Alberta, getting ready to resign from the program. I was first diagnosed with this at age 36, when I lost my balance, equilibrium, and had many visual disturbances. Once the severe vertigo passed, I was left with chronic and disabling disequilibrium that forced me to drop out of college and put my life on hold. With canal plugging surgery, I got cured (6 years already!) Today I am 44 years old and I can have a normal job and do lots of sports again. Typically when one does see an audiometric asymmetry, one also sees some hearing loss in the better ear- it is common to see a 20 dB notch in the good ear, and a 35 dB or so notch in the left ear.
I did perform optoacoustic emission testing and there was no real additional information- the function of the left ear was poorer than that of the right ear, but given the inherent variability of inter-subject variation of optoacoustic emissions, I could not say definitely that the better ear was any different than any other person of that age who was not a musician. We see this all of the time with industrial noise exposure from factories and indeed statements about differing levels of susceptibility are typically in appendicies of noise regulations and noise models around the world. In all other cases, the sound flow would be upwards, but with sound radiation in a broad cone away from the piccolo player.
And musicians’ hearing protection is like chicken soup-it couldn’t hurt and in most cases (especially if its like my mother’s chicken soup) can be very helpful.
In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. As a result of the fall, she suffered nerve damage making her unable to sustain long notes and stand for prolonged periods of time. Opera singer Stafford Hartman was outside her home in Memphis, Tenessee, when she was robbed and SHOT IN THE KNEE. Whilst stringently beating out a rhythm on the floor with his staff, the composer accidentally bopped his foot. The middle ear takes the vibrations, which are at a fairly low intensity, and magnifies them. Tinnitus is a disruption to the tiny hair cells of the inner ear, which leads to an alteration in the electrical impulses that are delivered to the brain. The sound of a large orchestra can reach 112 decibels, and a survey has found that 52% of classical musicians suffer from hearing loss, and 15% suffer from permanent tinnitus. Many musicians also suffer from hyperacusis, a hearing disorder characterised by reduced tolerance to specific sound levels not normally regarded as loud for people with normal hearing. In very high noise levels, the ear actually becomes saturated with sound, and blocking out some of that saturation frees some of the receptors to listen to other things. Sounds that emanate from a machine to a worker’s left side bounce around the room and reach the worker’s right side with minimal loss of energy- the walls, ceiling, and machinery do not absorb much of the reflected energy. Also, unlike industrial noise exposure, with music, there is significantly more mid- and high-frequency sound energy which does see the musician’s head as an acoustic obstruction. The words reflected Beethoven’s gratitude for a burst of renewed health, following a near-fatal stomach ailment during the winter of 1824-25. The overlapping voices in the opening can be heard as a reference to the ghostly opening of the Quartet’s first movement. Ambassadors’ activities will be promoted on VEDA’s social media sites and online calendar of events. I was a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) since 1994 working with children who had neurological or developmental delays before I was forced into early retirement by what I now call “The Sneeze” - a child accidentally sneezed on me and it also went INTO my mouth. After 2 misdiagnoses and being told to go home and and deal with it, I now lead a support group for those with MdDS in Australia.
I learned to balance with one side of my body - which was easier for me than most because I had good balance from my dancing years. I lost my house, car, everything, and from 2010 to 2013 I was homeless until my disability case was approved. Just several months previous to this I was ranked 3rd in the World for Senior Deaf Women in 200m backstroke, but following the injections I was unable to swim without knowing which way was up. I published a Meniere’s cookbook in November of 2015 where I share the recipes that I help me manage my symptoms.
The frustration of not knowing what is going on and being around people--friends, family, co-workers, and medical professionals--who also don't know about this disorder is what made me want to become a VEDA ambassador. Meniere's has also taken the hearing from my right ear and I recently received a bone anchored hearing implant that has helped tremendously with hearing things to my right. I am now 6 months away from defending my dissertation, my son is 3.5 years old and is the light of my life. Today I am starting a new journey with VEDA to help and create awareness to vestibular patients around the Globe.
VEDA's information helped me learn to cope with my symptoms and answered so many of the questions that I had. I hope that by becoming a VEDA ambassador I will be able to promote awareness, compassion and education for vestibular disorders.
A notable exception is Canada’s Ashley MacIssac (no relation to Ashely Madison), an east coast fiddler who holds his violin “backwards”. However, in this case, the good ear was just too good and this violinist was a well-established tenured musician with a large orchestra with many years of service under her belt (under her chin?).
I ended up recommended musicians’ earplugs as this was a desire of the musician and I had previously seen almost all of her colleagues previously and they were quite happy, but I am not sure that they were absolutely required.
Indeed, kidnapping the piccolo player and shoving her in to a closet somewhere would be a viable acoustic strategy, but since this is illegal, I would instead advocate that some acoustic attenuator be placed between the piccolo player and the violin section.
The intrepid violinist would still be the target of much of the piccolo output but perhaps not as much as if all sounds were directed towards them.

The vibrations then pass through the fluid in the inner ear, causing the tiny hair cells to bend. This new pattern of signals can be recognised by the brain as a whistling, buzzing, or high-pitched ringing sound. For example, a violinist with an over-sensitive left ear may find it unpleasant to hold a telephone to that ear. In addition, since much of the noise is in the lower frequencies, the wavelength of the noise is rather long. They are the words of a composer who, earlier in life, grappled with the devastating realities of hearing loss, and ultimately triumphed. They helped me understand my disorder with all the information and research they have done through the years. And more excited when patients can get treatment and find answers.  I am currently working on a research project that I hope will build awareness about the importance of the development of the vestibular system in children. It provided me with information that enabled me to rebuild a solid informational foundation.
The aim of MdDS Australia is to raise awareness of this condition together with providing ongoing support and friendship. After six years of swirling down that rabbit hole into the black of hopelessness and despair, I can now say that I’m back.
I forced my brain to learn to swim again, but never got the rankings back, which led to years of learning to deal with loss and grief. I want to help spread awareness of vestibular disorders and to maybe help others with yoga through my blog. I was looking for help early on in my diagnosis, and I couldn't find any help locally, so I started a support group. I am a vestibular patient, in 1996 doctors diagnosed that I have left  labyrinthine lesion. I know , especially when you first get sick how difficult it is , not only on your personal life (career, money, family member stress) but just trying to navigate through the medical system  to get help, is a taxing effort at best. Since then, I have been able to return to college despite having two more episodes of vestibular neuritis and an episode of BPPV. With the help of fellow VEDA Ambassadors, it looks like there may be an English translation coming. Before knowing this fact, one of Canada’s leading magazines had done a feature story on him showing that he was holding his violin off to the right side. This causes electrical signals to pass through the auditory nerve to the brain, where the vibrations are interpreted as sound. His claim for noise exposure and hearing loss was denied because he has an asymmetrical hearing loss. Long wavelengths do not see the worker’s 8-inch wide head as much of an obstruction, so noise that emanates from the left side has virtually the same energy by the time it reaches the right side. I knew at that time I had to give back, and focused all my energy on helping to educate the public so more could understand this disorder. As a VEDA Ambassador my goal is to help others understand and heal from the shock and awe that this disease creates in spite of the limitations it imposes. The neuro-plasticity I believe helped me on land, and kickstarted my career in physiotherapy and later psychological therapy. I owe it all to VEDA. My decision to participate as an ambassador for VEDA was because the VEDA website helped me figure out what was wrong and find a doctor.
I always think how can I help and give support to those who in need, disabled patients around the world,due to this horrible disease.I'm very happy that even in age 45, I'm able to do normal thing in life, In Sha Allah. I decided to become a VEDA Ambassador to bring awareness to this diagnosis and to help others get the help they need! I was about to dash off a letter to the editor saying that they obviously got the negative of his photograph turned around when my son (who knows infinitely more about music, and most things), explained to me that Ashely MacIssac does indeed hold his violin off to the right side.
From the perspective of the conductor and the audience, all that would be seen would be a thin strip of lucite that wouldn’t really be noticed. Toward the end of the movement, the music fades into open fifths (a sound which emerges out of silence in the opening of the Ninth Symphony).
I received a partial diagnosis of migraines in 2008 (19 years later), then was finally diagnosed with a vestibular disorder in 2014 (25 years later).
I woke up in the middle of the night after turning over with my head spinning, and then nausea hit. This newfound confidence allowed me to determine which medical professionals were qualified to look after my well- being and would help elevate my quality of life. As such I have developed what I call a 'daily tool box' to manage my symptoms, particularly for my eyes, since my eyes affect my communication too.
While my specific type of vertigo isn't caused or exacerbated by yoga, the unreliability of when it will hit me has forced me to take a break from teaching (and driving). I was finally diagnosed with MAV after seeing what felt like hundreds of doctors with no answers. VEDA, however, proved to be a light in darkness, providing me with everything I desperately needed to know.
As a future social worker, I hope to raise awareness for vestibular disorders and support people who are impacted by vestibular disorders. During this time I thought I would have to give up my career and passion of playing and teaching the violin. The final moments of the third movement reach for an ultimate climax and then fall back into tender acceptance. After a full year of misdiagnosis by a local ENT I was sent to Dallas, where I received the diagnosis of labyrinthitis. I'm forever grateful to VEDA for catching my back, and I want to make sure they're around to support the next sufferer. I am keen to encourage people to find a way to become masters over their lives, even when what they feel and see seems such a muddle, as this can make them doubt themselves and their identity too.
I have a hard time thinking about how many people suffer with a vestibular disorder and have no idea what is wrong or where to get help. The decibel level and distortion of hearing two or three pitches simultaneously made the violin unbearable. While this may not sound like a lot, a 15 dB attenuation means that the violinist would be able to play 32 times as long before the same damage would have occurred without the lucite shield. But soon I began to listen to them and eventually I built a home recording studio and started writing songs. Thankfully, with on-going treatment and a low-sodium diet that I strictly adhere to, I am back to enjoying my passion. I'm always educating people on my illness because I don't look ill, even though I feel ill.
When I'm not vertigo-ing, I enjoy reading, music, the Atlanta Braves, traveling, and hanging out with my kitties.
Now, I hope to support and help others who are experiencing the confusion and frustration of a vestibular disorder. That year of misdiagnosis costs me my career, my freedom, my independence, my childlike attitude, and more. It is a constant battle to prove to people that I am in fact ill, even though I look fine externally. I don't want sympathy from those around me, but just to be knowledgeable about the illness and the seriousness of it.

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